Choose from Three Options
- $9 for a one-time family pass (an $18 value)
- $99 for a one-year family pass (a $200 value)
- $16 for two movie tickets (an $18 value) with two small sodas (a $6 value) and two small popcorns (an $8 value; a $32 total value)
On the second Saturday of every month, the Facets Family Film Series screens animated and live-action movies from around the world for kids 7 or younger at 9:30 a.m. and for kids 8 or older at 11 a.m. Upcoming screenings include the Best Buddies and New Friends Valentine's Day programs, scheduled for February 9, and the Pink Power and Girls POV programs, which focus on Women's History Month and screen March 9. Family passes grant access for up to four children or adults to any family-series screening or to any general screening during the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, scheduled for October 25 through November 3 this year. The one-time family pass is valid for any single screening; the one-year family pass is valid for unlimited screenings of the 2013 Facets Family Film Series and The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
For adult twosomes in the mood for an outing or date night, current films include The Trouble with the Truth (through January 17), an American romantic drama that Variety praised as "convincing, moving and provocative," and Generation P (January 18–24), a confrontational adaptation of the cult novel by Victor Pelevin that the Village Voice deemed a "phantasmagoric treatment [of] an alternate (but not necessarily inaccurate) history of the Putin moment." This option is valid for any general Facets screening, including current films.
A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner _The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore_.
In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.
Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.