TICKETS ON SALE JULY 16 FOR MEMBERS, JULY 19 FOR GENERAL AUDIENCE

It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

A carnival of the soul." - Ian Mantgani, Little White Lies

"In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film." - Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for 8½ was THE BEAUTIFUL CONFUSION and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. (Janus Films)


Festivals, Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
Winner - Best Best Costume Design, Academy Awards
Winner - Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle Awards


For the safety and comfort of our audience members and employees, we will have the following safety protocols in place for at least the first two weeks after we reopen:

  • Masks required by all staff and patrons at all times

  • Staggered showtimes and ample time between shows to mitigate crowds

  • Ticket pre-orders for films encouraged to reduce lines 

  • Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks available for patrons

  • Only 80% of our tickets will be available for sale so that we can leave an empty seat between parties

  • In light of the latest health updates from the city of Chicago, and in accordance with the School of the Art Institute, we will not be selling concessions nor allowing outside food or drink for at least the first two weeks of business. 

  • We will, however, hand out a FREE small popcorn to those who show proof of COVID vaccination, as a “parting gift” when you exit the theater. 

  • If you are feeling unwell or have a fever, please stay home and stream films until you feel better

Note: protocols are subject to change, per new or evolving information.