Facility Rentals

A CONTEMPORARY SETTING IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO

Located in the heart of Chicago's bustling theatre district, the Gene Siskel Film Center is the Loop's contemporary alternative for business meetings and special events. With two state-of-the-art movie theaters with capacities of 196 and 63 people and a sunlight-filled Gallery/Café overlooking State Street, the Gene Siskel Film Center provides a sophisticated yet comfortable setting for corporate events, luncheons, presentations, screenings, and private receptions.

To book your event, please fill out our rental inquiry form.

INQUIRY FORM
Questions? Contact us at (312) 846-2600 or filmcenter@saic.edu

Download our rental information sheet (PDF) or browse the sections below.

Availability & Rates

Because we are a movie theater open to the public seven days a week, our theaters are only available for rental during non-programming hours: Monday - Thursday before 5 PM, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before 2 PM. No rentals on Friday or Saturday evenings. For Sunday and weekday evening rentals, special permission must be granted.

All basic rental fees include technical support and equipment.

Download our Rental Rates (PDF)

For not-for-profit rental rates for organizations with 501(c)3 status or organizations with other questions, please contact us at (312) 846-2600 or filmcenter@saic.edu

With paid rental to show your film selection at the Gene Siskel Film Center, a separate licensing fee must be paid to the film distribution company, which can range from $150 to $500. This non-negotiable fee is set by, and paid directly to, the distribution company that licenses the film, and is in addition to the theatre rental fee. All licensing arrangements must be confirmed no less than 21 days prior to your event. The process of ordering, receiving and payment for films does not permit exceptions to this time frame.

Facilities
  • Floor Plan of our facility - Donwload (PDF)
  • Theater 1 seating capacity: 196 - Donwload (PDF)
  • Theater 2 seating capacity: 63 - Donwload (PDF)
  • Gallery/Café reception capacity: 200 | Café table seating capacity: 100 - Donwload (PDF)
Concessions and Catering

The Gene Siskel Film Center can provide wine, beer, water, soda, and other basic movie theater concessions. Clients may also use any licensed caterer for their food and beverage needs.

Download a list of recommended caterers (PDF)

Technical Capabilities
  THEATER 1 THEATER 2
CAPACITY 196 63
VIDEO
  • 4K Projection
  • DCP
  • Apple Pro-Res Email us for specs if needed
  • HDCAM Prologic, Stereo, or Dolby-E
  • Digibeta / Betacam NTSC or PAL
  • HDV / MiniDV / DVCAM
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • 4K Projection
  • DCP
  • Apple Pro-Res Email us for specs if needed
  • HDCAM Prologic, Stereo, or Dolby-E
  • Digibeta / Betacam NTSC or PAL
  • HDV / MiniDV / DVCAM
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
FILM
  • 35mm reel-to-reel system
  • 16mm
  • 35mm reel-to-reel system
  • 16mm

 

What our clients have to say...

The Gene Siskel Film Center is Chicago’s best resource for screening a feature film! Staff were quite competent and supportive. Our 25 guests were very impressed and enjoyed the experience! Also, several excellent hotels and restaurants within walking distance !

Leonard Brink | executive producer of PRECIOUS METTLE

I can't wait to do more events there. Seriously, one of my favorite venues in the country. And your staff — amazing, friendly, professional.

Wendy Levy | executive director, The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture

The Gene Siskel Film Center theater in which we screened CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN is excellent in every way. The digital projection is razor sharp and the surround sound system has great clarity and presence. The seats are comfortable and angled so that everyone has an unobstructed view of the screen. It is a tastefully decorated, welcoming theater space. The area outside the theaters was perfect for our 120-person reception. It has space for tables, a buffet, and a wet bar. The whole complex has a great vibe. It’s a new space, but you can feel a classic love of cinema in the atmosphere. I can’t wait to come back!

Jim Pasternak | producer of CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN