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Roger Ebert statue unveiled in Champaign

Apr 25, 2014
Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

A life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign. The artist who designed the statue of the late movie critic sitting between two empty theater seats says the piece took six months to complete. 

Campaign to build sculpture of Roger Ebert

Sep 10, 2013
Jeff Bossert / IPR/WILL

When filmgoers attend Roger Ebert’s 16th annual film festival in Champaign next spring, they’ll be able to pose with the famous Urbana native. A fundraiser campaign aims to build a life-size sculpture of Ebert, and unveil it as part of the festival in late April, outside the Virginia Theatre.  The bronze tribute to the late Urbana native and longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic places him in the middle of three theater seats, giving the trademark ‘thumbs up.’

15th annual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign

Apr 18, 2013

Two weeks after losing the man who started it all, the 15thannual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign.