A Chicago classic film series finds a new home
CHICAGO, IL — The film series previously known as the Bank of America Cinema that was housed in a B of A branch office on Irving Park Road has now found a very appropriate new home in Chicago’s Portage Theatre, not far from the bank. Built in 1920 and opened as the Portage Park Theatre, the Portage is also home to the showings of the Chicago Silent Film Society. The series is devoted to showing actual projected film, not digital images.
“Dennis was really happy when we approached him about it. He thought what we were doing was really cool and worthwhile, and he did everything within his power to make this happen,” Hall said.
The Portage, also home to Silent Film Society of Chicago, is an old-school movie palace built in 1920, which seats about 1300 – a far cry from the modest Bank cinema which topped out at a mere 300 seats.
There is more about the move in the Roosevelt Torch.