COVID-19 Protocols

Last updated: August 1, 2022


*Starting August 1, 2022 we no longer require proof of vaccination. Masking is still required while in the building.


Dear Friends, 

We care deeply about the well-being and safety of our audiences and staff. As a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center continues to follow SAIC’s COVID-19 protocols, which includes wearing a mask while in the building for all screenings and events at the Film Center for all guests five years of age and up.  We know it can be hard to enjoy a movie without knowing the status of the folks sitting close to you.  Our hope is that these procedures allow you to relax and view our films in the way they’re meant to be seen--with your undivided attention to the screen.  

All patrons and staff will continue to be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in the theater.

We are also:

  • Encouraging ticket pre-orders for films to reduce lines and guarantee seats 
  • Providing hand sanitizer and disposable face masks for patrons 
  • Not selling any concessions nor permitting any eating or drinking in our theaters or lobby to help ensure patrons stay masked

The Film Center reserves the right to require patrons who do not follow these procedures to leave the theater immediately.  As always, if you are feeling unwell for any reason, please stay home instead of joining us at the theater. 

In addition, please understand that while these procedures are intended to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, there is nonetheless inherent risk to exposure in any indoor space where others are present.  Those entering the theater do so at their own risk to such exposure.   We appreciate your cooperation and support as we continue to navigate the ever-changing COVID landscape.  See you at the movies! 

--Your Friends at the Film Center