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 — through our film loan program — to audiences.

▶︎ For a list of loanable titles or to make a loan request, please write to us at: info@chicagofilmsociety.org Trailer reels and short subjects also available for loan!

▶︎ On-site viewing of films at our (very small) office can be arranged for researchers by contacting info@chicagofilmsociety.org with at least three weeks advance notice. Currently, this applies to 16mm films only.



Screenings of prints from Chicago Film Society Collections:


CFS also frequently screen prints from our own collections in Chicago as part of our own film programming.

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

AMATEUR
 (Hal Hartley, 1994, 35mm)
13 Oct 2022 – Film Forum – New York, NY
16 Mar 2022 – BAM Film – Brooklyn, NY
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

ARTISTS AND MODELS (Frank Tashlin, 1955, 35mm IB Technicolor)
August 2022 – Film Society of Lincoln Center – New York, NY

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

BRAINSTORM (Douglas Trumbull, 1983, 70mm)
5, 6, 7 August 2022 – Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria, NY

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

COMPUTER CHESS (Andrew Bujalski, 2013, 35mm)
new print commissioned by the Chicago Film Society
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)
preserved by the Chicago Film Society
7 Jan 2022 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston, TX
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

HANA-BI (Takeshi Kitano, 1997, 35mm)
1 April 2022 – Japan Society – New York, NY

HERE’S CHICAGO: THE CITY OF DREAMS (Ted Hearne, 1983, new 70mm print)
preserved by the Chicago Film Society
1 Oct 2022 – Schauburg Cinerama Kino – Karlsruhe, Germany

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

INTERLUDE (Douglas Sirk, 1957, 35mm IB Technicolor print)
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 IB Technicolor print)
22 Sept 2019 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli, 1944, 35mm)
10 March 2019 – Cinéclub 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 – Astoria, NY

OM SHANTI OM (Farah Khan, 2007, 35mm)
1 Oct 2022 – Wisconsin Cinematheque – Madison, WI

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)
22 & 24 July 2022 – Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria, NY
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

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

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

TRUST (Hal Hartley, 1990, new 35mm print)
New print commissioned by the Chicago Film Society
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

TWISTER (Michael Almereyda, 1989, 35mm)
22 Sept 2022 – Roxy Cinema – New York, NY

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

THE YARDS (James Gray, 2000, 35mm)
14–16 Oct 2022 – Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria, NY

ZANDY’S BRIDE (Jan Troell, 1974, 35mm IB Technicolor print)
8 & 10 May 2022 – Music Box Theatre – Chicago, IL