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Next screening, 12:00pm


directed by Sebastian Schipper in German starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau

This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. Victoria was shot in one single take. Two hours and eighteen minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot.

“Victoria rocked my world.” —Darren Aronofsky

<cite>The Sound of Music</cite>


Next screening, 1:00pm

The Sound of Music

directed by Robert Wise starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

This classic film, one of the most beloved of all time, is back at the Music Box for the whole family to sing along to. Maria (Julie Andrews) joins the von Trapp family as a governess in Austria, right before the Nazi occupation. She teaches the von Trapp children music, while also falling in love with the Captain von Trapp.

A story about love, music, joy, and fighting for what is right, The Sound of Music is a film for all ages.

<cite>The Wonders</cite>


Next screening, 3:00pm

The Wonders

directed by Alice Rohrwacher in Italian starring Alba Rohrwacher, Monica Bellucci

2014 Cannes Grand Prix Winner
Young Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher’s (Corpo Celeste) entrancing, richly textured drama centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside.

“Wise beyond its years.” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Heart of a Dog</cite>


Next screening, 5:30pm

Heart of a Dog

directed by Laurie Anderson in English

“Hello, little bonehead. I’ll love you forever.” So begins Heart of a Dog, creative pioneer Laurie Anderson’s wry, wondrous and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death and language.

“Haunting and celebratory...” —indieWIRE



Next screening, 9:45pm


directed by Rick Alverson in English starring Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera

2015 Sundance Film Festival – NEXT Section
A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter.

“A twisted, existential comedic masterwork.” —indieWIRE

<cite>NT Live: Hamlet</cite>


Next screening, Sun 29 Nov, 6:00pm

NT Live: Hamlet

directed by Lyndsey Turner in English starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

“One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I've ever seen, of anything, ever.” —Time Out London



Next screening, Mon 30 Nov, 5:15pm


directed by Cosima Spender in Italian starring Gigi Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni, Silvano Vigni, Andrea de Gortes

From the makers of Senna and Amy

“Rocky on horseback.” —New York Times

<cite>2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour</cite>


Next screening, Tue 1 Dec, 5:15pm

2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

directed by Don Hertzfeldt, Frankie Shaw, Atsuko Hirayanagi, Kitty Green, Paul Cabon, Paulina Skibinska in English

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 83-minute theatrical program of six short films that won awards at this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premiere showcase of short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers.

“An engagingly varied pack of high caliber shorts.” —The Hollywood Reporter

The Nutcracker


Next screening, Wed 2 Dec, 5:00pm

The Nutcracker

directed by Michael Beyer starring Liudmila Konovalova, Vladimir Shishov, Attila Bako, Martin Winter

Ballet in 2 acts (1892)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky(1840-1893)
Tchaikovsky’s winter wonderland is brought to life in this magical production from Wiener Staatsballett, filmed at the Vienna State Opera House in Dec 2012.

Special Announcements

Music Box Theatre has launched a Membership Program!

We are thrilled to announce that the Music Box Theatre has a newly created Membership program! That’s right! You can now be a Member of the Music Box Theatre! Becoming a Music Box Member is a great way to support all of the quality programming we offer throughout the year and receive exclusive discounts and benefits!

IDA Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar!

Now you can buy your tickets online!

The Music Box Theatre has developed a new ticketing solution and now tickets can be purchased for most screenings online! As always, you can visit our Showtimes page (by clicking above) and see any upcoming screenings we have scheduled. Generally, the full showtime schedule is published on Wednesdays for the following Friday through Thursday. A partial schedule may be available further in advance for special events.

Meals & Deals


Fandor is where the film community comes together, where filmmakers and enthusiasts are advancing film culture, and where audiences are connecting with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially curated to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half its revenue to them. For more information, visit

Get 40% off your Fandor Membership!

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

Bring in your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for a free appetizer for your table!

DaBlon Vineyards & Toast Hotel Group

Wine country is closer than you think. Check this special offer to spend the night in one of SW Michigan’s finest hotels and enjoy complimentary tastings of Dablon, Music Box and Moraine wines.

THE GRAPE ESCAPE from $159 per night
Wine tasting at Dablon Vineyards
Wine trail provisions
Joe Coffee Market breakfast bucks ($20 value)
S’mores at our waterfront fire pit
Blankets and chairs available for your trip to the winery, orchard or beach


More Partners

Music Box Memberships

For two decades the Music Box Theatre has been Chicago’s premiere venue for independent, foreign, cult and classic films. Built in 1929, the Music Box has the largest theatre space operated full-time in Chicago. Joining the Music Box is a great way to support the historic theatre and receive exclusive discounts and benefits.

Block Cinema

Block Cinema screens classic and contemporary films and is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, the North Shore and Chicago with a quality venue for cinema. Block Cinema is sponsored in part by a generous gift from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati.

Southport & Irving

4000 - 4006 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60613 773-857-2890

Southport & Irving is a nostalgic neighborhood establishment offering fine food and drink. Celebrating regional Midwestern flavors, our menu is rooted in American classics and comfort, driven by seasonal produce and local fare. Always welcoming to large parties, Southport & Irving offers table style dining options for dinner, brunch, and private events.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education.

2015 Chicago International Film Festival

As the longest running international competitive film festival in North America, we proudly celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2014. Now in our 51st year, we continue to celebrate our past, present and future.

Film is a transformative medium, giving expression to different ways of thinking while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Presenting more than 150 narrative feature, documentary and short films from over 50 countries, the 51st Chicago International Film Festival – held October 15-29, 2015 – will bring the world to Chicago.

Music Box Films

A highly acclaimed distributor of foreign and independent film in theatrical, DVD and television markets in the United States.

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand.

South Shore Opera Company

The South Shore Opera Company, founded in 2008, is one of Chicago’s best local opera companies unrivaled in its artistic performances. The company formed in partnership with founder Dr. Marvin Lynn and the Advisory Council of the South Shore Cultural Center as an arts anchor partner with the Center and the Chicago Park District. Thanks to that partnership, the company is now Arts Partner in Residence the South Shore Cultural Center, one of Chicago’s landmarks. In its infancy of five years, the company has achieved unequaled success in attendance, with over 1000 at our inaugural concert in 2009, and averaging more than 500 since that time.

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State Street 312.846.2800

For almost 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema.

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

A simple Argentine storefront tucked away at the north end of the hot Southport strip.

Films of the Future

We review films before we see them.

Films of the Future is a weekly podcast recorded in Chicago, Illinois. It’s recorded in the present but you’re probably listening to it in the future so by then it will be the past. Even then, the movie may not have been released yet so there’s definitely some weird time stuff going on.

Films of the Future is hosted by Kendall Bruns and Alan Metoskie.

University of Chicago

Renowned French film director and visual artist Agnès Varda will spend Oct 8–15 in residence at the University of Chicago as part of a major weeklong celebration of her work.

Mosaic School

Chicago Mosaic School gives artists, teachers, and enthusiasts a place to explore all facets of mosaics- from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction.

Dablon Vineyards

Believing that exceptional wine comes from exceptional grapes and their unique terroir, our grapes are hand-nurtured from the time they are planted, until the grapes are harvested. Our people are committed to creating quality products. Our wines are produced in our hillside facility and stored in an underground cellar.



Custom Eyes has been serving the north side of Chicago since we opened on Southport in 2003. Our goal has always been to provide the highest level of service from the moment you walk through the door.

LM Restaurant Group

703 309 1856

Founded in 2009 by Nicole and Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, LM Restaurant Group is the unifying force behind Bistronomic, Brasserie by LM, Cafe Creme, Troquet River North and LM Catering. What started as a single concept, named after the couple’s two children, Luc and Mary, LM Restaurant Group is now synonymous with authentic French cuisine in Chicago. Each unique concept aims to provide a true French dining experience while showcasing a range of French fare in an approachable way. Additionally, all restaurants offer an array of private dining options guaranteed to make any gathering a success.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

Affordable, college-level training with accomplished industry and independent filmmakers.

Special Events

The Nutcracker


Wed 2 Dec

The Nutcracker

directed by Michael Beyer starring Liudmila Konovalova, Vladimir Shishov, Attila Bako, Martin Winter

Ballet in 2 acts (1892)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky(1840-1893)
Tchaikovsky’s winter wonderland is brought to life in this magical production from Wiener Staatsballett, filmed at the Vienna State Opera House in Dec 2012.

The Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals


Thu 3 Dec

The Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals

One Night Only!

Once upon a time, business and Broadway had a baby… the surreal, astounding “industrial musical.”

The Disaster Artist Live! An Evening Inside The Room with Greg Sestero


Fri 4 Dec

The Disaster Artist Live! An Evening Inside The Room with Greg Sestero [35mm]

directed by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero

Greg Sestero, co-star of the modern cult film sensation The Room, returns to Music Box Theatre for a hilarious multimedia event that includes a rare behind the scenes documentary, book reading and participate in a live script reading with audience members! Greg will also participate in a Q&A and book signing.

“Must be seen to be disbelieved.” —The Chicagoist

CIMMfest Holiday Fundraiser with Sones de Mexico Live Score Performance

Sat 5 Dec

CIMMfest Holiday Fundraiser with Sones de Mexico Live Score Performance

CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival presents Sergie Eisenstein’s classic silent film ¡Que Viva Mexico! scored live by Chicago’s own Sones de Mexico.

Magic Flute


Mon 7 Dec

Magic Flute

directed by David Pountney in German starring Alfred Reiter, Ana Durlovski

Presented at Bregenz Festival
Recorded July 2013

2015 Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature
Fri 11  – Fri 25 Dec

2015 Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature

Come celebrate the holidays with the Music Box! One of the most popular and beloved Christmas traditions in Chicago is celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year, and we have more holiday spirit than ever!



Mon 14 Dec


directed by Peter Stein in Italian starring Kristin Lewis, Carlo Colombara, Anita Rachvelishvili,

From Teatro Alla Scala di Milano
Recorded in February 2015

Music Box’s Alternative Christmas Double Feature 2015


Tue 15 Dec – Mon 16 Nov

Music Box’s Alternative Christmas Double Feature 2015

For 32 years, the Music Box has celebrated the holidays with Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby. However, if those guys aren’t your cup of eggnog, the Music Box’s Alternative Christmas Double Feature lets you spend the holidays with The Griswolds & every working English actor from the early 2000s.

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!


Tue 23 Feb

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Upcoming Events:
The Big Year – Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm


Music Box Theatre has launched a Membership Program!

by Buck LePard, Tue 29 Sep 2015, 2:08pm

We are thrilled to announce that the Music Box Theatre has a newly created Membership program! That’s right! You can now be a Member of the Music Box Theatre! Becoming a Music Box Member is a great way to support all of the quality programming we offer throughout the year and receive exclusive discounts and benefits!


Up Next

<cite>The Forbidden Room</cite>

opens Fri 4 Dec

The Forbidden Room

directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson in English starring Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin

A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.

“A wild, demented cinephiliac feast.” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Uncle Nick</cite>

opens Fri 4 Dec

Uncle Nick

directed by Chris Kasick in English starring Brian Posehn, Paget Brewster, Missi Pyle, Scott Adsit

Presented by Errol Morris, Uncle Nick is a raucously funny comedy of inappropriate behavior, uncomfortably interrupted trysts, and a monumental overserving of ten-cent beers.



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