Portage Theater

4050 N. Milwaukee


There’s no better setting for nostalgia and chills than Portage Theater. The majestic 1,300-seat auditorium, with its soaring ceiling and ornate details, feels more like an opera house than a movie theater. The space so effectively channels the past that Johnny Depp’s John Dillinger graced it in Public Enemies, and both the Silent Film Society of Chicago and the Northwest Chicago Film Society call the Portage home. For films screened by the former, moviegoers get to experience Jay Warren’s spooky live soundtrack hammered out on the theater’s magnificent organ. (Next up: Nosferatu on June 26.) In the case of the latter, audiences are treated to 35-millimeter classics including Joan Crawford and Henry Fonda in Daisy Kenyon (June 29). —Sarah Louise Klose