ArcLight Presents: Architecture Afternoons with CAF. Arclight Cinemas has partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to present an afternoon of film and architecture.
Monthly Film Series
This monthly film series that explores how filmmakers use our city and its architecture to tell. The selected films will be screened and followed by a discussion and Q&A with expert panelists on compelling themes related to the film as they pertain to architecture and design, filmmaking, and Chicago.
Location and cost
Location: ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 North Clybourn, Suite C301, (847) 729-7291 Parking and transit info. COTC: this theater doesn’t allow large bags or backpacks.
Movie and lecture tickets are Adults $14.50; Seniors (60+) $11.75. For the cost of a film you also get a lecture from a knowledgeable CAF docent. This is a particularly good deal if you haven’t seen these movies and you enjoy architecture. If you’ve never seen the March film, Metropolis, on the big screen here’s your chance.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 2PM The Dark Knight Reserve tickets here.
Discussion topics: Location scouting, modifying architecture to create a mood, what makes Chicago recognizable as itself and what makes it “Gotham”?
Synopsis: Quite a few superhero movies have been filmed in Chicago. Batman and Superman are the caped figures seen most often in the city—Batman Begins (2005), Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman (2016) all feature scenes filmed in Chicago. But it’s The Dark Knight (2008) that really uses a variety of the city’s architecture—few films explore more of Chicago than this blockbuster hit.
It opens with an intricate sequence filmed at the Old Main Post Office, where the massive Art Deco building stands in for a bank. A chase sequence makes use of lower Wacker Drive and a parade marches down LaSalle Street, terminating at the soaring Chicago Board of Trade Building. The Chicago Theater also gets its moment in the spotlight. Modern buildings get a chance to shine, too—Batman rides his fancy motorcycle through Millennium Station and stands atop Willis (Sears) Tower to survey the city. The black exterior of the skyscraper even matches the caped crusader’s enigmatic look. Though The Dark Knight is set in fictional Gotham City, Chicago’s real-life architecture is instantly recognizable throughout the film.