UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Screens 'Inception,' AMC ReOpens, Plus Gene Siskel At-Home Series

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CHICAGO – An exciting opening on Friday, August 14th, 2020, for the historic Music Box Theatre (which was the first movie house to open with safety precautions last month). They will be the ONLY movie theater in America to screen the 70mm print of director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” AMC Theaters in Chicago and surrounding suburbs are re-opening on August 20th. The Gene Siskel Film Center continues its “Film Center From Your Sofa.”

StarMusic Box Theatre Screens INCEPTION (10th Anniversary), PLUS Virtual Films for At Home Continue.

Inception (10th Anniversary, 70mm Exclusive)
Photo credit: MusicBoxTheatre.com

Music Box Theatre became on of the first movie houses in Chicago to re-open in compliance with Illinois State guideline PHASE 4 protocol. The complete rules for coming to the theater can be accessed by clicking here.

For virtual cinema, Music Box Theatre will continue get a percentage of the proceeds from any screening. Click site link below for details.

HollywoodChicago.com was able to preview INCEPTION, mini-review below …

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

INCEPTION The 10th Anniversary of this incredible and influential film is shown for the first time in 70mm, exclusively in the whole country at the Music Box Theatre.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Cobb, a “thief” who enters people’s dreams in order to find their secrets. His colleagues are Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Eames (Tom Hardy), and when a final case offer comes about from Saito (Ken Watanabe) for Cobb to finally end his larceny, the team recruits a student (Ellen Page) whose maze theories can get them into the deepest subconsciousness.

The actualities of this process is much more complex, but that is the true joy of the film, a combination of action movie, ultimate romance, desperation and sci-fi redemption. Director Christopher Nolan is a masterful artist, using the modern palette of filmmaking to create a one-of-a-kind work of humanity. This is a must see, especially in anticipation of Nolan’s upcoming film TENET.

For more details on ticketing, other films playing at the Music Box location and their “Virtual Theater” selections, Click on MusicBoxTheatre.com.

StarGene Siskel Film Center Presents FILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA

Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm
Photo credit: SiskelFilmCenter.org

The Gene Siskel Film Center remains closed, but the FILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA is a partnership between the Center and their regular distributors to provide screenings of the films that were scheduled before the closings. Prices vary, but “none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single movie ticket.”

Recent openings include A THOUSAND CUTS (USA/Philippines), SONG WITHOUT A NAME (Peru/Spain/USA) and SEASONS OF CHANGE ON HENRY’S FARM (Documentary, USA).

For full descriptions and ongoing screenings, click on SiskelFilmCenter.org/FilmCenterFromYourSofa. There is also an ongoing series of filmmaker Q&As, click SiskelFilmCenter.org/ScreenToScreen for more information.

StarAMC THEATERS in Chicago Re-Opening Next Thursday … August 20th, 2020.

Click here for info on AMC River East 21 Chicago and use the site to navigate to other theaters reopening in the Chicago area.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago Click here for more information. The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 North State Street, Chicago. Click here for more information. AMC River East 21 is located at 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago, click here for general information for AMC.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2020 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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