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Tuesday Night Movie Club

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 28, 2006 5:26PM

With temps expected to hit the 70s on Thursday, it’s clear that spring is on the way. Of course, this means summer will be here in a matter of ... well, hours. And with summer comes the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park.

Roger Ebert announced this year’s slate in today’s Sun-Times 2006_03_moviefest.jpgafter selecting the films for last year’s fest. First on the bill is Rebel Without A Cause on July 18th. Ebert and Richard Roeper will discuss the film at 8:15 p.m. while most of the audience gamely attempts to listen before giving up as their mics never seem to be loud enough. The other six films are Bringing Up Baby, High Noon, American Graffiti, The Apartment, On The Waterfront, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

We’re at a loss to discern what this year’s theme is unless it’s “The Best Directors Ever.” The films will screen in Butler Field, the area of Grant Park bordered by Monroe, Jackson and Lake Shore Drive on Tuesdays through July and August, rain or shine. Showtimes are at dusk (click the jump for exact dates and approximate times), and there's a free bike valet service.

Don’t forget that the Grant Park fest isn’t the only opportunity to sit under the stars and watch movies with your neighbors. The Chicago Park District offers many other free flicks at parks all over the city. Watch the CPD website and Chicagoist for more details.

Start preparing now by reading our tips for a successful excursion to the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival. And watch out for gooseshit.

July 18: Rebel Without A Cause, 8:55 p.m.
July 25: Bringing Up Baby, 8:49 p.m.
Aug. 1: High Noon, 8:41 p.m.
Aug. 8: American Graffiti, 8:32 p.m.
Aug. 15 :The Apartment, 8:22 p.m.
Aug. 22: On the Waterfront, 8:11 p.m.
Aug. 29: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 7:59 p.m.