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Getting to the Film Center

The Film Center is located in the heart of Chicago’s theater district at 164 N. State Street (between Lake and Randolph). We are across the street from the Chicago Theater and adjacent to ABC 7′s studio.

Public Transportation

We’re conveniently located near all the major CTA train lines as well as several bus lines. The CTA has several options to help you find the best way to get here.


The neighborhood around the Film Center is well-serviced by taxicabs. Cab sservice can also be arranged in advance over the phone:

• Yellow Cab: 312.829.4222 or 312.TAXICAB
• Flash Cab: 773.561.1444

Driving to the Film Center

Use Google Maps to get door-to-door driving directions to the Film Center.


We recommend parking at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph, which is across the street from Macy’s (there’s also an entrance on Wabash near the corner of Randolph). Parking is $14 for 9 hours with a validation ticket, which can be obtained from the box office.

Accessibility for the Disabled

The Film Center is fully ADA accessible. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available upon request from the box office.

Box Office

Please visit our Tickets page for more information about pricing and buying tickets.

Accepted forms of Payment

We accept cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

Box Office Hours

Our box office opens one hour before the first show of the day and closes after the last show of the day. Generally, this means the box office is open from 5PM-8:30PM, Monday through Friday; 2:00PM-8:30PM on Saturday; and 2:00PM-5:30PM on Sunday. Please check our calendar for details on a specific day.

Lost & Found and Other Box Office Questions

The box office number is 312.846.2085 and is answered during its hours of operation for questions regarding accessibility for the disabled, lost and found, and other general facility questions.

Please keep in mind 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.

Theater Policies

Children and Film Ratings

The Film Center does not admit children under 6 years of age, however there are some exceptions for certain shows (the series More Muppet™ Magic, for example). Most of the the movies we show at the Film Center are not rated and generally geared toward patrons over the age of 13. Full descriptions for all of our films are listed on this site and in our print schedule, the Gazette. Parents should review the descriptions and use their best judgement when considering if a film is appropriate for their children.

Outside Food & Drinks

We do not permit outside food or drinks into our theaters. The Film Center’s Gallery/Café offers tables and seating where you may consume outside food & beverages.

Mobile & Electronic Devices

The use of mobile and electronic devices is not permitted in our theaters. In consideration of your fellow moviegoers, please turn off or silence any device that emits light or makes a sound.

Seating & Capacity

All tickets are general admission. We recommend arriving 15-25 minutes before your show begins so that you can purchase or pickup your ticket, visit the concession counter, and choose your favorite seat.

The Film Center has two theaters. Theater 1 (on the left when entering from the lobby) features stadium seating and seats 197 guests. Theater 2 (on the right when entering form the lobby) seats 61 guests.


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