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Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel Film Center

Indie Movie Theater and General Entertainment
The Loop, Chicago
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  • The experts at Travel + Leisure and Chicagoist recommend this place
    • Travel + Leisure
    • Chicagoist
  • IFC
    "2 Thumbs"(2 Tips)
    FilmSchools.com
    "... to check out emerging filmmakers and top notch films! -filmschools staff"(2 Tips)
    Sei Jin L.
    "$5 movies and 4 free popcorns is worth the $50 or so price tag."(2 Tips)
    Diego R.
    "comfy seats"(3 Tips)
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  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZimmerAugust 21, 2013
    Check in on a Monday or Tuesday for the special: 2-for-1 tickets, free soda, free popcorn. It's like $18 worth of free stuff. Good for a cheap date night: intimate theater, comfy seats.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenDecember 28, 2014
    Well-curated selection of foreign and independent films right next to the Lake red line. Get a membership if you go see a movie at least once a month!
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    Chicago: 2 Thumbs Up! Enjoy the best of independent, international and classic cinema at the Gene Siskell Film Center with a side of great film exhibits and treats at the gallery and café. -IFC Viewer Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The only movie complex in the whole downtown area that still projects film. That gives the Siskel the kind of flexibility that makes their fare so eclectic. Read more
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 27, 2011
    2 Thumbs Up! Enjoy the best of independent, international and classic cinema at the Gene Siskell Film Center with a side of great film exhibits and treats at the gallery and café.
  • Curvatude
    CurvatudeAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love that they host events like the Black Harvest Film Festival but they have the most horrible seats. Folks end up literally between your legs because they lean back so far
  • Brianne D.
    Brianne DowningOctober 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Pros: The films are great, as are the prices (if you're a member or a student), and they sell beer. Cons: The seats aren't very comfy and the entrance smells like pee.
  • Flavorpill C.
    Flavorpill ChicagoMarch 13, 2011
    Catch forgotten gems, art-house experiments, local features & fascinating docs. You’d be tempted to call them populist, but the intelligent line-ups never pander.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 28, 2011
    It’s really a great juxtaposition of big cinema comfort – stadium seating, comfy seats, and nice screens – with interesting, hard to find cinema. Read more
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    A state-of-the-art theater that screens independent, international, and classic films.
  • Jenn Z.
    Jenn ZinkhonAugust 12, 2015
    Sadly, when the popcorn isn't good, it kind of ruins the movie going experience. However, they do screen a wonderfully diverse selection of films.
  • James A.
    James AllenspachNovember 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing schedule of first run films, retrospectives, and special programs. It's worth the money to be a member
  • Yanyo
    YanyoNovember 18, 2013
    Come for the fancy flicks, be sure to stay and mingle with 'the stars'.
  • FilmSchools.com
    FilmSchools.comJanuary 3, 2011
    If you are a film student, this is the best place to check out emerging filmmakers and top notch films! -filmschools staff Read more
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderJanuary 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Priceless view of State Street and the Chicago Theatre from the roomy "lounge."
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    The membership here is totally worth it. $5 movies and 4 free popcorns is worth the $50 or so price tag. Best movie house in Chicago in my opinion: programming and venue.
  • Stephanie H.
    If you come here often, become a member and get discounted tickets.
  • Chicago Cultural Plan 2012
    Sign up for the newsletter! If you can't make it 2 a show, it's a great goto recommendation list when DVD hunting!
  • Bryce J.
    Bryce JensenDecember 2, 2014
    Great filmmaker lecture series and one of the only theaters that still tries to show actual film.
  • Walgreens
    WalgreensJanuary 9, 2012
    Fresh hand-rolled sushi and sashimi prepared daily... Check out the all new Walgreens at State and Randolph!
  • John G.
    John GrantmanMay 8, 2012
    Some are so bad... they are good. Overall best place for independant and student films.
  • Julio L.
    Julio LopezJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the best movie theater in the world.
  • Steven G.
    Steven GowinSeptember 13, 2011
    Popcorn has nasty palm butter, but tastes good. They'll try to tell you palm butter is ok. Tastes good but lethal.
  • Brett B.
    Brett BApril 17, 2013
    I love this place not sure what they do here tho
  • Julian G.
    Julian GrantOctober 23, 2011
    Best fine art and indy cinema showcase in town
  • Paul H.
    Now open on Fridays for matinees at 2:00 pm.
  • THE PEOPLE'S F.
    Regular submissions to The People's Film Festival ends Saturday March 31, 2012, late submissions April 10, 2012 www.thepeoplesfilmfestival.com
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIJuly 3, 2012
    Priscilla Orr is always selling StreetWise nearby!
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Smaller theater for independent releases
  • Nick N.
    Nick NummerdorOctober 10, 2011
    I think they serve Hamms now? Awesome!
  • Thatdamkidd
    ThatdamkiddOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Dude in the office is HOT!!
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