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Originally built in 1901 as a bank building, the Jefferson Theater today shows discount ($3) movies in second run similar to the Byrd Theater in Richmond. When the bank moved its operations in 1912, the building was purchased and remodeled as a theater showing movies and also playing host to live acts. Having survived a fire, water damage, and several owners, the Jefferson is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on the Downtown Mall, which is for pedestrians only, it's a nice place to go to melt into a movie after hanging out on the Mall on a nice day.
Dress Code: Casual...it's a movie theater!
Updated Apr 26, 2006
Address: 110 East Main Street
Located on the Downtown Mall, the Greek-Revival Paramount Theater was opened in 1931. The interior details evoke a time of the grand movie palaces of the time. Closed for 30 years, the victim of cineplexes outside of metro centers which plagued the entire U.S., the Paramount underwent an extensive and painstaking renovation, finally reopening in 2004. It is once again home to films and live concerts, hosting some of the most popular entertainers ot today. Films are only shown a couple of times a month and are usually popular classic films shown on the big screen as originally intended. Catch a showing if you're in town!
Dress Code: Casual; perhaps dressier depending on the act
Written Apr 26, 2006
Address: 125 East Main Street
Here is my kind of place--a relaxed, informal, old-time bar. The inside has a rather quaint, 19th-century look. It reminded me of the old taverns in Williamsburg (see my tips for that town). There were two bands, both playing folk and bluegrass.
Dress Code: Pretty laid back.
Updated Sep 19, 2007
Address: 109 W. Main St., Downtown Mall
if you're in town and wanna dance...club 216 is the only place to be...not b/c its the only nightclub in town but rather b/c its the only place that opens all nite and serves drinks till late...its generally regarded as a gay club but considering its the only place worth going..eventually everyone from the other spots pour in afterhours...the place is huge and the music is great...its always packed so you won't have to worry about being bored...
Dress Code: standard nightclub affair
Written Nov 3, 2002
Address: downtown mall
You can always get dead drunk with the students. There's plenty of mindless partying about if you're that type. But there's other stuff to do too, particularly music - Charlottesville has one of the best folk music scenes in Virginia - for schedule information, look here.
Updated Aug 25, 2002
so tell me, what sort of items will McMonticello offer the touring public?
Oh I am SO glad you asked. It will have draperies, intercoms, three car garages, wallpaper of all shapes, sizes and varieties and a kaleidoscope of colors. It will have six place settings for uninvited guests, shower curtains, linen, and a TV in every room (!!). Your every whim will be catered to by a small army of enslaved migrant illegal alien workers.
It will have ponds stocked with gaters and a small gaterfed-chicken farm. Thats really funny, because do you know what alligater tastes like?
Dress Code: apparently, gator tastes like chicken *L*
Updated Aug 24, 2002
This is one of those pretentious, stuck-up college clubs where people go to see and be seen. If you want to be part of the "cool" crowd, then it's for you--provided that you look and act like some diva on MTV. If you want to relax and have a good time, then forget it. I would never go back there.
Dress Code: No formal dress code, but most people dress like they would at a disco or a fashion show. If you don't look "cool" enough, then no one will talk to you.
Written Sep 19, 2007
Address: 120 E. Main St., Downtown Mall
Great place to get served by people with numerous diseases including open staph infection sores. Also you may get to see one of the many under aged employees drunk, passed out and being carried from the upstairs bar. Eat at your own risk!
People getting hit with hammers & generally disgusting atmosphere unless you like junkie blood on the bathroom walls & the smell of puke & urine.
Dress Code: trashy
Written Oct 11, 2007
Rapture is a great restaurant and really fun bar. There are a lot of drink choices, late-night menus on the weekends (sometimes you need food after long night of drinking lol), and usually a good crowd.
During warm weather, the outside patios are great for people watching and the scene on Fridays and Saturdays downtown is usually pretty fun.
Inside, there are pool tables and a new dance club called R2. I have only been to R2 once, and I thought the ambience was really cool. Keep in mind, any club in Charlottesville is not going to be THAT great.
Dress Code: Casual. A little chic won't hurt, but in Charlottesville it really doesn't matter what you're wearing in the end.
Written Nov 6, 2004
Address: 303 E. Main Street
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