Siskel Film Center Goes On Location

Siskel Film Center Goes On Location

Taking the feedback of its loyal patron base to heart, the Gene Siskel Film Center is investing in the comfort of moviegoers to make upgrades, the first time since the facility opened at 164 N. State St. in 2001. It will shutter its doors for approximately one month from Friday, December 1, 2017, through Thursday, January 4, 2018.

The Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed for renovations as the 17-year-old seats and carpeting in both Theater 1 and Theater 2 will be replaced and wiring will be installed to improve hearing for patrons with cochlear implants. To maintain a presence with its world-class programming, movies and Film Center staff will travel off-site to various cultural centers around Chicago to present four films as Gene Siskel Film Center On Location from December 3 through 10.

“The Gene Siskel Film Center is known and celebrated for serving various communities in Chicago through film so it’s only fitting that we give back by bringing highlights from the past year to select venues around the city. While our theaters will be closed during our December programming cycle, continuing to present movies elsewhere is essential to maintaining our presence and brand while on hiatus, and to remind film lovers that we aren’t going away,” said Jean de St. Aubin, Executive Director.

The architecture firm responsible for managing the renovation project is Gensler, the same company that designed the Film Center’s original buildout when it relocated in June 2001 to its current State St. location. Pepper Construction is the general contractor that will install the seats, carpeting, and enhanced assisted listening technology.

Here's the Schedule for Gene Siskel Film Center On Location

I KNOW A MAN... ASHLEY BRYAN Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60 St., Chicago

I KNOW A MAN... ASHLEY BRYAN is a portrait of the beloved author and illustrator of over 50 children’s books, including such classics as Beautiful Blackbird and Dancing Granny, and has also created collages, puppets, and stained-glass windows, all deeply rooted in spirituality and the Black experience.

TIME TO DIE (TIEMPO DE MORIR) Monday, December 4, 6:00 pm Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago

The first film by the Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, revisionist western Time to Die's original screenplay was written by Gabriel García Marquez while the dialogue was adapted by celebrated Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes.

SWIM TEAM Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL

A multicultural group of boys on the autism spectrum were recruited and a decade later the now co-ed team thrives as a unique confidence-building program that produces a remarkable range of social and therapeutic benefits to the swimmers, including some who have become champions in the Special Olympics.

KEDI Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

KEDI is a loving portrait of the cherished street cats in the atmospheric city of Istanbul—purring mascots that have roamed the ancient capital for millennia, protected, admired, and honored for their beauty and their skills as mousers.

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