Monday, March 4, 2024

Batman 1989 35th Anniversary Concert With 50-piece orchestra One night only Saturday, April 13, 2024

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'Batman 1989' Live in concert 

with 50-piece orchestra at the Auditorium Theatre Apr. 13th for film's 35th Anniversary

What’s Batman’s favorite instrument? The Bat Cymbol! 


continues with Batman 1989 35th Anniversary concert

 One night only Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM

At the Auditorium Theatre 

See the classic film as the Chicago Philharmonic performs the iconic score live on stage

ChiIL Mama will be there... will you?! Can't wait to catch this. 

What? A melding of pop culture and high culture... Heck yeah. We're in! Come April 13th, we'll be ChiILin' at Chi, IL's gorgeous, iconic Auditorium Theatre for Batman 1989 – 35th Anniversary Concert! 

The Auditorium Theatre (Chicago’s landmark stage at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive) continues the inaugural season of its Auditorium Philms Concert Series, a new multi-media experience presenting iconic films brought to life with scores performed in concert by the Chicago Philharmonic, with a 35th Anniversary Celebration of the DC Superhero film Batman 1989 in concert. The movie will play on the big screen while a 50-person orchestra made up of members of the Chicago Philharmonic orchestra and conducted by James Olmstead perform the score live to the film. Audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite DC superhero. The one-night-only performance takes place at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Ida B Wells Dr, Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $69.00 and are available at

Directed by Tim Burton and starring Hollywood all-stars Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, the classic 1989 version of Batman re-positioned the DC comic book character as one of the most popular superheroes and laid the groundwork for the popularity of superhero films today.  Scored by long-time Burton collaborator and former lead singer of Oingo Boingo Danny Elfman, the soundtrack to Batman garnered a best Album GRAMMY nomination and a GRAMMY win for the main theme.   

“After a successful kickoff to the new Auditorium Philms Series with Blade Runner in concert this past month, we are looking forward to once again collaborating with the Chicago Philharmonic for Batman 1989,” said Auditorium Theatre CEO Rich Regan. “Batman is the first superhero film of the series. Fans of movies based on comics can also look forward to Marvel Studio’s Black Panther in concert this June.”

Added Chicago Philharmonic Executive Director Terell Johnson, “We are excited to once again work with the Auditorium Theatre to bring yet another iconic film to audiences in this unique way. At the Chicago Philharmonic, we believe in expanding the concept of what an orchestra concert can be, and we love to give fans and new viewers alike the opportunity to engage with these masterpiece movies in a new and musical way." 

The inaugural 2024 Auditorium Philms Concert Series continues with Marvel Studios’ Black Panther; the North American debut of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; and the pop holiday fan favorite, Love Actually. Subscription packages with discounted tickets are available for as few as two or up to five films. Find out more information about the series at


About The Chicago Philharmonic Society 

Founded by musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in 1979, The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of nearly 200 of the highest-level classical musicians in the Midwest. The orchestra, known as the Chicago Philharmonic, has been called one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras. The brilliance of Chicago Philharmonic’s structure is in its versatility - the organization curates the best ensemble for each concert from an exceptional pool of musicians, be it classical, jazz, pops, movie concerts, outreach programming, and everything else. Find out more about Chicago Philharmonic at

About The Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive at Roosevelt University in Chicago, is an Illinois not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to all of Chicago and beyond as The Theatre for the People. The organization also is committed to the continued restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark that originally opened in 1889. 

The Auditorium Theatre’s 2023-24 performance season features a dynamic mix of cultural events from ballet to rock and roll and everything in between. For more information on the Auditorium Theatre and a complete listing of events at the Auditorium Theatre, please visit

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