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The Varsity Theater

Minneapolis , MN

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Minneapolis, MN US

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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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Rachel
Wedding:
9/13/2015
4.5/5.0
My husband and I had a pretty long engagement - almost 2 years - but we knew right from the beginning that we wanted to have our wedding at the Varsity Theater. My first contact with Loring/Varsitiy Catering and Events was incredibly helpful in the preliminary processes, providing information and quotes and answering questions, so the process of reserving the venue and paying the deposit was very smooth. However, there was a very long gap in communication between securing the venue and planning the actual wedding and because there was some turnover in staff, there was some confusion. They also don't allow you to do your tasting or start meeting with your event coordinators until about a month before the wedding and I was raring to go much sooner.

However, once I started communicating with our event coordinators, things were great. We worked with Liz Nahm in the early stages of planning and she was incredibly helpful and flexible while we worked out the confusing details from the staff turnover. Kimberly Seymour was our main contact and main coordinator and once we met with her (and Ali Goldberg, who was our ceremony coordinator at the Loring), my husband and I started to feel much more confident that everything was going to be amazing. Indeed, Kimberly did a great job of getting in touch with my other vendors to prepare and directing the staff to help set up the other small decorations that I had put together (photo booth props, escort cards & wedding favors).

The only issue with the ceremony at the Loring was that the sound system kept giving feedback and it was distracting and hard to hear the officiant and my husband and I as I read our vows. I was so in the moment that I didn't really care, but some of our guests complained about that. We had attended a wedding at the Loring the week before our own and at that one the sound wasn't even working for half the ceremony, so I would advise testing out the sound system during the rehearsal.
My husband and I had a pretty long engagement - almost 2 years - but we knew right from the beginning that we wanted to Read more...
My husband and I had a pretty long engagement - almost 2 years - but we knew right from the beginning that we wanted to have our wedding at the Varsity Theater. My first contact with Loring/Varsitiy Catering and Events was incredibly helpful in the preliminary processes, providing information and quotes and answering questions, so the process of reserving the venue and paying the deposit was very smooth. However, there was a very long gap in communication between securing the venue and planning the actual wedding and because there was some turnover in staff, there was some confusion. They also don't allow you to do your tasting or start meeting with your event coordinators until about a month before the wedding and I was raring to go much sooner.

However, once I started communicating with our event coordinators, things were great. We worked with Liz Nahm in the early stages of planning and she was incredibly helpful and flexible while we worked out the confusing details from the staff turnover. Kimberly Seymour was our main contact and main coordinator and once we met with her (and Ali Goldberg, who was our ceremony coordinator at the Loring), my husband and I started to feel much more confident that everything was going to be amazing. Indeed, Kimberly did a great job of getting in touch with my other vendors to prepare and directing the staff to help set up the other small decorations that I had put together (photo booth props, escort cards & wedding favors).

The only issue with the ceremony at the Loring was that the sound system kept giving feedback and it was distracting and hard to hear the officiant and my husband and I as I read our vows. I was so in the moment that I didn't really care, but some of our guests complained about that. We had attended a wedding at the Loring the week before our own and at that one the sound wasn't even working for half the ceremony, so I would advise testing out the sound system during the rehearsal. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
8/29/2015
4.6/5.0
I am so happy that we chose The Varsity as our reception venue. It is such a unique, gorgeous, and FUN venue. My coordinators were so great on the day of making sure that everything ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. We have received so many compliments and comments from guests that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to! If you are going with The Varsity - get a live band!!!!!
I am so happy that we chose The Varsity as our reception venue. It is such a unique, gorgeous, and FUN venue. My Read more...
I am so happy that we chose The Varsity as our reception venue. It is such a unique, gorgeous, and FUN venue. My coordinators were so great on the day of making sure that everything ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. We have received so many compliments and comments from guests that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to! If you are going with The Varsity - get a live band!!!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/6/2015
3.8/5.0
This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their standard linens and table decor are gorgeous. We had a live band and it felt like we were at a concert. My only complaint is that our coordinators were difficult to reach and slow to respond, but when it came to the day everything went smoothly and according to plan, with little effort on my part.
This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their Read more...
This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their standard linens and table decor are gorgeous. We had a live band and it felt like we were at a concert. My only complaint is that our coordinators were difficult to reach and slow to respond, but when it came to the day everything went smoothly and according to plan, with little effort on my part. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
"This was the best wedding I've ever been to, including my own." "Best wedding ever." "Amazing venue." "Wow." "This food is incredible. Wedding food shouldn't taste this good!"
These are some of the things we heard from our guests that attended our wedding ceremony and reception at the Varsity Theater, located in Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you've driven past the venue, which is a regular concert venue for indie and other unique music acts, you've seen the marquee. But on Your night, you get to see your name and wedding theme or phrase up on the marquee, which is included in the venue price!
While it is not one of the most "affordable" wedding venues in Minneapolis, you get the most bang for your buck. And what a bang! The venue is so unique looking, that you don't need to spend a lot of money (if any at all) bringing in decorations or flowers. Plus, the Varsity Theater has so many beautiful props, linens, and decorations that you can use free of charge, which is what we did. You get ten hours of free wedding planning (Joel did a fabulous job), so they can handle all of the details that you would normally need to hire a separate wedding planner for. And because it is a concert venue and they handle events year-round, they handle all of the linens, setup and take down, lighting and sound. With a live band, it becomes an experience like no other. Last but not least, the venue is owned by the Loring Pasta bar, so they will cater the entire event. We did a buffet, s'more bar, and late night snack with absolutely rave reviews. I personally have not been to a wedding with better food.
Even before the wedding, anytime that we or our guests would tell someone that we were having the wedding at the Varsity Theater, people (often time complete strangers) would rave about the time they went to a wedding there and how amazing it was. It is obvious that the Varsity Theater consistently lives up to its reviews. I know we couldn't have picked a better venue!
"This was the best wedding I've ever been to, including my own." "Best wedding ever." "Amazing venue." "Wow." "This food Read more...
"This was the best wedding I've ever been to, including my own." "Best wedding ever." "Amazing venue." "Wow." "This food is incredible. Wedding food shouldn't taste this good!"
These are some of the things we heard from our guests that attended our wedding ceremony and reception at the Varsity Theater, located in Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you've driven past the venue, which is a regular concert venue for indie and other unique music acts, you've seen the marquee. But on Your night, you get to see your name and wedding theme or phrase up on the marquee, which is included in the venue price!
While it is not one of the most "affordable" wedding venues in Minneapolis, you get the most bang for your buck. And what a bang! The venue is so unique looking, that you don't need to spend a lot of money (if any at all) bringing in decorations or flowers. Plus, the Varsity Theater has so many beautiful props, linens, and decorations that you can use free of charge, which is what we did. You get ten hours of free wedding planning (Joel did a fabulous job), so they can handle all of the details that you would normally need to hire a separate wedding planner for. And because it is a concert venue and they handle events year-round, they handle all of the linens, setup and take down, lighting and sound. With a live band, it becomes an experience like no other. Last but not least, the venue is owned by the Loring Pasta bar, so they will cater the entire event. We did a buffet, s'more bar, and late night snack with absolutely rave reviews. I personally have not been to a wedding with better food.
Even before the wedding, anytime that we or our guests would tell someone that we were having the wedding at the Varsity Theater, people (often time complete strangers) would rave about the time they went to a wedding there and how amazing it was. It is obvious that the Varsity Theater consistently lives up to its reviews. I know we couldn't have picked a better venue! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Kelsey
Wedding:
1/31/2015
5.0/5.0
The Varsity Theater was PERFECT! It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for! Fun and unique, and the staff were wonderful to work with! We keep hearing compliments about how different and beautiful the experience was from our guests!
The Varsity Theater was PERFECT! It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for! Fun and unique, and the staff were Read more...
The Varsity Theater was PERFECT! It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for! Fun and unique, and the staff were wonderful to work with! We keep hearing compliments about how different and beautiful the experience was from our guests! Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and went over all the fine details of the contract with us. She told us we would work more extensively with our captain in the month before the wedding. I'm very...project oriented, so I wanted answers sooner. Jamie was extremely patient and good natured and met us to go over all my questions. When we got our captain, Charisse, we finalized everything else. Charisse even put up with my parents randomly showing up to our meeting (they were early for the tasting to follow) and smoothly dealt with everyone. She and I coordinated everything over email. We were always welcome to come to Varisty to see it being prepped for a wedding or just to remind ourselves what the space was like. They were always willing to try to make what I was asking for work. Charisse even volunteered to go pick up a case of mead (weird beer request) for us. Since I was doing all the flowers, she pulled a selection of vases they had in storage (I asked for just a mix of bud/small vases with some bigger ones for the guestbook and escort tables) and lent them to me in advance so I could arrange the flowers right in there. I mean, she just made things easy! Charisse and her team handled ALL the venue set up according to what we discussed and my instructions I dropped off the night before. The food was delicious, and all the coordination was completely handled by her and her team. It all made for a very relaxed bride - we were able to just kick back and have fun at the wedding!
We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and Read more...
We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and went over all the fine details of the contract with us. She told us we would work more extensively with our captain in the month before the wedding. I'm very...project oriented, so I wanted answers sooner. Jamie was extremely patient and good natured and met us to go over all my questions. When we got our captain, Charisse, we finalized everything else. Charisse even put up with my parents randomly showing up to our meeting (they were early for the tasting to follow) and smoothly dealt with everyone. She and I coordinated everything over email. We were always welcome to come to Varisty to see it being prepped for a wedding or just to remind ourselves what the space was like. They were always willing to try to make what I was asking for work. Charisse even volunteered to go pick up a case of mead (weird beer request) for us. Since I was doing all the flowers, she pulled a selection of vases they had in storage (I asked for just a mix of bud/small vases with some bigger ones for the guestbook and escort tables) and lent them to me in advance so I could arrange the flowers right in there. I mean, she just made things easy! Charisse and her team handled ALL the venue set up according to what we discussed and my instructions I dropped off the night before. The food was delicious, and all the coordination was completely handled by her and her team. It all made for a very relaxed bride - we were able to just kick back and have fun at the wedding! Read less
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megan
Wedding:
9/26/2014
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our rehearsal dinner + ceremony and reception at these venues and it was so nice to know our ceremony coordinator (Kimberly) and our reception coordinator (Luci) had everything under control from the first day we met them until even after the wedding. The location of the two venues made it easy for guests to walk straight to the reception rather than dealing with parking twice. The fact that we didn't have to worry about setting up or taking down (tables, dinner, decor, etc.) was worth all the money in the world. Our entire family and friends were always in the moment, leaving the rest up to the great staff at LPB and Varsity. Thank you for making our wedding so easy and perfect! Love, M&A
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our Read more...
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our rehearsal dinner + ceremony and reception at these venues and it was so nice to know our ceremony coordinator (Kimberly) and our reception coordinator (Luci) had everything under control from the first day we met them until even after the wedding. The location of the two venues made it easy for guests to walk straight to the reception rather than dealing with parking twice. The fact that we didn't have to worry about setting up or taking down (tables, dinner, decor, etc.) was worth all the money in the world. Our entire family and friends were always in the moment, leaving the rest up to the great staff at LPB and Varsity. Thank you for making our wedding so easy and perfect! Love, M&A Read less
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Aly
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. The food is also incredible, of course :).
We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. Read more...
We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. The food is also incredible, of course :). Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had so many people call and e-mail us to tell us how excellent the food was. They go above and beyond to create a beautiful layout for the Buffet while providing out of the box dinner ideas. Leave your usual wedding dry chicken/fish at home, Loring Pasta Bar delivers perfection.
Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had Read more...
Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had so many people call and e-mail us to tell us how excellent the food was. They go above and beyond to create a beautiful layout for the Buffet while providing out of the box dinner ideas. Leave your usual wedding dry chicken/fish at home, Loring Pasta Bar delivers perfection. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kyle
Wedding:
8/29/2014
4.2/5.0
The Varsity Theater is beautiful and the staff is accommodating. If you want a place where you don't have to worry about the details, this is a great venue. The price tag is somewhat high, but really worth every dollar you will spend. They will take excellent care of you!
The Varsity Theater is beautiful and the staff is accommodating. If you want a place where you don't have to worry about Read more...
The Varsity Theater is beautiful and the staff is accommodating. If you want a place where you don't have to worry about the details, this is a great venue. The price tag is somewhat high, but really worth every dollar you will spend. They will take excellent care of you! Read less
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