Cinema is deeply ingrained in the modern culture, and though the first motion pictures were created in France, America soon caught on and began producing their own motion pictures with the aid of Kinetoscope technology. Thomas Edison created a system for filming, projecting and producing public films and motion pictures only improved from there.
Chicago, in fact, was one of the front-runners in the film industry, with American Vitagraph Co. opening a film office in 1904. Today, Americans value their entertainment greatly and in 2013 spent an average of nearly $2,500 on entertainment.
While there's something to be said for a quiet night in, going to the movie theater can be a great way to spend an evening and here at 15 must-try mighty independent movie theaters in Chicago.
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AMC 600 North Michigan 9
600 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Some call the AMC on Michigan Avenue the best theater in Downtown Chicago.
Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
2828 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
Landmark is a spacious and affordable theater sure to make for an enjoyable evening.
1011 S. Delano Court E., Chicago, IL 60605
ShowPlace offers tasty menu items, the latest movies and free parking.
Regal Cinemas City North 14 IMAX & RPX
2600 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Regal Cinemas is always reliable, and always offers the latest releases.
2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Logan Theatre is truly an independent theater, sure to win over your heart.
The New 400 Theaters
6746 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626
The New 400 offers movies and drinks at a reasonable price.
1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60610
ArcLight is your basic theater, perfect for seeing the latest releases.
The Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
This is an affordable solution to your upcoming date night.
5238 S. Harper Ave., Chicago, IL 60615
Harper Theater in Hyde Park is a great classic theater to visit for the next big box office hit.
6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634
This historic theater is sure to wow you and your date on the next movie night.
Studio Movie Grill
210 W. 87th St., Chicago, IL 60620
Many customers of Studio Movie Grill love the fresh food options available.
Cinemas Entertainment 10
3330 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60624
This theater doesn't discriminate on films shown as they offer both big productions and smaller independent ones.
The Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601
A great choice if you want to go to a theater that is a little out-of-the-ordinary.
1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Located on university property, this theater is open to the public and anyone who wants to enjoy a fun selection of movies.
2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Come here if you are looking to see live performances that you won't find at other larger theaters.