About SFSC

The SFSC called the Portage home from 2005 to 2013

The Silent Film Society of Chicago is dedicated to the preservation and proper presentation of silent films. With 80% of all silent film prints no longer in existence, the Society’s goal is to heighten public awareness to expedite silent film preservation. It accomplishes this with proper presentation of the silent film — historically, technically, and artistically.

In addition to offering silent film screenings at the Des Plaines Theater, the Pickwick theater in Park Ridge, Carl Schurz High School’s Slocum Hall, and other venues in the Chicago area, the Society offers youth programs for students in grades 5 through 12. Discovering the Silent Cinema provides students with a retrospective of the silent film era and shows the evolution of the cinema from the early 1900’s to the advent of sound pictures.

The highlight of the Society’s event calendar is our highly regarded Silent Summer Film Festival – six consecutive Friday evenings in late July and throughout August. These film classics are presented in the same fashion as they were released more than 70 years ago.