- Samuel Fuller’s “The Baron of Arizona” screens Saturday at the Bank of America Cinema.
As Hank Sartin reported this morning in Time Out Chicago, Bank of America Cinema programmer Michael Phillips (no relation to the Tribune critic) sent an e-mail to media last night announcing that the Portage Park repertory series would end after concluding its current season December 18.
“We’ve known this was coming for a long time, but it’s still a shock,” Phillips wrote.
“We’re pursuing our options, which include (1) trying to talk the bank into keeping the building open; in the event that it closes, (2) finding another venue in the neighborhood to move our operation to; and (3) finding a nonprofit organization that the bank can donate the equipment to, so it won’t gather dust or get auctioned. We’re in preliminary talks with suitable locations for (2) and (3); I honestly don’t think (1) is going to happen, but you never know.”
Asked for details, bank spokesperson Diane Wagner responded: “I do know the banking center is for sale. It would be premature to say that the cinema is closing until I have a better understanding of when customer notification will take place. I think it may be sent out near the end of next week and am waiting to have that confirmed.”