Film Collection

The Chicago Film Society collection consists of film prints of over 500 feature films, 1000 short subjects, and several thousand trailers, commercials, and snipes in 16, 35, and 70mm. We have a special interest in 35mm release prints, unusual and independently produced short subjects, animation, and theater advertising ephemera. 

The primary purpose of our collections is to create access to material that would otherwise not be seen, both through screenings to Chicago audiences at CFS screenings, and to audiences around the world through film loans. Films are also made available for on site viewing.  

For a list of loanable titles or to make a loan request, please write to us at:
info AT chicagofilmsociety DOT org

Trailer reels and short subjects also available for loan!

Upcoming screenings of prints from Chicago Film Society Collections:

TRANCERS (Charles Band, 1984, 35mm)
10 & 11 Dec 2021 – Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

CORN’S-A-POPPIN’ (Robert Woodburn, 1955, 35mm)
preserved by the Chicago Film Society
7 Jan 2022 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston, TX

AMATEUR 
(Hal Hartley, 1994, 35mm)
16 Mar 2022 – BAM Film – Brooklyn, NY


Past screenings of prints from Chicago Film Society Collections:

AFTERGLOW (Alan Rudolph, 1997, 35mm)
20 Oct 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

AMATEUR
 (Hal Hartley, 1994, 35mm)
29 Jan 2020 – Metrograph – New York, NY
17 & 19 May 2019 – Northwest Film Center – Portland, OR
9 & 11 June 2017 – 5th Ave. Cinema – Portland, OR
21 Nov 2016 – Metrograph – New York, NY

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
(Andrew Dominik, 2007, 35mm)
1 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

THE BRIDGES OF TOKO-RI (Mark Robson, 1954, 35mm)
19 August 2019 – Film Forum – New York, NY

COMPUTER CHESS (Andrew Bujalski, 2013, 35mm)
29 March 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI
23 & 27 Jan 2019 – Austin Film Society – Austin, TX
8 Sept 2018 – Texas Theatre – Dallas, TX
25 Aug 2018 – IFC Center – New York, NY

CORN’S-A-POPPIN’ (Robert Woodburn, 1955, 35mm)
preserved by the Chicago Film Society
14 Jan 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Houston, TX
4 Dec 2016 – Ragtag Cinema – Columbia, MO
16 May 2016 – Wisconsin Film Festival – Madison, WI
5 Apr 2016 – Grand Illusion Cinema – Seattle, WA
3 Aug 2015 – Harvard Film Archive – Cambridge, MA
3 & 4 April 2015 – Cleveland Cinematheque – Cleveland, OH
17 & 23 Mar 2015 – George Eastman Museum – Rochester, NY
21 Feb 2015 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, CA
6 Dec 2014 – Museum of Modern Art – New York, NY
3 Oct 2014 – Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – Austin, TX
23 June 2014 – Music Box Theatre – Chicago, IL
4 May 2014 – UCLA Film & Television Archive – Los Angeles, CA

DIE HARD (John McTiernan, 1988, 35mm)
15 Dec 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI
14 Dec 2018 – Music Box Theatre – Chicago, IL

THE ERRAND BOY (Jerry Lewis, 1961, 35mm)
18 Nov 2017 – Cleveland Institute of Art – Cleveland, OH

FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY (Jeremy Summers, 1964, 35mm)
7 Nov 2016 – Braunschweig International Film Festival – Braunschweig, Germany

GABBEH (Moshen Makhmalbaf, 1996, 35mm)
15 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (Busby Berkeley, 1935, 35mm)
6 Feb 2017 – Harvard Film Archive – Cambridge, MA
14 Dec 2016 – Film Forum – New York, NY

HOME ALONE (Chris Columbus, 1990, 35mm)
14 Dec 2018 – Music Box Theatre – Chicago, IL

INTERLUDE (Douglas Sirk, 1957, 35mm)
10 Nov 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

JUKE GIRL (Curtis Berhardt, 1942, 35mm)
17 Nov 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

KING OF COMEDY (Stephen Chow, 1999, 35mm)
13 Oct 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

THE LADIES MAN (Jerry Lewis, 1961, 35mm)
22 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli, 1944, 35mm)
10 March 2019 – Cineclub Film Society – Montreal, Canada

MY LIFE AS A DOG (Lasse Hallström, 1985, 35mm)
8 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

OLD JOY (Kelly Reichardt, 2006, 35mm)
7 & 8 Mar 2020 – Harvard Film Archive – Cambridge, MA
29 Feb 2020 – Museum of the Moving Image – New York, NY

PARANORMAN (Chris Butler, Sam Fell, 2012, 35mm)
27 Oct 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

RED ROCK WEST (John Dahl, 1993, 35mm)
5 Mar 2020 – Revue Cinema – Toronto, ON 
3 Nov 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

SHY PEOPLE (Andrei Konchalovsky, 1987, 35mm)
29 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

SWEETIE (Jane Campion, 1989, 35mm)
4 Nov 2021 – Academy Museum – Los Angeles, CA
8 Sept 2021 – George Eastman Museum – Rochester, NY
6 Oct 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI
19 Oct 2017 – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – San Francisco, CA
11 Sept 2017 – Film Society of Lincoln Center – New York, NY
19 April 2017 – DeBartolo Performing Arts Center – Notre Dame, IN
14 Jan 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Houston, TX – Sweetie

TENNESSEE JAMBOREE (Albert C. Gannaway, 1964, 35mm)
14 May 2018 – Doc Films – Chicago, IL

TRUST (Hal Hartley, 1990, 35mm) New print commissioned by CFS!
14 Feb 2020 – Castro Theatre – San Francisco, CA
29 Jan 2020 – Metrograph – New York, NY
28 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI
23 August 2019 – Lightbox Film Center – Philadelphia, PA
17, 19 May 2019 – Northwest Film Center – Portland, OR

TURN THE KEY SOFTLY (Jack Lee, 1953, 35mm)
8 Dec 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

WILD GRASS (Alain Resnais, 2009, 35mm)
24 Nov 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR (Martin Scorsese, 1967, 35mm)
22 Nov, 24 Dec 2019 – Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, ON