3 Best Movie Theaters in Chicago

3. Showplace Icon at Roosevelt

The Icon is a relatively recent theater. It was built around 2010, and is located in the South Loop at 1011 S Delano Ct. I’m a personal fan of it because it features a fully stocked and separate bar, along with recline seats. However, it also features Dolby Atmos sound, which sets it apart from a lot of other theaters in city, and a balcony seating area. A couple years ago, I watched Star Wars Episode VII in the balcony area, and I was able to transition from the bar and back, recline my seat, and enjoy the movie. Lastly, standard ticket price for a movie there is $13. That’s not too bad!

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2. Landmark Century Centre Cinema

Landmark is probably the theater I visit the most. Nestled at the top of shopping center at 2828 N Clark St, tickets typically run for $12.50. Landmark recently refurbished their seating to feature recline seats. The theater also added a brand new bar area, which actually is a great spot in its own right. However, the real draw of Landmark is its movie selections. If you’re looking for indie films, documentary or otherwise, that will be nominated for an Oscar, then Landmark Century is the movie theater for you. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the last 7/8 Best Pictures at Landmark. If that’s not a vote of confidence, then I don’t know what is.

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1. The Music Box

The Music Box is probably the most historic theater in Chicago. Located at 3733 N. Southport Ave, it was originally built in 1929 as a smaller-scaled movie palace. Admittedly, the seats aren’t very comfortable and the screen is small compared to current theaters. On the other hand, the ambiance is fantastic. The lobby has floors decorated with speckled-mosaic tiles, adorning the theater walls are decades old lighting fixtures, and the seating area itself is lined with pho-marbled columns and hanging “plant fixtures.” The theaters hosts cult films, indie pictures, and big budget movies. It’s one of the few theaters in Chicago equipped to handle 35mm film, and still features an organ that’s played during silent movies. The theater has undergone several renovations over the past 7 years to its concession stands, and features a new lounge. Lastly, the Music Box is always good for a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show or the Room, and if that doesn’t draw you in then you should stop following this blog right now.

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