Last updated: August 24, 2022
*Starting August 24, 2022 face masks are no longer required at the Gene Siskel Film Center
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. The COVID-19 primary vaccination series is required for all Film Center staff members, and staff members are required to have masks available at all times.
At this time, masks are encouraged but optional for patrons while in our theater space. As always, if you are feeling unwell for any reason, please stay home instead of joining us at the theater.
Measures the Film Center is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
- Encouraging ticket pre-orders for films to reduce lines and guarantee seats
- Providing hand sanitizer for patrons
We will return to selling concessions in the Fall of 2022, once our new POS system is in place.
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
- General Admission: $12
- Students: $7
- Valid student ID required. Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
- Youth (under 17): $7
- Please note our policy on children & film ratings.
- Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
- Film Center Members: $6
- Current students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and staff of the Art Institute: $5
- Valid ARTICard required. Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
- Executive Producer level supporters: $0
- For those who make gifts of $1500+ to the Film Center. Learn more here!
There is no senior admission price for individual tickets. However, seniors receive a $5 discount on Film Center membership.
There is no late seating 20 minutes after the film's listed start time.
Online Ticket Sales
To purchase tickets online please visit our now playing section and select the film you want to see and hit the order tickets button.
Purchasing Member Tickets Online:
To purchase member tickets online, follow the procedure above, but select the number of member tickets you'd like to purchase (1 for individual, 2 for dual) for each film. No special code is required, however, you must present a valid membership card at the box office when claiming your tickets for each member ticket purchased. If you purchase a membership level ticket but are not currently a Film Center member, you will be charged the difference in price.
There is a $1.50 service charge for each ticket purchased online.
Please note that the tickets cannot be purchased over the phone.
Groups of 20 or more are eligible for the group rate of $8 per ticket. Please call (312) 846-2600 or visit the box office at least five days in advance to make arrangements for your group.
Our $7 student rate is available to groups of 20 or more students (including accompanying instructors or chaperones) who purchase in advance. We also offer private screenings for schools — click here for details.
If you are bringing a larger group (over 40 people), are interested in buying out the theater for a particular show, or are interested in bringing a school group, please contact Pamela Smith at (312) 846-2073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission and Member tickets are available 24 hours a day on our website.
All ticket levels are available at our box office, which opens one hour before the first show of the day and closes after the last show of the day begins. Generally, this means 5 PM - 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday, 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM Friday; 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM on Saturday; and 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Sunday.
The box office number is 312-846-2085 and is answered during its hours of operation for questions regarding accessibility for patrons with disabilities, lost and found, and other general facility questions.
Note that the box office CANNOT accept ticket orders over the phone, place tickets on hold, or predict ticket availability. During periods of heavy customer traffic, the box office may not be able to answer the phone; please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Refund & Exchanges
The Film Center does not offer refunds for tickets. All sales are final.
Tickets may be exchanged at the box office for a $2.00 fee per ticket. The exchange period ends one hour before the showtime - we do not process exchanges after that time.
If the tickets you wish to exchange were purchased in person, you must bring your printed tickets to the box office for the exchange to be possible.
If the tickets you wish to exchange were purchased online, we can look up your order at the box office.
We cannot process ticket exchanges over the phone or email. All exchanges are subject to availability.
Sold Out Shows
If a show sells out in advance, we will make every effort to notify our patrons via our website, Facebook page, Twitter, email alerts, movie hotline, and with signage on our doors and at our box office.
However, sellouts generally occur within 5 to 10 minutes of showtime, making advance notice difficult. The best way to avoid last-minute sellouts is to arrive at the Film Center 15-25 minutes before your movie begins so you have time to purchase your tickets and concessions and find your seat.
Please note that Film Center membership does not guarantee a ticket in the event of a sold out show.
Code of Conduct
Gene Siskel Film Center is dedicated to creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for all guests. Everyone has the right to enjoy our programs and activities free of harassment, threats, mistreatment, or discrimination. We reserve the right to revoke access to any of our activities for anyone who does not adhere to the organization’s code of conduct.
These policies apply to all guests of Gene Siskel Film Center’s organized events or forums including delegates, guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors. Press and other functionaries are held to the same standards. We are committed to creating conditions for equity.
Guests must arrive no later than 20 minutes to ensure entry into a screening.
Photo capture must be approved by GSFC staff.
GSFC is not responsible for any unattended property, including bags, purses, phones, etc. Suspicious items will be reported to SAIC Security.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Bullying, intimidation, stalking, or threats in person or online.
- The use of epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping.
- Sustained disruption of events.
- Violence or assault of any kind.
- Inappropriate or unwanted physical contact.
- Physical intimidation or blocking.
- Unwelcome sexual attention, innuendo, or joking.
- Non-consensual production or distribution of harassing recordings.
- Comments or actions that minimize a person’s lived experience, identity, or safety.
- Deliberate outing, misgendering, refusal to respect someone’s gender identity or use of pre-transition names.
If a patron fails to follow these rules of civility, they will be escorted from the premises by a security officer. Depending on the severity of the offense, they may be banned indefinitely.