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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
IMAX Theatre | 600 E. Grand Avenue
You are cordially invited to a once-in-a-lifetime Gala evening
honoring filmmaker Christopher Nolan!

Cinema/Chicago, the 44th Chicago International Film Festival and Warner Bros. Pictures proudly present the first Chicago showing of THE DARK KNIGHT, the follow-up to the action hit Batman Begins. THE DARK KNIGHT reunites filmmaker Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. The City of Chicago is prominently showcased in the film, with shots of the old Chicago Post Office, the State of Illinois Center, the IBM Building, Upper and Lower Wacker Drive, and LaSalle Street, among other locations.

The evening will include a tribute to filmmaker Christopher Nolan followed by a screening of THE DARK KNIGHT in IMAX®, which features six sequences shot with IMAX® cameras. “Nolan’s work has captivated both critics and audiences alike. Memento remains one of the great directorial and writing achievements in cinema. He is a modern writer/director who approaches all aspects of his work with a style and sophistication seen only amongst the most elite tier of filmmakers,” remarks Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza.

A dinner reception will follow the tribute and screening in the stunning Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, lit up by a spectacular fireworks display. The Gala will benefit Cinema/Chicago, its year-round educational programs, and the 44th Chicago International Film Festival.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, THE DARK KNIGHT. Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E.Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. THE DARK KNIGHT is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Evening Program:

5:30PM Red Carpet Arrivals
6:30PM Tribute and Award Presentation to filmmaker Christopher Nolan
7:00PM Gala screening of The Dark Knight
9:30PM – 11:30PM Dinner Reception at The Crystal Gardens


Advance ticket price: $150/ticket if purchased by June 1
After June 1: $175/ticket


PRESALE tickets available to Cinema/Chicago members May 12-15.

To purchase tickets, please call 312-683-0121 x154, or click here.

Must attend Gala in Chicago. Must see The Dark Knight before everyone else!