Matt Pais, @mattpais
RedEye movie critic
May 23, 2013
Remember when there were free movies shown in Grant Park each summer? Remember how bummed you were when that series went away?
Well, good news: The offices of the mayor and cultural affairs announced today that a new, free film series will begin June 18 in Millennium Park, kicking off with a tribute to late, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert and a screening of the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago."
But wait! You actually don't have to wait that long. While June 18 is the "official" beginning to the series, the 1981 Muddy Waters/Rolling Stones performnace at the Checkerboard Lounge screens June 4, and the spectacular animated flick "The Triplets of Belleville" appears June 11. (That film begins at dusk; all others start at 6:30 p.m.)
The 40-foot-long, 22.5-foot-high screen will hopefully be high enough that the issue suffered during screenings in Grant Park--the inability to see over people sitting in front of you on the lawn--won't resurface. As you may expect, pavilion seating is first-come, first-served, and the lawn may hit capacity. (Definitely arrive early for "Singin' in the Rain" Aug. 6.)
See below for the full schedule, and mark calendars as needed.
June 4: "Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones-Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, 1981"
June 11: "The Triplets of Belleville"
June 18: "Chicago"
June 25: "Funny Face"
July 2: "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
July 9: "Amadeus"
July 16: "Moulin Rouge"
July 23: "The Jungle Book"
July 30: "Buena Vista Social Club"
Aug. 6: "Singin’ in the Rain"
Aug. 13: "Cabaret"
Aug. 20: "Dreamgirls"
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