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Entrance to Bohemian National Cemetery
Photograph: Wikimedia CommonsEntrance to Bohemian National Cemetery

A historic Northwest Side cemetery is screening a horror flick on Friday

Written by
Nicole Germany

Combine a creepy old cemetery and a downright freaky movie about a supernatural presence and you’ve got yourself a pretty witchy Friday night. Chicago’s historic Bohemian National Cemetery(5255 N Pulaski Road) is hosting its first free movie screening with the horror flick Sinister this Friday. The screening is being put on by Gramercy Pictures in anticipation of the hair-raising sequel, Sinister 2.

Gates for the event will open at 8pm and the screening will begin at 9pm. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and the public is welcome to bring their coziest blankets for a night among the dead. Adult beverages are not permitted at the screening, so you'll have to deal with a night of demented horror in a sober state. It's worth pre-gaming at a local Albany Park bar to numb your sense of fright.

The Bohemian National Cemetery dates back to 1877 and was established by members of Chicago's Czech community. The cemetery has a beautiful limestone gatehouse that slightly resembles an Eastern European castle. Interments at the cemetery include victims of the 1915 SS Eastland shipwreck, assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak and Elsie Paroubek, a 5-year-old kidnapping and murder victim.

Given the long history of the place, one should expect that the film screening will summon some ghosts. 

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