Founded in 1975, Facets Cinemathque is one of the best venues in all of Chicago for independent films, both American and foreign. It houses two auditoriums, the main 125 seater for film and a tiny 35-seat one for video.
Facets Cinemathque is for serious film connoisseurs seeking screenings of more obscure and little-seen features presented nowhere else in Chicagoland. It also features director retrospectives, interviews, discussions and exclusive premieres.
Facets Cinemathque also hosts several film festivals each year, including the Chicago Children's Film Festival and the Chicago Latino Film Festival.
In addition, Facets Cinemathque is equally as celebrated for its huge Videotheque, in the lobby, a collection of close to 50,000 titles on video and DVD available for purchase or rental.
Recent renovations to the building, located not far from the campus of DePaul University, include a new, simple marquee and a new concession stand outside the main auditorium.