About the Music Box Theatre
For the last two decades, the Music Box Theatre has been the premiere venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city.
The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.
Christmas double feature at the Music Box, a 28-year Chicago tradition!
The great snowstorm of February 2011
Michael Rooker at the Music Box Theatre on opening night of Super 4/8/11.
Filming in October 2010 of The Vow starring Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum
A bounty hunter showed up at the Sci-Fi Spectacular to help Mick Garris!
Clive Barker at the Music Box Massacre 4
Opening night, March 18th, 2011, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie with Vidal Sassoon.
Jane Powell and host Robert Osborne at TCM presents Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Eva Marie Saint for a special screening of North by Northwest.
Director Jim Kohlberg discussing his film after the screening of The Music Never Stopped during Sundance USA 2011
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, Sundance USA
Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero at the Music Box Theatre for a screening of The Room
Alex Winter (Bill and Ted, Death Wish 3, Freaked, The Lost Boys) is interviewed by Scott Tobias of the Onion AV Club
Farley Granger visits the Music Box.
Patty Duke with The Valley of the Dolls
Capone, Patton Oswalt and Robert D. Siegel at Big Fan
Spike Jonze, Max Records, Catherine Keener, Dave Eggers with Where the Wild Things Are
John Turturro and the Chicago premiere of Romance & Cigarettes
Harry Belafonte at Noir City: Chicago
Harold Ramis and the Music Box staff
David Lynch presents Inland Empire
Vince Vaughn at the premiere of The Break-Up
Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of The Break-Up
Email addresses, phone numbers and our mailing address.
General admission is $10. There are a number of ways to save, such as the First Show of the Day Discount, matinees, the Monday Special, and the Music Box Discount Card, which offers 5 admissions for only $35.00.
Southport is a metered parking street. Free street parking is available on and west of Ashland Ave (two blocks west of the theatre) and north of Irving Park. There is a parking lot at nearby Blaine Elementary and valet parking at the Mercury Theatre and Deleece Restaurant.
Get driving directions from Lake Shore Drive and I-90/94, and train and bus routes.
People love going to the movies at the Music Box, and that includes the people in the movies. We take their pictures. And also pictures of the building.
The longest, the mostest.
Since April 2009, over 1,250 different films have played at the Music Box!
Interviews and festival promos.
Each year the Music Box Theatre gives over $6,000 in ticket donations for auctions to benefit local non-profit organizations and schools. If you’re seeking a donation for your silent auction event, please contact us.
Opened 1929, the Music Box Theatre retains its original architecture and design. With a dark blue ceiling, “twinkling stars” and moving cloud formations suggesting a night sky, and walls and towers suggesting an Italian courtyard, patrons are made to feel as if they are watching a film in an open-air Tuscan palazzo.