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Where in the world can you see films from Asia, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Africa and India? Where can you see films made for women by women?
 
The Wilmette Theatre shows quality movies that you can't see anywhere else. We rely on donors and sponsors to cover about 30% of our operating expenses, as well as needed building repairs and renovations.
 

Please consider a donation to the Theatre to keep our vibrant programming alive and growing.  Our system only allows us to set up fixed amount donations.  If you would like to donate a different amount please contact the Theatre at info@wilmettetheatre.com or call our office at 847-251-7424.  Checks can be mailed to:  Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL  60091.

Buy Tickets - Saturday, December 31 @ 11:59PM

STEPHANIE ROGERS STORY JAM

Audience goers will enjoy an evening of soulful songs with a live band, fun stories and lots of laughs during this one-night only STORY JAM. STORY JAM is a lit-live music show featuring personal true stories of award winning Chicago area storyteller-performers. Stephanie Rogers serves as emcee and singer-songwriter.

Many thanks to our sponsors 

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Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

Buy Tickets - Saturday, November 5 @ 8:00 PM

Friday Funnies at the Mette

Friday Funnies at the Mette

Come laugh with some of Chicago's hottest local comedians, hosted by Jenniffer Weigel.
 
No two shows are ever the same. Don't miss the fun.
 
Tickets $15 for 1 or 2 for $25 in advance.
$20 at the door.
 
 

Buy Tickets - Friday, September 9 @ 8:00 PM

Buy Tickets - Friday, October 7 @ 8:00 PM

Special Showing with Director & Cast: Reparation

 A troubled Air Force veteran finds clues to his buried memories in his daughter's art, while confronted by a stranger looking for answers of his own. REPARATION is a powerful psychological thriller that swirls like a funnel cloud around Bob Stevens, a small-town vegetable farmer with a three-year hole in his memory. When a mysterious stranger, Jerome, shows up claiming to have been his best friend from the Air Force Police, Bob's peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Bob's entire family is caught in the storm, but none more than his eight year-old daughter, Charlotte, who discovers that she might hold the key to conjuring Bob's forgotten past. As Charlotte comes to learn, every time something happens that knocks us out of balance, we try doing something that will knock us back in. That universal theme of balance is the heart and soul of Reparation.

 

 

Buy Tickets - Saturday, September 10 @ 7:00 PM

Conversations with Weigel: Michael Bodine

Michael comes from a family of mediums and psychics. He has been giving psychic readings since he was a child and is well known for doing ghostbusting with his sister Echo and son Blake. His clients range from celebrities to financiers and dog walkers.  His book, "Growing Up Psychic:  From Skeptic to Believer" is a humorous look at growing up in a psychic family.
 
Enjoy this fascinating conversation that will also include Michael giving readings to the crowd.
 
Tickets $25 or 2 for $35 in advance, $30 at the door.
 
Note that if you are purchasing 2 for $35 only enter the quantity 1 on the purchase page.
 

Buy Tickets - Friday, September 16 @ 7:30 PM

Asian Pop Up Cinema Sori: Voice From The Heart

 Starring: Lee Sung-min, Lee Hee-joon and Lee Honey  

South Korea | 2016 | 117 min | DCP | Korean w/subtitles
 
Veteran actor Lee Sung-min (best known for Broken, Venus Talk), after a long career as a villain in supporting roles, gives us an award-winning performance as an ordinary person dealing with ordinary life experiences.  Together with a robot named SORI, director Lee surprises audiences throughout the movie as this eccentric pair go on a journey in search of their separate “targets”.  
 
Come join us at this heartwarming APUC Season III opener that is suitable for all ages.
Director Lee Ho-jae will be in attendance to share his creative ideas about making a movie depicting a relationship between a robot and a grief-stricken father.
 
Director's BIO - Born in 1971, Lee Ho-jae received his B.A. in Film from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he directed a short film Absolute Pitch (2003).  He made his director debut in Korea with The Scam (2009), a stock market thriller which sold 1.5 million admissions.  In the years following he directed a short film Vertical Limit (2010) and also was one of the writers on Lee Won-suk's romantic comedy How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013).  Sori:  Voice from the Heart is his second feature.  
 
Tickets are to include the post-screening discussion and an after party with refreshments and meet up w/director.
 
General Admission $25, Special for Two or more  @$20 each, Seniors/Students at $18 ea.
 
 

Buy Tickets - Saturday, September 17 @ 1:30 PM

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gather in Cinemas, Museums and Universities for one purpose...to view and vote on the Finalist's Films in the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Each Finalist selected will be eligible to enter the Oscars

 

 

Buy Tickets - Friday, September 23 @ 7:00 PM

Buy Tickets - Sunday, September 25 @ 2:00 PM

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Under the Stars

Skip whatever you had planned and take the night off!  Enjoy refreshments in the historic Wilmette Theatre before heading out to the theatre's "back yard" parking lot for one of the finest films of our time . . . under the stars. Revisit Ferris' famous North Shore haunts.  Wilmette's own Stephanie Rogers will emcee this fun event!

 A live auction will feature unique experiences at the Theatre and elsewhere.  The proceeds will benefit the Wilmette Theatre.

$100 per person includes Chuck Wagon favorites, wine and beer and an evening of fun.  A portion of the ticket price will be tax deductible.

Call the office @ (847) 251-7424 for tickets or click on the link to purchase online.

 

Buy Tickets - Saturday, September 24 @ 6:30 to 11:00 PM

ASIAN POP UP CINEMA : HAMOG, CHICAGO PREMIERE

Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM @ Wilmette Theatre
Directed by: Ralston Jover
Starring: Teri Malvar, Zaijan Jaranilla, Samuel Quintana ad Bon Lentejas
Philippines | 2015 | 92 min | DCP | Tagalog w/subtitles. 

Ralston Jover, the director of the critically acclaimed Bakal Boys and Brillante Mendoza’s former screenwriter, delivers an empowering, thrilling and impassioned tale of a gang of street kids: Rashid (Zaijian Jaranilla), Jinky (Teri Malvar), Tisoy (Sam Quintana) and Moy (Bon Lentejas).  Unexpected events in their daily routine of crime and survival in the busy streets of Manila lead to dramatic changes for all of them. Performed by four talented young actors, with Teri Malvar’s fierce performance winning the Screen International Rising Star Award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival and the Best Actress Award at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival in June of 2016.  Besides winning the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Awards from the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, the Director also won the Russian Film Critics’ Jury for the Best Film award.

Tickets are $7-$10 and will be available for sale via www.wilmettetheatre.com 

Buy Tickets - Sunday, September 25 @ 2:00 PM

Asian Pop Up Cinema : When the Curtain Rises, Chicago Premiere

Sunday, October 9, 2:00 PM at Wilmette Theatre. Suitable for all ages.  
Directed by:  Motohiro Katsuyuki
Starring:  Momota Kanako, Tamai Shiori, Sasaki Ayaka, Ariyasu Momoka, Takagi Reni and Kuroki Haru
Japan | 2015 | 119 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles. 
 
“Based on a novel by theater director Hirata Oriza, director Motohiro Katsuyuki focuses on the process of putting on a play including the artistic and personal growth of its young actors as its centerpiece of When The Curtain Rises.  The film goes beyond its ‘let’s put on a play’ story to the more universal theme of doubt to positive action, from aspirations to accomplishments.  The five young leads, are members of the idol group Momoiro Clover Z, and their learning curve as actors overlaps with that of their characters in the film.  Thanks to the director’s choice of using tracking camera views from an objective middle-distance, the young actresses are able to portray normal kids working hard in pursuit of a common goal.  Finally, the cement that holds the story together is Kuroki’s Yoshioka, the new coach of the theatre club.  Only 24 years old at the time of filming, Kuroki had already amassed an impressive list of acting honors, including the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in another family drama The Little House.” (Excerpts from Mark Schilling, JAPAN TIMES.)
 

Tickets are $7-$10 

Buy Tickets - Sunday, October 9 @ 2:00PM

Conversations with Weigel: Jen interviews Caroline Myss

Conversations With Weigel:  A Series Exploring Spiritual Enlightenment

Unblock The Flow of Energy in Your Life and Reveal Your True Destiny with 
Best-Selling Author and Energy Healer Caroline Myss
 
Audience members will listen as Caroline talks about the engagement of the soul in our health and healing, which we experience through exploring our seven shadow passions, our seven inherent graces, and learning how to work with the mystical laws that govern them. She tells us it is this knowledge that holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought.  You can heal any illness. You can channel grace. And you can learn to live fearlessly.
 
Thursday October 20 at 7:00 PM
 
Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Buy Tickets - Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM

Asian Pop Up Cinema : The Wailing

THE WAILING
Sunday, October 30, 1:30 PM @ Wilmette Theatre
Directed by:  Na Hong-jin
Starring:  Hwang Jung-min, Kwak Do-won, Kim Hwan-hee, and Kunimura Jun
South Korea | 2016 | 156 min | Blu-ray | Korean w/subtitles
 
In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals. Suspicion quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason.  As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.  Over six years in the making, director Na Hong-jin’s meticulously crafted follow-up to the globally acclaimed The Yellow Sea and The Chaser (his third to premiere at the Festival de Cannes) smashed box office records upon its debut in South Korea.  Fans made return viewings to catch new clues and debate what’s sure to be the most talked-about ending of 2016.  Young actor Kim Hwan-hee gave an extraordinary performance as the demonic possessed daughter.  
 
Dress code:  On the eve of Halloween, we encourage audiences to come in your Halloween costumes.  We have prepared some fun prizes for the three best-dressed attendees!!!
 

Tickets are $7 - $10 

Buy Tickets - Sunday, October 30 @ 1:30p

Asian Pop Up Cinema : The Actor, The Chicago Premiere

THE ACTOR
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 PM @ Wilmette Theatre
Directed by:  Satoko Yokohama
Starring:  Ken Yasuda, Kumiko Aso, Shohei Uno, Hirohumi Arai
Japan | 2016 | 123 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles
 
“Takuji Kameoka has made a career out of masterful performances for the silver screen and he would be a household name – if it weren’t for the fact that his filmography consists entirely of bit parts. As the prospect of a breakout role in a foreign art-house director’s newest work appears, so too does the possibility of winning the heart of izakaya owner Azumi Murota.  In her hotly anticipated follow-up to the breakout Bare Essence of Life, director Satoko Yokohama adapts Akito Inui’s original novel, crafting this quietly darling tribute to the workaday human magic underlying the gleam of cinema.  Ken Yasuda, known for TEAM NACS and many voice performances for Studio Ghibli, is irresistible in the film’s title role, while Yokohama’s regular Kumiko Aso shines just as brightly as the bar owner.”  (Excerpt from Japan Cuts 2016 catalog).  
 

Tickets are $7-$10 

Buy Tickets - Sunday, November 13 @ 2:00 PM

Asian Pop Up Cinema : Round Trip Heart

ROUND TRIP HEART 

CHICAGO PREMIERE
Sunday, December 4, 4:00 PM @ Wilmette Theatre followed by Closing Night Reception.  
Directed by:  Yuki Tanada, who will be in attendance for Intro and Q & A.  
Starring:  Oshima Yuko and Okura Koji
Japan | 2015 | 97 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles
 
Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season III will close with Round Trip Heart, by Japanese director Yuki Tanada, a romantic comedy between a food and drinks cart pusher (starring Oshima Yuko) working on the Odakyu Romance car and a shoplifter (starring Okura Koji) who turns out to be a failed movie producer. 
 
Director Tanada, who last filmed her own screenplay for the charming 2008 road movie One Million Yen Girl, will test audience sympathy with a sudden shift of focus between our heroine, the cart pusher and the loser movie producer.  We are very honored to host a female director - a first for Asian Pop-Up Cinema  - who will join us for the film presentation, post-screening discussion, and closing night festivities.
 
Please join us to celebrate the end of another successful season!
 
Tickets are to include the post-screening discussion and an after party with refreshments and meet up w/director.
 
General Admission $25, Special Twos @$20 each, Seniors/Students at $18 ea.

Buy Tickets - Sunday, December 4 @ 4:00 PM

Conversations with Weigel: Thomas John

Conversations With Weigel:  A Series Exploring Spiritual Enlightenment

Jen interviews Thomas John 

Back by popular demand – journalist Jenniffer Weigel interviews Thomas John, the Manhattan Medium, author of "Never Argue With A Dead Person – True and Unbelievable Stories from the Other Side." Enjoy a fascinating conversation and interact with this well-known medium making a rare appearance in the Chicago area.  Thomas will answer audience questions and conduct selected readings.  These programs sell out so buy your tickets early!

Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

  

Buy Tickets - Tuesday, December 13 @ 7:00 PM

Parking: You’ll find plenty of easy, free parking in Wilmette’s Village Center. In addition to no time-limit, on-street parking in the evening, there are parking lots across from and behind the Wilmette Theatre. Also within a short walk are parking lots behind Village Hall and the Metra Commuter Lots that are free and available in the evenings and weekends.