See Something Different at the Wilmette Theatre

The Wilmette Theatre’s mission is to provide quality programming not readily available elsewhere in the Chicago area. An important aspect of our programming is our partnerships with other not-for-profit organizations to present films and provide discussions. November is a very busy month for these programs.

We are the exclusive suburban host of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema, the signature series of Sophia’s Choice, a new Chicago not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Chicago-based, Hong Kong-bred cultural entrepreneur Sophia Wong Boccio. Sophia’s Choice was founded to cultivate the general public’s interest in Asian culture via film; connect the Asian film industry with Chicago for both professional and educational exchanges; and promote Chicago as a destination for Asian film companies. “Asian Pop-Up Cinema is intended for those culturally curious about the wide range of contemporary Asian films that are rarely theatrically released in America, as well as the rapidly growing local Asian-American population that wants to understand more about their heritage. These films – by award-winning filmmakers and featuring Asian superstars – all tell stories that transcend the different languages,” says Wong Boccio. Each program concludes with a talk-back about the film and a discussion about aspects of Asian culture portrayed in the film.

In conjunction with the “Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950” exhibition on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center through Jan. 10, 2016, the Wilmette Theatre is proud to partner with the Museum to present the Light & Noir Film Festival, Nov. 14-15, 2015. The festival will screen three of the finest films representing the genres of film noir, comedy and anti-Nazi messaging from the 1930s and 1940s with post-screening talk-backs.

The Wilmette Theatre is proud to partner with the Music Institute of Chicago to screen the jazz documentary “Lady Be Good” with a post-screening talk-back led by filmmaker Kay D. Ray and Mark George, the executive director of the Music Institute, on Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. This compelling documentary traces the musical contributions, journeys and obstacles of American women instrumentalists in jazz from the early 20th century to the 1970s. The film captures the lost stories of female jazz musicians in provocative and often humorous interviews with women musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians. “Lady Be Good” brings this exciting history to life with rare photos and recordings, previously unseen film and television footage, and commentary from Marian McPartland, Quincy Jones and many more. This film kicks off the Music Institute’s Women in Jazz Festival from Nov. 19-21.


These series compliment the Theatre’s unique movie programming and live events that attract patrons from the Greater Chicago area and Wisconsin. Some of the films shown at the theatre this year include “CitizenFour,” “Force Majeure,” “The Hunting Ground,” “Iris,” “Manhattan Shorts,” and “Meru.” Be sure to sign-up for the Wilmette Theatre’s weekly e-newsletter so you can stay on top of all of the exciting programs that the theatre is presenting, and visit our website for the latest showtimes and programming information. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization the theatre relies on donations to support this important mission.