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Johnny Depp's Public Enemies Gets Advance Screenings ... But Not in Chicago

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 9, 2009 8:45PM

2009_6_9publicenemies.jpg One of the few summer blockbusters we're genuinely interested in seeing this year is Michael Mann's Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as infamous gangster John Dillinger. The movie opens nationwide on July 1.

But if you're in Wisconsin, L.A. or Hobart, Indiana you'll have the chance to see it early. All three places are hosting pre-release screenings of one kind of another. So why not Chicago? After all, according to Reel Chicago the production pumped $25 million into the local economy. It was shot on locations all over town (pun intended), including the Biograph Theater and Lakeview.

Well, no one seems to know. Of course large portions of the movie were filmed elsewhere in the Midwest, but it seems like the kind of flick that cries out for a splashy event at the Chicago Theater, complete with vintage cars and ladies in feather boas.

Oh well. In the meantime we'll just have to watch The Untouchables again ... or maybe go on one of those bus tours.