Millennium Park summer film lineup runs from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Greek Wedding’

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The Pritzker Pavilion this summer will transport movie fans to Wakanda, Oz and the Qing Dynasty during this summer’s Millennium Park Summer Film Series.

The lineup, announced Thursday, was selected in consultation with 13 local theater companies in observance of this year’s celebration of the Year of Chicago Theatre.

The 6:30 p.m. screenings begin June 4, with free pavilion and lawn seating facing the 40-foot LED screen.

Here’s the lineup:

June 4: “Black Panther”

The eta Creative Arts Foundation presents the most popular film of 2018, the action-packed fight over the future of the hidden African nation of Wakanda.

June 11: “Frida”

This R-rated 2002 biography, selected by Teatro Vista, stars Salma Hayek as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

June 18: “Love, Simon”

About Face Theatre brings us this 2018 hit about a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality.

June 25: “Wonder Woman”

A powerful princess leaves the all-woman island of the Amazons to help win World War II in this 2017 superhero smash presented by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

July 2: “The Wiz”

Black Ensemble Theatre marks the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” with this 1978 musical rethinking of the classic story.

July 9: “10 Things I Hate About You”

Chicago Shakespeare Theater chose this 1999 update of the Bard’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” set in the halls of a high school.

July 16: “Moonlight” (first of double feature)

Steppenwolf Theatre presents this R-rated 2016 slice of real Miami life, an Oscar winner adapted from a play by its own Tarell Alvin McCraney.

July 16: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (second of double feature)

Before “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro directed this 2006 visually splendiferous, R-rated fantasy, selected by Aguijón Theater.

July 23: “The Music Man”

The Goodman Theatre, which plans a summer production of this classic musical, brings us the 1962 film version.

July 30: “Fences”

The film version of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is presented by Court Theatre, which staged it in 2006.

Aug. 5: “Inside Out” (10:30 a.m.)

The 2015 Pixar favorite about the emotions in a girl’s brain gets a matinee screening courtesy of Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Aug. 6: “The Muppet Movie”

Free Street Theatre offers the 1979 big-screen debut of Kermit and company.

Aug. 13: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Ang Lee’s gravity-defying 2000 martial arts thriller, set in 19th century China, is brought to us by the nimble Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Aug. 20: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

Victory Gardens Theatre, which presents Nia Vardalos’ play “Tiny Beautiful Things” this fall, revives her breakout film from 2002.


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