Music Box Theatre’s 70mm Film Festival Presents HERE’S CHICAGO! THE CITY OF DREAMS, a travelog of Chicago from 1983

“Back in March 2020, the Music Box Theatre’s 6th 70mm Film Festival was abruptly interrupted by COVID-19. We closed our theater the Monday of the second week of the festival and somberly packed up dozens of reels of film and shipped them back to the studios with the idea that we’d pick up where we left off “when things get better.” It was a truly miserable week, not only because of the logistical hassle of canceling screenings, but also the uncertain future of the movie industry. How long would this last? Would independent movie theaters survive? Would the film labs and Kodak survive if production of new films halted? Will we ever be able to screen HELLO, DOLLY! again? Today, the answer to those questions is mostly positive, with the Music Box running more film than ever and audiences more excited about it. So two years later, we’re going to try this again!

“Also screening is a world premiere of a brand new 70mm restoration of HERE’S CHICAGO! THE CITY OF DREAMS, a travelog of Chicago from 1983. Restored by the Chicago Film Society from the only surviving 70mm print, this 13-minute film contains stunning footage of the City at its best. HERE’S CHICAGO will be paired with BRAINSTORM, also released in 1983 and directed by special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull.

“Produced for the multimedia tourist attraction of the same name, the 70mm travelog HERE’S CHICAGO! screened nearly every day at the Water Tower Pumping Station from 1983-1993, until the exhibit was closed prematurely in a classic City of Chicago lease dispute. A literal time capsule, HERE’S CHICAGO has been restored from the only surviving 70mm print and features breathtaking shots of the city by helicopter and “Where’s Waldo”-scale opportunities for watching the crowds of our great city. Preserved by the Chicago Film Society with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation.”

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