How to Host the Best Movie Night Ever
Hint: book a private screening
Whether it’s watching A Christmas Story with your entire extended family or revisiting Clueless with high-school buds, movie night is always a treat. And while we do enjoy whipping up specialty cocktails for at-home screenings (we make a mean Dirty Dancing Fizz), sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the work. Here are three Chicago spaces to rent for private screenings.
The Screening Room at Soho House
With red velvet chairs and lamp-lit tables, the West Loop screening room feels like a glam supper club. The 30-seat space can be rented out for private events--and you’re really in luck if you like movies and pizza. The new “Screening and Slices” package includes a private movie screening with cocktails, mocktails and snacks, followed by a family-style feast at on-site restaurant Pizza East.
113-135 N. Green St.; sohohousechicago.com
Screen at the Wit
The aptly named Screen is an intimate, 40-seat theater at the downtown hotel. The cushy space has recliner and lounge seating, and there are cocktail tables throughout. The theater can screen any movie your heart desires--just bring in the Blu-Ray or DVD--and the expansive catering menu offers goods like triple-cheese flatbreads and red-velvet cupcakes.
201 N. State St.; screenatthewit.com
The Screening Room at the Public
The Gold Coast?s swanky hotel has a 75-seat screening room that?s all tufted sofas and cozy fur blankets. (It kind of reminds us of a place big-name directors might gather for an après-ski flick at Sundance.) The room can be rented out for private movie nights replete with popcorn, candy and sips. But if the Bears trump anything that?s happening in Hollywood for you right now, stop by on Sundays; the plush space broadcasts NFL games throughout the season.
1301 N. State Pkwy.; publichotels.com