FREE SCREENING of FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD! Hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society and Fangoria.


The Chicago Cinema Society is excited to be partnering up with our good friends over at Fangoria to present a FREE SCREENING of the Chicago premiere of FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD which is directed by Eduardo Rodriguez (CURANDERO, FEAR ITSELF) and written by Matt Venne (BAG OF BONES, MASTERS OF HORROR, WHITE NOISE 2). FRIGHT NIGHT 2 stars Will Payner (ELFIE HOPKINS), Jaime Murray (DEATHS OF IAN STONE, Lila from season two of DEXTER), Chris Waller (INBRED) and Sean Power (BAD KARMA). This screening will be at The Patio Theater. You will not need to RSVP tickets for this free screening. Seating will be first come, first served so make sure to get to the Patio Theater rather early. Here are the specifics:

FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD (Chicago Premiere)
Where: The Patio Theater (click onto this sentence for specific directions)
When: Tuesday, September 24th
Time: 8:00pm
Price: $0.00 (aka: FREE)
Synopsis: By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania, they find themselves ensnared in Gerri’s chilling web of lust and terror. Charley and “Evil” Ed must stop Gerri from drinking and bathing in the blood of a “new moon virgin,” which just so happens to be Charley’s ex-girlfriend, Amy. They enlist help from Peter Vincent, the vampire hunting host of a reality show called “Fright Night,” to drive a stake through Gerri’s plan and save Amy from a fate far worse than death.


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Andy Milligan’s GURU, THE MAD MONK (35mm print) presented by Chicago Cinema Society @ Facets Fright School!

Guru poster


The Chicago Cinema Society and Facets Night School present a rare 35mm screening of Andy Milligan’s “Guru, The Mad Monk” as part of this year’s Fright School! The 35mm print is from The Chicago Cinema Society Film Archive.

This screening takes place Friday night, October 11th at Midnight at Facets Multi-Media! Presented by CCS programmer Jason Coffman, with a brief talk about Andy Milligan before the show and Q&A after.

Guru, The Mad Monk
1970, 62 minutes, dir. Andy Milligan
Andy Milligan was the quintessential grindhouse filmmaker, shooting movies for next to nothing and, legend has it, occasionally editing with his teeth and some scotch tape! Milligan was a control freak on a level that made Stanley Kubrick look positively relaxed: he built sets, sewed costumes, wrote, directed, edited, and basically did everything a person can do on a film set. There’s no mistaking an Andy Milligan film for the work of any other director. His period pieces are particularly interesting, one of the best being “Guru, the Mad Monk,” in which Milligan regular Neil Flanagan plays the titular insane “holy man” who uses his position to cover up his evil deeds.

$5 or FREE for Facets members! Check out the Facebook event page here, and keep an eye out for the full Fright School schedule coming soon from Facets!

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Jim Kelly Martial Arts Extravaganza & 40th Anniversary “Enter the Dragon” screening!


Chatham 14 Theaters in association with Black World Cinema, South Side Projections & the Chicago Cinema Society present a very special screening in memory of Jim Kelly, and a 40th anniversary screening of “Enter the Dragon” along with martial arts demonstrations and a screening of the documentary “South Side Warriors!”

For more information, stay tuned to the Facebook page for the event created by South Side Projections!

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CCS summer updates!

Hello Everyone!

Hope that you all are having a great summer thus far. We just wanted to provide some brief updates as to what the Chicago Cinema Society has been up to as of late.

As you may know, the Patio Theater is semi-closed over the summer due to inability to fund repairs to their air conditioning unit. Repairs for such an AC unit housed in a theater built in the mid 1920s are rather expensive. As a result, we cancelled a few Chicago premieres that we had lined up (which were subsequently picked up by other local theaters) and have pushed back a few retrospective 35mm screenings to the fall. The weather has been rather erratic this summer where many days have been unseasonably cool but then days reaching the upper 90s. When we learned of the AC situation back in early May, we felt it would be best to not screen films in what could potentially be “oven-like” conditions. We love presenting films at the ever beautiful the Patio Theater and will continue our screenings this fall.

In the meantime, we will be making an announcement very soon for a screening that we have going on in mid-August. It will be a multi-film event and we are just finalizing all the details for our upcoming press release. We are really excited about it as the event is at a venue that we have not had a chance to host screenings at as of yet. We are also collaborating with some other wonderful Chicago film groups on this event. More details on this event coming very soon.

That is all for now. We look forward to sharing more films with you! Stay tuned for updates.


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The Chicago Cinema Society presents Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature ANTIVIRAL!

Antiviral Poster

The Chicago Cinema Society is bringing Brandon Cronenberg’s brilliant debut feature Antiviral to The Patio Theater for an exclusive theatrical run on:

April 19th thru April 24th
9:00 pm daily
Tickets: $7.00

This is one of the very best horror/sci-fi films of the year, and is not to be missed on the big screen!

Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body.

When he becomes infected with a mysterious disease afflicting super sensation Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding the disease before it’s too late.

Antiviral has been gathering raves during its run on the film festival circuit, and has won a number of awards including: the Gold Hugo at the 2012 Chicago International Film Festival (“After Dark” Competition), the Carnet Jove Jury Award and Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation at the 2012 Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival, and Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, in addition to being nominated for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s “Un Certain Regard” award.

Check out the trailer below:

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RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY (35mm print) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society


The Chicago Cinema Society was formed out of our immense love for cinema. We have been very fortunate to have been able to track down and screen 35mm prints for films that we love that have been thought to be lost and/or no longer exist. On April 13th, we will be sharing with you one such 35mm print:



We have so much love for this film and cannot be happier than to be able to share this print with you. Come out to the Patio Theater to see one of the best live action manga translations ever committed to celluoid! One of the most charmingly gory films of all time! There is one night only to be able to see RIKI-OH and that is April 13th! This might be the only chance in your lifetime to be able to see this 35mm print, DO NOT MISS IT!!!


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BIRDEMIC 2: THE RESURRECTION (Chicago Premiere!) with Director James Nguyen in attendance!

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The late night cult sensation is back! The Chicago Cinema Society at The Patio Theater is excited to present the Chicago premiere of BIRDEMIC 2: THE RESURRECTION!!! Also, director James Nguyen and producer Jeff Gross will be in attendance for Q&A. Come on out and meet the creators of Birdemic, you know you have questions for these guys! They will be bringing some exclusive Birdemic merchandise and giveaways. This is one night only on April 25th at 9:00pm! Tickets are $9.00 and can be purchased in advance by clicking onto this sentence. More on Birdemic 2 below:

In response to an unexpectedly large number of fans being cuckoo for these killer birds, the film’s production company I Got a Fish Productions turned down standard distribution deals at the last minute to remain independent and push the self-theatrical distribution of ‘Birdemic 2: The Resurrection’ ahead of its previously anticipated June 2013 release date.

“The main reason behind our decision to bypass traditional distribution was simply to get this film into the fans’ hands quicker,” producer Jeff Gross said. “We had a private screening for a few media outlets last week, and the feedback was fantastic.” He adds, “James is a true Hollywood outsider and his unique vision of Hollywood under ecological and avian distress is on full display in this film. We can’t wait for fans to take it all in.”

In this sequel to cult favorite ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror,’ a flock of giant, prehistoric eagles and vultures wreak havoc amidst blossoming love in Hollywood, California, leaving bloodshed and destruction wherever they hover. The story features original ‘Birdemic’ survivors Rod and Nathalie, who are joined by new friends, as well as other Angelenos in their battle with these deranged birds. Fans can expect the same quality they’ve come to know from a James Nguyen film, only a whole lot more of it.

“My goal was to ensure that James had complete creative control over his sequel. He sees himself as a true auteur, and he’s dead serious about his craft,” Gross said. “I honestly had no idea how a ‘Birdemic’ sequel would turn out. But once I saw the script, I knew it had to be made. Creatively, I’m thrilled with the final product, and I’m happy to call this ‘an experiment that worked.’”

Check out the official trailer:

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IF YOU MEET SARTANA, PRAY FOR YOUR DEATH (35mm print) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society.

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The Chicago Cinema Society at the Patio Theater is proud to present a special screening of the Spaghetti Western classic “If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death” on Friday, April 5th at 10 p.m.! This 1968 film will be shown from the best color and condition 35mm print on the planet earth which was used for the Blu-Ray transfer! Do not miss your once in a lifetime chance to see this remarkable film in 35mm! Be there! More info below:

“If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death” (1968, dir. Gianfranco Parolini)
After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks a murderous double-crosses leaves the coach’s strongbox in the hands of the killer Lasky. It is up to the legendary hero Sartana to track down the missing money and determine just who is ultimately behind the grisly robberies and killings. Like “Django,” this film kicked off a long line of official and unofficial “Sartana” sequels, cash-ins and knock-offs, but this is the original starring the great Gianni Garko (“Il Boss,” “Night of the Devils,” “Cold Eyes of Fear”) and Klaus Kinski!

Sartana poster

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THE WARRIORS (35mm print) Hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at The Patio Theater.

Event Poster by Jim Terry

Event Poster by Jim Terry

The Chicago Cinema Society at The Patio Theater presents two special screenings of Walter Hill’s classic <i>The Warriors</i> in 35mm on Friday, March 22nd and Monday, March 25th!

Come out to see <i>The Warriors</i> as it was meant to be seen, at the most beautiful theater in Chicago!

This will be the first Chicago Cinema Society at the Patio show screening from 35mm, and the first film to hit the screen at the Patio from a film print since the new digital projection system was installed! Come help us celebrate the return of glorious 35mm film projection to the Patio Theater!

Friday, March 22nd at 10 p.m.
Monday, March 25th at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale now:

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WILLOW (25th anniversary remastered DCP!) hosted by Chicago Cinema Society at The Patio Theater.


The Chicago Cinema Society is proud to present an exclusive weekend of screenings of the newly-remastered DCP of Ron Howard’s 1980s Fantasy classic Willow March 2nd, 3rd and 4th! 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of this family favorite, and Lucasfilm is celebrating with a new Blu-ray release and limited engagement screenings of this newly remastered version of the film.

Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) is a simple Nelwyn farmer who finds himself in the middle of a struggle for the future of his world when he is chosen to protect the infant Elora Danan. Elora has a peculiar birthmark that, according to legend, is the mark of the one who will bring an end to the reign of the evil witch-queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). Willow joins forces with wandering rogue Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) and the two head for Bavmorda’s castle, encountering magic, monsters, and Bavmorda’s beautiful but dangerous daughter Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) along the way. Packed with action and groundbreaking special effects, Willow is presented in a new digital restoration from Lucasfilm created for the film’s 25th anniversary!

Tickets are $7. Show times are:

March 2nd: 10 pm

March 3rd: 3:00 pm

March 4th: 7:30 pm


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