John Cusack set to host ‘High Fidelity’ screening, talk at Auditorium Theatre

The screening on Nov. 1 will be followed by a conversation with the actor about the making of the film.

In this AP file photo, John Cusack stands outside Wrigley Field in Game Three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Oct. 28, 2016. The Evanston-born-and-raised actor returns to Chicago in November to host a screening of “High Fidelity.”

In this AP file photo, John Cusack stands outside Wrigley Field during Game Three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Oct. 28, 2016. The Evanston-born-and-raised actor returns to Chicago in November to host a screening of “High Fidelity.”

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Evanston’s John Cusack will be heading to Chicago this fall to host a screening of his cult classic romantic comedy “High Fidelity” at the Auditorium Theatre, it was announced Monday.

The screening at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 will be followed by a conversation with the 56-year-old actor about the making of the film and his career, along with a Q&A session.

A ticket presale kicks off at 10 a.m. June 14 at ticketmaster.com; general onsale starts at 10 a.m. June 16.

Cusack hosted a similar event in 2018 at the Chicago Theatre. In an interview with the Sun-Times at that time, Cusack revealed how he “really loved being able to create that record store in Wicker Park on Honore Street and shooting in all the great Chicago locations, like the Green Mill, Double Door and Rainbo Club.”

The 2000 film directed by Stephen Frears (with an adapted screenplay co-written by Cusack from the Nick Hornby best-selling novel) stars Cusack as Rob Gordon, a Chicago record store owner with a genius intellect on all things music dealing with the aftermath of a painful breakup with his girlfriend who then tries to figure out the reasons behind his previous breakups by seeking out his old loves. The film co-stars Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Lily Taylor, Lisa Bonet and Joan Cusack.

The film was made into a Broadway musical in 2006, and a 2020 TV series starring Zoë Kravitz as the owner of a Brooklyn record store.

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