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The Varsity Theater

Minneapolis , MN

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Minneapolis, MN US

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ABOUT US

Since 1986 the Loring Restaurants have brought the Twin Cities brimming life with such culturally iconic destinations as The Loring Café/Bar and Playhouse, The Loring Pasta Bar, The... Read more
Since 1986 the Loring Restaurants have brought the Twin Cities brimming life with such culturally iconic destinations as The Loring Café/Bar and Playhouse, The Loring Pasta Bar, The Varsity Theater, designed The Kitty Cat Klub and took the show on the road to The Music Hall Theater in historic Portsmouth New Hampshire, winning a prestigious A.I.A. award for Excellence in Design just last year.

Along with stunning décor concepts the Loring/Varsity continue to dazzle with the absolute best and freshest approaches to special events, weddings and corporate gatherings. NOTHING IS TRUCKED-IN: the proprietary venue approach ensures only super fresh and tasty is guaranteed.

Some other caterers spend a great deal telling you what they do but find it hard to tell you what the price tag's going to be--keeping it all vaguely in the abstract. The Loring/Varsity spends a lot making it happen, making it from the heart, and making it clear up front.

We think you'll appreciate "No Surprises". In these web pages you'll see plenty of detail and clearly spelled out pricing. We hope you'll take a little time to look it over and you'll probably notice it's a refreshingly different approach to the exciting planning you are just beginning.... Read less
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Cupcake13
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the pictures. My husband even said the other day that, "we will never have venue remorse, there is no place better." I agree. The food was excellent, the decor top notch, the staff amazing and the planning was so easy. You have so many decor options you can throw away your decor budget (you don't even need flowers) and still have an amazing space. When they say, "let us throw you a party," they mean it. Everyone was so easy to work with and things ran smooth the entire night. I would do all over again in a hearbeat just for the amazing experience we and our guests had at The Varsity Theater. If you want a worry free event, The Varsity Theater is the place to go.
Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the Read more...
Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the pictures. My husband even said the other day that, "we will never have venue remorse, there is no place better." I agree. The food was excellent, the decor top notch, the staff amazing and the planning was so easy. You have so many decor options you can throw away your decor budget (you don't even need flowers) and still have an amazing space. When they say, "let us throw you a party," they mean it. Everyone was so easy to work with and things ran smooth the entire night. I would do all over again in a hearbeat just for the amazing experience we and our guests had at The Varsity Theater. If you want a worry free event, The Varsity Theater is the place to go. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would have held it anywhere else. The staff was phenomenal. The venue and ambience was beyond words. If you are looking to have a fun/party vibe for your wedding reception I would check out the Varsity Theater!
AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would Read more...
AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would have held it anywhere else. The staff was phenomenal. The venue and ambience was beyond words. If you are looking to have a fun/party vibe for your wedding reception I would check out the Varsity Theater! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't for the loring/varsity combo and Liz! She is amazing! From the ceremony to the reception everything was seamless...it really was perfect! Tip for future couples: they underestimate the bar bill (I've heard this from other couples) so just a heads up, you should double or triple whatever is written initially (even if it is just beer and wine). We were told during dinner that we hit their estimation for the whole night which was a shock for me but it all turned out okay. Just make sure to give yourself some budget room! That was the only shock I had all night, our wedding really was perfect! Thank you thank you Liz!

We are so grateful that we chose this venue!
We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't Read more...
We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't for the loring/varsity combo and Liz! She is amazing! From the ceremony to the reception everything was seamless...it really was perfect! Tip for future couples: they underestimate the bar bill (I've heard this from other couples) so just a heads up, you should double or triple whatever is written initially (even if it is just beer and wine). We were told during dinner that we hit their estimation for the whole night which was a shock for me but it all turned out okay. Just make sure to give yourself some budget room! That was the only shock I had all night, our wedding really was perfect! Thank you thank you Liz!

We are so grateful that we chose this venue! Read less
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Jenn
Wedding:
2/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Go here for your event!

Great service - so personable and urban cool... everyone here is great. The venue is OMGosh amazing and the team will decorate and set up according to your needs... then they will throw in an artistic flair that will surprise and delight your socks off.

Great lighting and sound and twinkle lights to boot :-).

Jamie, Joel, Rob, Charisse - they are the best!

Go here for your event!
Go here for your event!

Great service - so personable and urban cool... everyone here is great. The venue is Read more...
Go here for your event!

Great service - so personable and urban cool... everyone here is great. The venue is OMGosh amazing and the team will decorate and set up according to your needs... then they will throw in an artistic flair that will surprise and delight your socks off.

Great lighting and sound and twinkle lights to boot :-).

Jamie, Joel, Rob, Charisse - they are the best!

Go here for your event! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Beautiful venue, exceptional staff! The Varsity Theater will provide you with a truly magical wedding reception. You may pay a bit more per plate then other venues but you will save money in the end because you don't have to spend a dime on centerpieces, linens, & decor. The atmosphere/character of this venue is beautiful just by itself. All linens and candelabras are included in the fee, and the food catered from the Loring Pasta Bar is amazing. Lucy, one of the wedding coordinators is the top notch! She goes out of her way to make your wedding reception the very best! Whether you have a band, DJ or bring your own ipod, your guests are sure to have the time of their lives.
Beautiful venue, exceptional staff! The Varsity Theater will provide you with a truly magical wedding reception. You may Read more...
Beautiful venue, exceptional staff! The Varsity Theater will provide you with a truly magical wedding reception. You may pay a bit more per plate then other venues but you will save money in the end because you don't have to spend a dime on centerpieces, linens, & decor. The atmosphere/character of this venue is beautiful just by itself. All linens and candelabras are included in the fee, and the food catered from the Loring Pasta Bar is amazing. Lucy, one of the wedding coordinators is the top notch! She goes out of her way to make your wedding reception the very best! Whether you have a band, DJ or bring your own ipod, your guests are sure to have the time of their lives. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
We fell in love with the Varsity theater because the decor and ambiance is dramatic yet inviting, and since it's already so lavish, it didn't require a lot of extras (flowers, decorations, centerpieces, etc) that we didn't want to spend money on. The staff is great, although you may have to chase after them for an answer sometimes. I got the feeling they may be a little understaffed at times. But on the big day, they were right on target with everything we needed. This is a great venue that includes everything - technician, wedding planner, caterer, decorator - all in one. The techs were wonderful to work with and the catering is done by the Loring Pasta Bar, which I probably don't have to tell you if you're familiar with Minneapolis is hands-down fabulous. Our day was perfect and a large part of that is because of the venue. We'd do it all over again if we could.
We fell in love with the Varsity theater because the decor and ambiance is dramatic yet inviting, and since it's already Read more...
We fell in love with the Varsity theater because the decor and ambiance is dramatic yet inviting, and since it's already so lavish, it didn't require a lot of extras (flowers, decorations, centerpieces, etc) that we didn't want to spend money on. The staff is great, although you may have to chase after them for an answer sometimes. I got the feeling they may be a little understaffed at times. But on the big day, they were right on target with everything we needed. This is a great venue that includes everything - technician, wedding planner, caterer, decorator - all in one. The techs were wonderful to work with and the catering is done by the Loring Pasta Bar, which I probably don't have to tell you if you're familiar with Minneapolis is hands-down fabulous. Our day was perfect and a large part of that is because of the venue. We'd do it all over again if we could. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
The Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater were phenomenal for our wedding ceremony and reception. The venues were beautiful, the staff was professional, the food was excellent, and everything was handled for us. Our guests were blown away! I highly recommend both venues.
The Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater were phenomenal for our wedding ceremony and reception. The venues were Read more...
The Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater were phenomenal for our wedding ceremony and reception. The venues were beautiful, the staff was professional, the food was excellent, and everything was handled for us. Our guests were blown away! I highly recommend both venues. Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
6/24/2012
5.0/5.0
The Varsity Theater really was a one stop reception shop for us. They offer catering from their sister venue, The Loring Pasta Bar. Their event staff is top notch. All of our needs were taken care of all night long. Our event captain, Luci, came to find us before all of our events (cake cutting, first dance, bouquet toss, etc) to give us a heads up so we didn't accidentally skip anything because we were talking. They told us when we first met with them that they enjoyed throwing fabulous parties for people and that's exactly what happened. We took advantage of their 'Shoestring Sunday Wedding Special' so we were able to get an absolutely fantastic venue at a sweet price. The reception was so unique and well coordinated, our quests will be talking about our wedding for years to come.
The Varsity Theater really was a one stop reception shop for us. They offer catering from their sister venue, The Loring Read more...
The Varsity Theater really was a one stop reception shop for us. They offer catering from their sister venue, The Loring Pasta Bar. Their event staff is top notch. All of our needs were taken care of all night long. Our event captain, Luci, came to find us before all of our events (cake cutting, first dance, bouquet toss, etc) to give us a heads up so we didn't accidentally skip anything because we were talking. They told us when we first met with them that they enjoyed throwing fabulous parties for people and that's exactly what happened. We took advantage of their 'Shoestring Sunday Wedding Special' so we were able to get an absolutely fantastic venue at a sweet price. The reception was so unique and well coordinated, our quests will be talking about our wedding for years to come. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing Amazing Amazing. We did our Ceremony at the Loring Pasta Bar, then went to the Varsity Theater for the reception. Everyone and everything was perfect. My husband and I are in the industry and tend to over critique, but there was no need. Our Captains, Todd & Cherise, were incredible with helping us with timelines, and decorations, music, and food. They were a pleasure to work with. Jamie was also just a wonderful person to work with. Not a thing went wrong. All of our guests said it was the most fun they've had in a while, ESPECIALLY at a wedding. Not to mention the food was so yummy. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you so much for everything, our special day was incredible.
Amazing Amazing Amazing. We did our Ceremony at the Loring Pasta Bar, then went to the Varsity Theater for the reception. Read more...
Amazing Amazing Amazing. We did our Ceremony at the Loring Pasta Bar, then went to the Varsity Theater for the reception. Everyone and everything was perfect. My husband and I are in the industry and tend to over critique, but there was no need. Our Captains, Todd & Cherise, were incredible with helping us with timelines, and decorations, music, and food. They were a pleasure to work with. Jamie was also just a wonderful person to work with. Not a thing went wrong. All of our guests said it was the most fun they've had in a while, ESPECIALLY at a wedding. Not to mention the food was so yummy. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you so much for everything, our special day was incredible. Read less
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tolson5007
Wedding:
1/7/2012
5.0/5.0
I recently had my wedding reception at the Varsity. I was looking for something that was different and would really wow people and the Varsity delivered. The service we received was amazing, the evening was stress free and so much fun. Our wedding was two weeks ago and people are still talking about it. The price is great (they don't up-charge for alcohol like more reception venues do). We had an open bar (top shelf included) and actually received a check back because we didn't drink enough (with 200 adults in attendance). The staff has an superb eye for detail and do more of the decorations themselves (all included in the price). If you're looking for a traditional type venue this might not be the place for you, but I promise the Varsity will not disappoint!
I recently had my wedding reception at the Varsity. I was looking for something that was different and would really wow Read more...
I recently had my wedding reception at the Varsity. I was looking for something that was different and would really wow people and the Varsity delivered. The service we received was amazing, the evening was stress free and so much fun. Our wedding was two weeks ago and people are still talking about it. The price is great (they don't up-charge for alcohol like more reception venues do). We had an open bar (top shelf included) and actually received a check back because we didn't drink enough (with 200 adults in attendance). The staff has an superb eye for detail and do more of the decorations themselves (all included in the price). If you're looking for a traditional type venue this might not be the place for you, but I promise the Varsity will not disappoint! Read less
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