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We host movie events at theaters all across Chicago and the surrounding areas. We'll go to almost every sort of movie theatre under the sun - classic single screen palaces; to funky neighborhood theatres; art-house theatres; state of the art megaplexes; and IMAX theaters. We have events for early morning matinees in the summer, Friday Opening Night shows, old-fashioned Saturday nights at the movies, midnight shows and retro/classic film screenings. We've even visit few drive-in theatres, too! We cover all genres of films, but do concentrate on the big block busters--since we are trying to attract a decent sized crowd for our outings.

Sometimes, we'll be offered free passes to movie screenings, but most of the time it's your job to pick up your ticket, food & beverage selections. We might entertain going to someone's HOME THEATER, and in that case it is at the sole-discretion of the Organizer and host as to who may attend. All other times, it is the decision of the Organizer and/or Asst Organizers if a member/guest will be permitted to join in our activities.

You are encouraged to inform the organizer of free/discounted passes, new venues, and particularly of upcoming movie launches or recent great films that you have viewed.

Unless otherwise specified, this group is intended for mature adults over the age of 21. There will be some viewings with the intention of having families attend; usually for a animated flick, on the weekend with the hopes of having divorced parents with visitation rights able to meet others in similar situations as well as those more traditional families.


Hi...Welcome to our Gang!

This group was formed so interesting people could find each other outside of their usual daily grind. We're a friendly bunch who like to mix things up and meet new people; both--like ourselves as well as people we can learn new things from.

We come from all walks of life...some grad students, some semi-retired, white collar and professionals, as well as those in the trades.

Our commonality is our zest for fun and adventure. Sometimes we misbehave a bit. (our fearless leader encourages it in fact)

We're smart, sassy, playful souls who need to cut loose and have some more fun in our lives.

We invite YOU to find fun frolics with us! (keep in mind, the best way to grow a great group is for members to make suggestions as to interesting venues, and to help us actively recruit and "collect" people you find why don't you join us, have some fun, and then tell other interesting people about us as well)

da RULES: (and other important stuff)


In regard to posting messages, READ THE MESSAGE 'POSTING RULES' Section; for posting activities pictures, please send them directly to me, your Organizer, I will then crop them, and arrange them where I think is appropriate in the photo albums. By applying for membership in this group you permit us to post pictures of you both in our event activities albums and Member Albums--as well as any newspaper, print or electronic media detailing our group, or for any marketing purposes as well.


Meetup charges organizers about $40 bucks per month to use their system to post the organized events on the website...We also have some administrative costs as well--business cards, signage for recruiting, prizes for when we play games, sometimes a cheese/cracker tray, sometimes a dessert cake, paper products, name tags, etc, and you chipping in a buck or so every every event will help keep things running along more smoothly. You can pay me your fee directly upon arrival/registration.

Some events may require a fee (ie, entrance cover charge, pre-fixe meal charge, etc) and we'll try to list all the costs on the EVENT page.

We'll be dining out, touring and visiting lots of interesting places (we hope) depending on which event group it could be viewing movies, taking a cruise or tour, etc. and you're responsible for you own admission/cover charges, tickets, food and bar tab! (we'll try to work it out in advance with the establishments to have separate guest checks, but not in all cases does this happen--in that case please do not leave the check tray depleted--having the last one to turn it in holding the bag so to speak. Don't forget to tip well, (remembering that typically it calls for between 18%-20% tip, including we will encourage good and prompt service. Best advice I can give is to be prepared to pay with CASH)


We REALLY appreciate it when people RSVP "yes" for events--it enables us to judge how the response is going, as well as give the venue we're going to a head count so they can figure on how many will attend and how to configure our seating at their establishment. You only need to rsvp "no" if you have a reason to cancel out a previous YES rsvp. You won't see a lot of "maybe" options--as you're either going to be there or not. So if you are the type who wants to wait and see if something better is going to come along, just go ahead and RSVP "No". If you sign-up as a "No', that's cool, we understand. It's perfectly ok to say "no" and then change your RSVP to "yes" if you find that you can attend.

If you sign up as a "yes" PLEASE FOLLOW THROUGH AND SHOW UP. If you don't, it really gets frustrating as an organizer and makes PLANNING extremely difficult. Additionally if at the onset you don't think you can attend and have listed "no", and then find out later that you're available, the site does have a feature that will let you come back and change your 'no' to a "YES"! :)

The WAIT POOL: there is now a feature which allows you to include your name on the wait pool listing. If an event has a specific maximum number of participants you can opt to try to be included should more free space become available--due to an increased group size, or from another member dropping out of their YES rsvp. The site should send out an email notice saying you are now on the YES rsvp list. Check back frequently to see if you have been moved to the YES list--as the "three strike policy" would apply to you if your rsvp gets moved and you do not end up attending after all.

We understand that things happen, which may prevent you from attending an event that you RSVP'd Yes to but we expect you to come back and change your rsvp on the site to accurately portray your intent for attending the event. There are times when you might not have access to the internet in time to make said changes, however if it happens more than 2 times we reserve the right to change your RSVP to a No for future events. If this behavior becomes habitual, we will expel you from the group--as your impolite behavior has likely cost another member from being able to attend, and annoyance to both the organizer of the event as well as the venue who have tried to make available the space, time and staff in order to facilitate your fun time out...

THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO RSVP. If you aren't sure how to, drop us a line--we're always happy to help.


While we expect that most of our activities will be fairly low physical stress events, have fun, but DON'T BE STUPID. Take a break while dancing if you haven't danced all night in years, etc. All events are at your own risk...this applies to your consumption of alcohol as well!



We'll add things that interest us and ANYONE can suggest an event. Post a message in the designated section on the message board, or email me directly...and if there's interest, we'll try to add it to the event list. We may not get to them right away but they are added to the event list and we continue to look for venues that match your suggestions.

The more people we have that ACTIVELY participate, the better our group will be.

That said, on to MARKETING!


We want YOU to help us grow this group! I would like this group to be an exceptionally fun group of people who get together and bring insight/backgrounds from all walks of life and varied interests.

Some of us are extroverts, some a bit more introverted...ENCOURAGE those people especially to come on down (if you find them interesting) -- as sometimes they need an extra little jolt to get them out of the house--as well as out of their comfort zone.

We have tear off recruiting flyers that you can help us distribute around to YOUR local grocery store bulletin boards (and any other free of charge notification boards) as well as business cards I've ordered to help us in our quest for world domination (er, um, I mean to recruit new and exciting people into our hold) Just remember to get the store managers initialed permission BEFORE you post the flyer--so as not to get people in the community ticked off at us.

Also if you can think of any free publications (etc) that a press release would be needed for, just give us a buzz, and we'll try to whip something up and get in contact with their editor. We have found that the best form of advertising is still word of mouth...So, invite anyone you think would be fun to spend an evening with to join up, and I suspect that we will grow a super fun group!


By participating in this group you hold your fearless leaders--Catt aka "Playful" as well as any assistant group organizers harmless from all legal suit. We are just a group of fun people trying to encourage others to find fun with us, and do not wish to be named in any kind of nonsense arising out of you or anyone else possibly acting the fool and having bad behavior due to imbibing, or for whatever other reason. While we do intend to kick out anyone's butt who might think of misbehaving, this is NOT our professional job to do so.

Also, if someone does you the courtesy of a rideshare or something like that, please offer to help them out by chipping in on the gas. AND NOTE: as mentioned before--WE HAVE NO INSURANCE AS A GROUP TO COVER ANY MISHAPS.

So, enter at your own risk, but have a BLAST WHILE DOING SO!

(remember to smile--it makes people wonder what you're up to)


Refrain from mailing the members of the group to solicit business; as well as harassing them at events. To sponsor an event or advertise on this site, please e-mail the organizer.

If you send us spam, your name will IMMEDIATELY be removed from the membership list. Again, please contact the organizer for advertisement and event sponsorship opportunities.

now that the formalities are over....LET'S GO HAVE SOME FUN!!!


Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Video Clips March 19, 2012 10:30 PM anonymous
Sponsors n Perks June 20, 2015 3:56 PM anonymous
EXCELLENT SHOPPING (click now) June 20, 2015 3:52 PM anonymous
Any Donation Helps June 30, 2015 10:19 AM anonymous
Why this Group was formed June 20, 2015 3:38 PM anonymous
RULES (things to know) June 20, 2015 3:26 PM anonymous
About Chicagoland Movie Talk -- Dinner and a Film June 20, 2015 3:37 PM anonymous

Chicago, IL

Founded Nov 1, 2007

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