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5 Spots for an Epic Moviegoing Experience

As any cinephile knows, atmosphere is everything. From mammoth multiplexes to storied movie houses, we pull back the curtains to reveal our favorite settings for epic film watching.

From state-of-the-art to the historic, Chicago’s top movie palaces (including Music Box Theatre, pictured here) deliver.

1. Arclight Cinemas 
Nestled in NewCity, Lincoln Park’s new entertainment hub, this swanky theater offers luxury stadium seating. After the movie, check out the plaza’s selection of restaurants. 1500 N. Clybourne Ave., 312.637.5760

2. Block 37 AMC
Talk about top-notch technology. With the touch of a button, moviegoers can order format theater fare served right to their plush leather recliners—without disruption. 108 N. State St., 312.261.4700

3. Gene Siskel Film Center
Named in honor of the celebrated film critic, this theater is known for its annual festivals and trailblazing cinema presentations by independent filmmakers. 164 N. State St., 312.846.2800

4. Logan Theatre
This movie house opening in 1915 as a single-screen cinema. Today, it still draws guests with its history charm, old-school confections and stuff cocktails. 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.342.5555

5. Music Box Theatre
Independently owned and operated, this Chicago staple is prized for its screening premieres (The Hateful Eight, In Between Engagements and Nasty Baby, to name a few). You might even bump into a celebrity! 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773.871.6604