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Thanks to everyone who made it out for the 20th Anniversary of The Black Harvest Film Festival!  We have some amazing programming coming up in September including Steve James' documentary about the incredible life of Chicago's own Roger Ebert, LIFE ITSELF, the hybrid animated/live action film THE CONGRESS and our fall lecture series begins with the rarely seen LAUGHTER, just to name a few!  Check out the full schedule here!
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"A brutally eloquent panorama of modern China... A TOUCH OF SIN exists across the border of tolerance."

Michael Phillips of the +Chicago Tribune on Jia Zhangke's A TOUCH OF SIN, playing through Thursday at the Film Center.

See it tonight at 7:45!

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-21/entertainment/chi-touch-of-sin-1122-20131121_1_sauna-receptionist-jia-zhangke-sin
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"I can hear you whisperin' children, so I know you're down there. I can feel myself gettin' awful mad. I'm out of patience children. I'm coming to find you now."

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER—final show tonight at 6:15 in 35mm!

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/night-hunter
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Congratulations to all of this morning's Oscar nominees! We're proud to have shown these nominees in 2013:

Wong Kar-wai's THE GRANDMASTER (Cinematography, Costume Design)

Richard Linklater's BEFROE MIDNIGHT (Adapted Screenplay)

Joshua Oppenheimer's THE ACT OF KILLING (Documentary Feature)

Morgan Neville's TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (Documentary Feature)

and Thomas Vinterberg's THE HUNT (Foreign Language)

We're also very excited to be premiering Jehane Noujaim's THE SQUARE (nominated for Documentary Feature) beginning tomorrow night. Friday's 8:15 show is already SOLD OUT! Don't miss this must see film!

Finally, we hope that you'll join us this afternoon at 4:30 for our fantastic Oscar Panel. Listen to Chicago's top critics discuss the nominees and stick around from some win and small bites courtesy of the Chicago Reader and Lavazza Espression.

Get your questions ready! Need to brush up on the nominees? Visit The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/ The Oscars below for the full list!
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In a little more than a week, we'll be presenting our annual Oscar® Nominations Panel!

Join us for a cocktail hour discussion on Thursday, January 16 at 4:30 and hear Chicago's top critics dish about this year's nominees! A wine reception, sponsored by the +Chicago Reader, follows in our Gallery/Café!

Did we mention this event is FREE? Check out the event page here for more details:
 
Free Admission!

Join us for a lively discussion about this year's nominees with our distinguished panel: Alison Cuddy (+WBEZ) , J.R. Jones (+Chicago Reader), Michael Phillips (+Chicago Tribune), Steve Prokopy (Ain’t It Cool News), and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (MUBI, +The A.V. Club and Rogerebert.com), led by moderator Betsy Steinberg of the Illinois Film Office!
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Hello, again, friends. We hope you are staying warm.

Due to the inclement weather we are expected to have—where temperatures may reach -50º—the Gene Siskel Film Center's offices and theaters will be closed tomorrow, January 6, for the safety of our patrons and our staff.

We will be open this evening as scheduled and we are planning on returning on Tuesday, January 7 as usual. If there are any updates, we'll keep you posted right here.

Until then, please stay safe and warm. We'll see you at the movies!
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Don't miss Kristen Wiig in a rare dramatic role!  Based on the short story by Alice Munro, HATESHIP LOVESHIP is playing through May 1!
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We only have 5 tickets left for tonight's 8:00 show of BE KNOWN featuring jazz artist Kahil El'Zabar and director Dwayne Johnson-Cochran in person for Q&A, followed by a reception and  a performance by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble!

Get 'em quick. You can also see BE KNOWN, Kahil, Dwayne, along with special guests and events tomorrow at 5:15 and Monday at 7:45.

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/be-known
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Our weeklong run of Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary, Jehane Noujaim's THE SQUARE, continues tonight at 5:30!

Don't miss this thrilling, chaotic chronicle of Egypt's revolution, filmed at street level in Tahir Square–our run must end Thursday!
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Have you seen Abdellatif Kechiche's controversial Cannes Palme d'Or winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos? You have another chance this week....

The Film Center is proud to present a weeklong run of one of 2013's most daring and talked about films! Our first show starts tonight @ 6:30!

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blue-is-the-warmest-color
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Good afternoon, friends. Our theaters are nice and warm and we have a slate of great movies today, so if you're joining us this afternoon for AT BERKELEY, LIV & INGMAR, or SPINNING PLATES, PLEASE be safe. 

The weather is fierce and temperatures will be dropping quickly this evening. We want you to arrive and get home safely.
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164 N State St Chicago, IL 60601
164 North State StreetUSIllinoisChicago60601
(312) 846-2600siskelfilmcenter.org
Movie Theater, Auditorium
Movie Theater
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Today 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed
For 40 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of Art Institute Chicago has presented world-class independent, international, & classic cinema.
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Modern space at the Art Institute hosting indie, foreign & classic films & artist appearances.- Google
"A cozy little theater for mostly independent films and events."
"Hands down, the best art house in Chicago."
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Andre Walker
8 months ago
Maybe I'm crazy, but when I am paying for a service, I expect people to be a lot friendlier to me. The staff here are not that wonderful. I only recommend going to this theater if you can't find another one in the city playing your movie. On the upside, at least they serve wine and beer to help you forget about the awful service you receive.
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Cedric McCay
a year ago
A great place in the middle of the Loop to catch interesting and unique films. Clean and spacious theaters with excellent projection and color; sound quality is not a problem at all. Lots of areas for post-viewing receptions or just waiting. The restrooms are quite tidy. I come annually for the Black Harvest Film Festival. Customer service with the ticket counter staff could improve quite a bit, though.
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Jay Hawkinson
a year ago
The Film Center is one of the few cinemas that I can give a 5-star rating. The only negative thing is its location which is only convenient for those immediately downtown or can easily hop on the Red Line. I don't hold this against the theater because as a first run independent cinema and repertory theater, this is one of the best out there. Besides the excellent weekly programming, they also curate some amazing film series as well as host touring series like the Miyazaki films. Prices are reasonable and the double feature deal is the way to go when offered. Also due to the types of films screened the Film Center attracts a crowd that respects film, i.e. you don't have lots of talkers or texters during a viewing. That's huge in my book.
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Betsy Thompson
a year ago
A cozy little theater for mostly independent films and events. A wonderful space and tribute to Gene Siskel. The variety of movies is great, since they show a lot of indie films, documentaries, and films that aren't typically shown along with blockbuster hits. The location is great as well. Transportation, shopping, and restaurants are nearby so you can make a day (or night) of visiting the film center.
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Buck Wild
3 months ago
Fantastic venue for movie nerds in the heart of town. The quality of the experience lives up to its namesake.
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Manuel Colón
a year ago
This must be a new arm of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and I like it! Right in the heart of Chicago's theater district, the location is on point. They offer a great diversity of commercial and indie films and the theaters are smaller and more cozy. I went here to see the Paraguayan film "7 Boxes" and would consider coming back, for sure!
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Harvey Morris
a year ago
Hands down one of the best special event spaces in Chicago. I hosted two events there for Social Media Week Chicago and the staff was great. The attendees were in love with the comfy seats, the great acoustics in the theater and overall vibe of the space.
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Anthony Ramirez
3 years ago
theater's are small, but the seating is close. Comfy seats but not stadium seating. But you can still see the screen irregardless. Great off-the-map movies, documentaries, foreign films, and experimental films no one else would have except the Siskel. Not even Music box or Landmark. Upscale with reasonable prices, discounts if your a student.