08/11/2011 01:09 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2011

Chicago Movie Events: Upcoming Screenings Of Classics And Cult Faves

This year’s Movies in the Parks schedule has been killer, with plenty more great films to come this season. But that’s not the only movie event going on in Chicago this summer. Film lovers will have plenty of opportunities to catch special film festivals and movie screenings in the next month or so. Here are some of the top film events going on in the coming weeks.

Sixteen Candles: Stop by the Tribune Freedom Center for “Free Movie Tuesdays” next week. It’s the last installment of this program, which has featured the likes of “Ghostbusters” and “Back to the Future” in weeks past. For the last Tuesday movie, you can relive your high school angst with the John Hughes classic “Sixteen Candles.”
Tue., Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.; FREE
650 W. Chicago Ave.; 800-755-2000

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Music Box Theatre will screen this cult classic on Aug. 20 for a special midnight show. Expect plenty of outrageous character-inspired costumes and audience members who will be singing along. A group called Midnight Madness will be on hand to encourage audience participation and make this film even more fun that you remember it.
Sat., Aug. 20 at 11:59 p.m.; $9.99 per person
3733 N. Southport Ave.; 773-871-6604

Chicago Dancing Festival: New to this year’s festival is a day filled with screenings of dance-related films. Kicking off the day is “A Dancer’s World,” a documentary about the influential work of dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. Also on the schedule is “Invitation to the Dance” starring and directed by Gene Kelly and “The Red Shoes,” the iconic dance film that has drawn comparisons with last year’s “Black Swan.”
Fri., Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; FREE
The Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.; 312-744-6630
Check website for full schedule

7 Day Shorts: For something fast and funny, stop by The Second City’s Demaat Theatre any Tuesday for 7 Day Shorts. At this weekly event, Second City alumni and students screen two-minute shorts inspired by audience suggestions from the previous week. After the screenings, Second City faculty members perform improv sketches based on the suggestions for the next week.
Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.; $10 per person
1616 N. Wells St.; 312-337-3992

17th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video: This festival, which celebrates the black experience on film, runs from now through the end of the month. Among the many festival highlights is “Crime After Crime,” a documentary about Deborah Peagler, a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for the contract killing of her abusive lover. For something on the lighter side, catch “DWB: Dating While Black,” a clever romantic comedy, or “Phunny Business: A Black Comedy,” a documentary about the Chicago comedy club All Jokes Aside, which hosted the likes of Bernie Mac, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock back in the day.
Fri., Aug 5 through Thu., Sep. 1; $11 per person per film, multi-show passes available
The Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.; 312-846-2800
Check website for full schedule