Gene Siskel Film Center Profiled by Chicago Reader for 50th Anniversary

A black and white photograph of a theater interior, facing the screen. On the black theater screen, white text reads “The New School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”

Film Center interior, 1976. Image courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center

Film Center interior, 1976. Image courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center was recently featured [15] in the Chicago Reader for the theater’s 50th anniversary. The article recounts the journey to the theater’s founding and its ties with SAIC. “In the beginning we were both very taken with the idea of showing films to the Chicago public,” former associate director B. Ruby Rich said of her experience co-programming at the theater alongside founder Camille Cook. “Of making something happen in Chicago. Of making a mark for the Film Center. Of stirring things up.” To celebrate the anniversary, the Gene Siskel Film Center has programmed the 50/50 series [16], where a film from each year of the theater’s history will screen every Monday night in 2022.

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