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

    Christmas double feature at the Music Box, a 28-year Chicago tradition!

    The great snowstorm of February 20111

    The great snowstorm of February 2011

    Michael Rooker

    Michael Rooker at the Music Box Theatre on opening night of Super 4/8/11.

    filming the vow

    Filming in October 2010 of The Vow starring Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum

    mick garris

    A bounty hunter showed up at the Sci-Fi Spectacular to help Mick Garris!

    clive barker

    Clive Barker at the Music Box Massacre 4

    vidal sasoon

    Opening night, March 18th, 2011, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie with Vidal Sassoon.

    Jane Powell

    Jane Powell and host Robert Osborne at TCM presents Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Eva Marie Saint, strolls up the aisle of the Music Box Theatre

    Eva Marie Saint for a special screening of North by Northwest.

    Robert Osborne Robert Osborne for North by Northwest presented by TCM.
    Jim Kohlberg

    Director Jim Kohlberg discussing his film after the screening of The Music Never Stopped during Sundance USA 2011

    hilip Seymour Hoffman

    Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, Sundance USA

    Greg and tommy

    Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero at the Music Box Theatre for a screening of The Room

    AW and Scott

    Alex Winter (Bill and Ted, Death Wish 3, Freaked, The Lost Boys) is interviewed by Scott Tobias of the Onion AV Club

    Fraley Granger 2

    Farley Granger visits the Music Box.

    Patty Duke

    Patty Duke with The Valley of the Dolls

    Big Fan

    Capone, Patton Oswalt and Robert D. Siegel at Big Fan

    Where the Wild Things Are premiere

    Spike Jonze, Max Records, Catherine Keener, Dave Eggers with Where the Wild Things Are

    John Turturro

    John Turturro and the Chicago premiere of Romance & Cigarettes

    Harry Belafonte at Noir City: Chicago

    Harry Belafonte at Noir City: Chicago

    Harold Ramis

    Harold Ramis and the Music Box staff

    David Lynch

    David Lynch presents Inland Empire

    Vince Vaughn

    Vince Vaughn at the premiere of The Break-Up

    Jennifer Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of The Break-Up

    Contact Us

    Email addresses, phone numbers and our mailing address.


    Ticket Information

    General admission is $11. Prices vary for Special Events. There are a number of ways to save, such as becoming a Music Box Theatre Member, the First Show of the Day Discount, or the Monday Special!


    Parking Information

    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.


    Theatre Location

    Get driving directions from Lake Shore Drive and I-90/94, and train and bus routes.


    Theatre Photos

    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.


    Theatre Videos

    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.


    Theatre History

    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.


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