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<cite>The Unknown Known</cite>

The Unknown Known

directed by Errol Morris in English starring Donald Rumsfeld

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“Morris's movie is a cat-and-mouse game, and Rumsfeld is the cat, virtually licking his chops as he toys with, and then devours, another rival.” —Mary Corliss, TIME

<cite>Ernest and Celestine (English Language Version)</cite>

Ernest and Celestine (English Language Version)

directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner in English starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy

Nominated for Best Animated Feature

<cite>Jodorowsky’s Dune</cite>

Jodorowsky’s Dune

directed by Frank Pavich in English starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Special Announcements

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

Deleece Restaurant

3747 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 325-1710

Enjoy our mouthwatering new menu in our beautiful new surroundings. We look forward to seeing you at our new location just a few doors north of the Music Box Theatre.

Show your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for 10% off your meal!

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.

Buy a Cocktail and Appetizer for 50% off (Offer per person)


Bring in your Music Box ticket after the show for 20% off your bill of $20 or more


3425 N. Southport Avenue (773) 472-7800

Candyality carries thousands of bulk items and sweet treats including gummies, sours, taffy, and more. Need M&Ms in 21 colors? We have that! How about your favorite flavor of Jelly Bellys? We carry over 30 flavors! Licorice? We’ve created Chicago’s first licorice bar offering a selection from many corners of the world.

10% off with this coupon and your purchase of $5 or more

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!

Cullen’s Bar and Grill

3741 N. Southport Ave (773) 975-0600

Located on Southport just north of the Music Box Theater, we’ve been a part of Wrigleyville for over 15 years. Stop in for a pint and meet our friendly staff, check out our daily specials and enjoy our great food. There’s always something fun happening at Cullen’s and we look forward to serving you soon!

After your film present your ticket stub and receive a 15% discount off of your check! (After screening only)

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

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

More Partners

Broughton Hotels

Broughton Hotels manages 3 hotels in Chicago: City Suites Hotel, Majestic Hotel, and The Willows Hotel.

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

I have passion for, dedication to and expertise in Chicago and all that is real estate.

Lagunitas Beer

Lagunitas is coming to Chicago! Well, they are already here…. but soon their new brewery, taproom, and restaurant will be open in Pilsen. Until then, grab a beer on your way into a screening at the Music Box Theatre (assuming you are 21 and responsible enough to handle yourself during a screening)



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.

Chicago Reader Real Deal

Since 1971, the Reader has served as Chicago’s political conscience, cultural guide, and music authority. We have thousands of reviews in our film archives; you can check them out and see what’s streaming on Hulu & Netflix with our Old Movies to Watch Now feature.

The Second City Training Center

1608 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60657 312-664-3959. 

Chicago is the world capital of improvisation (improv) and sketch comedy, and The Second City is in the heart of it. For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. We offer a variety of classes in the performance arts for students at any level of experience.


Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

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.

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

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

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.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

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

Go Lakeview

The GoLakeview Mobile App is designed to actively promote local business and community events through an easy to navigate, feature rich App. The useful tool for travelers & local residents is available for download on Apple iTunes & Android Market. The App is brought to you by the Lakeview & Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce

Special Events

Watermark, with director Q&A
Fri 25 Apr

Watermark, with director Q&A

directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Special Opening Weekend Event

Sound of Silent Film Festival
Tue 29 Apr

Sound of Silent Film Festival

Access Contemporary Music’s (ACM) popular Sound of Silent Film Festival – now in its ninth year! – features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. This year’s festival features short dramas, comedies and experimental films from exciting young filmmakers around the world, all with new scores by our composer members.

The New York Film Critics Series
Wed 9 Apr - Wed 31 Dec

The New York Film Critics Series

The Music Box Theatre has partnered with The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), to present live, national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine, and ABC’s Popcorn along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show. The Series presents live, interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.

<cite>Found Footage Festival</cite>
Thu 1 May

Found Footage Festival [Blu-ray]

in English

Found Footage is back at the Music Box with an all new Volume 7 show. Doors at 9pm, showtime at 9:30.

Special screening of Blue Ruin with Director
Fri 2 May

Special screening of Blue Ruin with Director

directed by Jeremy Saulnier in English starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves

Director Q&A scheduled! Post party hosted by Fandor with drinks at Cullen’s Irish Pub!

“The most suspenseful American film of the year: sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular.” —Gabe Toro, indieWIRE

Dancing In Jaffa, hosted by Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland
Sat 3 May

Dancing In Jaffa, hosted by Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland

directed by Hilla Medalia in English starring Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Marceau, Alaa Bubali

The Chicago chapter of the program featured in the film, Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland (DCC), will be hosting a screening party Saturday May 3rd at 7:15pm.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the <cite>¡Three Amigos!</cite>
Mon 5 May

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the ¡Three Amigos!

directed by John Landis starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a story of overcoming adversity and fighting for freedom? Grab a $5 ticket and Lagunitas and enjoy Cinco De Mayo!

Thu 8  - Thu 15 May


David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Shep Gordon, David Dastmalchian, Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Dick Miller among those scheduled to attend.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema
Wed 1 Jan - Wed 31 Dec

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

NT Live 2014
Thu 20 Mar - Wed 31 Dec

NT Live 2014

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with By Experience and the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago.

<cite>The Room</cite> at Midnight
Fri 23 May

The Room at Midnight [35mm]

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

Enter The Room and be forever changed!

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


Questions Answered: Special Advance Screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel

by Dave Jennings, Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:54pm

We got inundated with emails, phone calls, and RSVP’s in the first 20 minutes of the event being live. We are still digging out of it right now. We know this stressed a lot of people out and not everyone got tickets to the event that wanted in. RSVP’s went quick. Here are the questions we have gotten and answers for you:


Up Next

opens Fri 25 Apr


directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Watermark tells the story of our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.

<cite>Child’s Pose</cite>
opens Fri 25 Apr

Child’s Pose

directed by Călin Peter Netzer in Romanian starring Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab

Winner – Best Film – Berlin International Film Festival

<cite>Le Week-End</cite>
opens Fri 25 Apr

Le Week-End

directed by Roger Michell starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum

Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.


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