A SPECIAL EVENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHICAGO FILM ARCHIVES
The Gene Siskel Film Center, in partnership with the Chicago Film Archives is delighted to announce the world premiere of the CFA's new scan of the recently rediscovered 1923 silent film THE FIRST DEGREE! In celebration of National Silent Movie Day, the screening will feature live musical accompaniment from Chicago’s own Quasar Wut-Wut, who will perform an original score.
IN THE FIRST DEGREE, Frank Mayo stars as Sam Purdy, a banker-turned-politician-turned-sheep farmer who is repeatedly blackmailed by his jealous half-brother Will (Philo McCullough) due to their mutual affection for Mary (Australian actress Sylvia Breamer). The film was directed by Edward Sedgwick, who primarily directed westerns and comedies including Buster Keaton’s THE CAMERAMAN (1928). THE FIRST DEGREE was originally released on February 5, 1923 to strong reviews; Exhibitor’s Trade Review declared “There are five reels of bully entertainment in this picture, with no waste material clogging up the action, and a surprise finish that gets across with tremendous effect.”
With only 25% of American silent feature films surviving, CFA is thrilled to have uncovered this little-known feature in their own Charles Krosse collection while weathering the long pandemic summer of 2020. The Film Center and CFA is excited to reintroduce the film to today’s audiences 98 years after its original theatrical run. To learn more about CFA’s rediscovery of THE FIRST DEGREE, please visit their blog.
General admission: $20
Gene Siskel Film Center Members and CFA members/donors: $10
SAIC students: $8
Updated COVID-19 Protocols
We care deeply about the well-being and safety of our audiences and staff. With the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, we are updating our health and safety procedures to require proof of full vaccination* or a negative result on a COVID PCR test for all screenings and events at the Film Center.
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 new procedures will allow you to relax and view our films in the way they’re meant to be seen--with your undivided attention to the screen.
Beginning on Friday, September 10, you will need a valid photo ID and one of the following items to gain entry to the Film Center:
- Physical vaccination card
- A legible photo, copy, or scan of your card; an image on your phone will be acceptable provided that it is legible
- Proof of a negative result on a COVID PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the film or event start time
*Full vaccination means any vaccine for COVID-19 which has received full or emergency use approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series or a single dose from a one-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the FDA or WHO.
You will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative PCR test result as you enter the theater.
Children under 12 will not be permitted in the theater, since they are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine.
In addition, the Film Center will continue to implement the following safety protocols:
- In accordance with the Governor's recent Executive Order, all patrons and staff will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in the theater
- Staggered showtimes and ample time between shows to mitigate crowds
- Ticket pre-orders for films encouraged to reduce lines and guarantee seats
- Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks available for patrons
- Only 80% of our tickets will be available for sale
- No eating or drinking will be permitted in the theater; no concessions will be sold
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 and stream films instead of joining us at the theater. We are happy to refund or exchange your ticket for another time. In addition, please understand that while these updated 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.
If you have already purchased a ticket for a screening on Friday, September 10 (or beyond) but are unable to comply with these new procedures, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a refund.
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