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Two Days, One Night! Leviathan! They Live!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 9:53am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Playing all this week, more screenings from critically acclaimed Oscar nominees! In Two Days, One Night, Marion Cotillard (Oscar nominated for her stunning performance) stars as a young working-class woman suffering from depression who, after being dismissed by upper management, has only one weekend to convince her coworkers let her keep her job.

Also playing, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-nominee Leviathan. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor.

The charming animated adventure Song of the Sea will now open on Friday, February 20th, instead of this Friday as originally scheduled. Sorry for the delay, but trust us, this film is worth the wait!

At midnight this weekend, Rowdy Roddy Piper stars as the only man who can see what’s REALLY going on, in John Carpenter’s They Live (Featuring one of the longest fight scenes in movie history!). Also playing is the audaciously kinky meta-comedic thriller R100.

Our Frank Capra matinee series continues this weekend with 11:30am Saturday & Sunday screenings of Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. Gary Cooper stars as a simple small town man thrust into the big city limelight after suddenly inheriting a fortune. Co-starring Jean Arthur as perhaps the aptly named hotshot reporter Babe Bennett! New Restoration!

See you at the movies

Two Days, One Night! Leviathan! Blade Runner: The Final Cut!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 10:26am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Playing all this week: Two Days, One Night. In the new film from The Dardenne Brothers, Marion Cotillard (Oscar nominated for her stunning performance) stars as a young working-class woman who, after being dismissed by upper management, has only one weekend to convince her coworkers let her keep her job. This critically acclaimed drama is rated 95% Fresh on RottenTomatoes!

Also playing, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-nominee Leviathan. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor.

Friday & Saturday at Midnight, Harrison Ford stars in Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the definitive version of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi actioner. Presented in a stunning 35mm print! Also playing at midnight, the audaciously kinky meta-comedic thriller R100.

Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, our Frank Capra matinee series continues with a new restoration of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Nominated for 11 Oscars, the film stars Jimmy Stewart in one of his best performances and features a murder’s row of cinema’s finest character actors.

And opening next Friday, check out the charming adventure Song of the Sea, Academy Award-nominee for Best Animated Feature.

See you at the movies

Two Days, One Night! Leviathan! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 10:48am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The 2015 Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the Music Box is thrilled to be screening some well-deserved nominees!

Marion Cotillard is a Best Actress nominee for her powerful turn in Two Days, One Night. In the new film from The Dardenne Brothers, Cotillard stars as a young working-class woman who, after being dismissed by upper management, has only one weekend to convince her coworkers let her keep her job. On Monday at 7pm, the Music Box hosts a special screening featuring a discussion with Allen Doederlein, president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Also playing, Best Foreign Language Film-nominee Leviathan. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor. The Chicago Tribune calls it, “Stunning.”

If the Oscars aren’t your cup of tea, check out our midnight films this weekend, including Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room, the ultimate cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (With live shadowcast!), and the sci-fi action adventure flick Predestination, starring Oscar-nominee Ethan Hawke!

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Cake, featuring a stunning Golden Globe & SAG nominated turn from Jennifer Aniston. The screening will be followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Aniston, which can only be seen at the Music Box!

Finally, our Frank Capra weekend matinee series continues with the underrated The Bitter Tea of General Yen, starring Barbara Stanwyck.

See you at the movies

Leviathan! Predestination! Ferngully: The Last Rainforest!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 8th, 2015, 11:11am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, Golden Globe-nominee Leviathan (Best Foreign Language Film). Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor. The New York Times calls it, “A grave and beautiful drama, at once intimate and enormous.”

In Predestination, the time travel adventure from The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers), Ethan Hawke stars as a time-traveling Temporal Agent on his final assignment: stop the one criminal that has eluded him and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. Twitchfilm calls it, “An exploration of time travel that feels altogether refreshing.”

This weekend, Second Saturday Silent Cinema present Synthetic Sin, a zany comedy about a struggling actress in the big city! Thought to be lost for years, the film was recently rediscovered in Italy and expertly restored. This is the first Chicago screening in over 80 years! As always, the screening will be accompanied by live music from the famous Music Box organ!

On Sunday at noon, The Field Museum comes to the Music Box for Cinema Science presents Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. This one-time-only screening of the animated adventure also features an educational and entertaining discussion from MacArthur Senior Conservation Ecologist Corine Vrisendorp, PhD.

We also have daily screenings of the terrifying The Babadook, and weekend midnight screenings of the controversial and groundbreaking Cannibal Holocaust.

See you at the movies

Winter Sleep! The Way He Looks! The Babadook!

Newsletter, Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:27am

Happy New Year, Music Boxers

Tonight, you are cordially invited to ring in 2015 in style, at New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge! We have a Spectacular Spectacular evening of entertainment planned, including live music, party favors, and of course a screening of the bombastic musical Moulin Rouge, with audience interaction! Limited tickets still available!

Our Stanley Kubrick series is wrapping up soon, but before it does, the next few days brings us screenings of Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, plus weekend midnight screenings of The Shining.

Opening on Jan 2nd is Winter Sleep, Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival! The new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) is an immersive, meditative drama about a small-town innkeeper whose cultural pretensions are fatefully undermined over the course of an eventful winter. Named it one of the Top 3 Films of 2014 by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune!

Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, the coming of age tale, The Way He Looks is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel. Opens Friday!

Also opening Friday is Pelican Dreams. Documentarian Judy Irving follows a wayward California pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a rehab facility and explores nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “affectionate and humorous”.

We also have another week of screenings of The Babadook, the critically-acclaimed horror film from Jennifer Kent. See the film everyone is talking about!

Finally, tomorrow is your last chance to catch the Golden Globe-nominated Force Majeure and the biting comedy Zero Motivation!

See you at the movies

Stanley Kubrick Series! Zero Motivation! New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge!

Newsletter, Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 7:39pm

Happy Holidays Music Boxers,

The year may be almost over, and we’ve filled the rest of 2014 with great screenings and one-of-a-kind special events! Check out how we’re bidding adieu to another great year at the Music Box!

December 25th kicks off A Very Kubrick Christmas, our salute to one of the true masters of cinema, Stanley Kubrick! From 2001: A Space Odyssey to A Clockwork Orange to Spartacus to Dr. Strangelove, we’re playing nearly every film from the visionary director. Tickets are $10, or get a Series Pass for only $50. The series starts on Christmas Day with Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining!

You have a few more chances to catch The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Tickets are still available for today’s 9:40pm White Christmas and the Christmas Eve double feature. Make sure you arrive in time to sing-a-long with Santa!

On New Year’s Eve, say hello to 2015 in style, at New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge! Dress to the nines and enjoy the last few hours of 2014 with the spectacular film Moulin Rouge, passed appetizers, live entertainment, audience interaction, party favors, and cash bar. After the film, ring in 2015 with a champagne toast, dessert, and more entertainment!

Opening this Friday, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. The Dissolve hails first-time writer-director Talya Lavie as, “An immensely promising new talent.”

Also showing this week is the critically acclaimed horror The Babadook, rated 98% Fresh on RottenTomatoes (Special late night screenings all week!), and the dark Swedish comedy Force Majeure, which was recently shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy Awards.

Our Frank Capra matinee series kicks off this weekend with the romantic roadtrip comedy It Happened One Night, winner of the Best Picture Academy Award (And a slew of others!) On Friday & Saturday at midnight, catch Polyester, John Waters’ hilariously trashy tale of suburban misadventure.

See you at the movies!

It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! The Babadook! A Very Kubrick Christmas!

Newsletter, Thursday, December 18th, 2014, 12:29am

Happy Holidays Music Boxers,

Our 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show continues this week, right up through Christmas Eve! We have more shows of the timeless classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, with a preshow Sing-A-Long with Santa Claus. Come on out today for White Christmas at 3:20pm & 9:40pm, and It’s A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm!

In The Babadook, a single mother battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. One of the most terrifying films in years, The Babadook is currently rated 98% on RottenTomatoes. The Chicago Tribune gives Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut 3 1/2 Stars, calling it “One of the strongest feature film debuts in a long time, in any genre”.

On Monday the 22nd, we’re presenting an encore of our Alternative Christmas Double Feature, with Die Hard at 6:15pm and Home Alone at 8:30pm! One ticket gets you into TWO great films, about two brave men (Ok, one man and one boy) defending Christmas from the forces of evil!

Starting on Christmas, join us for A Very Kubrick Christmas! We’re screening the iconic films of director Stanley Kubrick, all from 35mm prints! From the subversive A Clockwork Orange to the terrifying The Shining to the madcap Dr. Strangelove, and much much more! The series kicks off on Christmas Day with Kubrick’s final masterpiece, Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise!

We also have additional showings of Force Majeure, the darkly comic examination of masculinity. A critical favorite, the past few days have seen the film win “Best Foreign Language Film” from the Chicago Film Critics Association, land on The Dissolve list of The Best Films of 2014, and be nominated by the Golden Globes for “Best Foreign-Language Film”!

See you at the movies!

The Music Box Christmas Show! It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! Point and Shoot!

Newsletter, Thursday, December 11th, 2014, 11:13am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

It’s finally here! Starting Friday, celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Join us for the beloved classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, not to mention our preshow Sing-A-Long with Santa! So gather up your loved ones and come on down to the Music Box! Tickets still available.

If Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby aren’t for you, don’t worry! Check out our Alternative Christmas Double Feature, with Home Alone and Die Hard, on December 17th & 22nd! Yippee ki yay, you filthy animal!

Opening this week, Point and Shoot, Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry’s exciting and harrowing documentary of one man’s three year trek through North Africa and the Middle East. The Hollywood Reporter calls it, “Riveting… suspenseful… an extraordinary and quietly disturbing film.”

On Dec 15th & 16th, Park City comes to the Music Box, with the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour. Catch the best Live Action and Animated short films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, from the most promising new filmmakers.

Also playing this week is the wickedly funny Force Majeure (Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes!), and the beautiful documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice.

On Dec 17th at 4:30pm, we’re proud to present an encore presentation of National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck’s classic comes to life in the Tony-nominated production, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.

See you at the movies

Antarctica! Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 10:50am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, The Huffington Post calls this unique documentary, “Astonishing! Breathtaking! A deeply moving experience”.

If you missed out on last weekend’s Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, don’t worry. For the first time ever, we’re offering encore presentations, this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am! Grab the family, dress as your favorite Von Trapp child, and get ready to sing-a-long with one of the most beloved movies of all time!

We also have another week of Force Majeure, the darkly comic and precisely observed psychodrama about a family that must deal with the aftermath of a near-disaster. A critical favorite at Cannes, the Chicago Tribune gives Force Majeure 4 Stars!

This Friday at midnight, check out Tommy Wiseau’s (unintentionally) hilarious disasterpiece The Room. On Saturday at midnight, if The Sound of Music isn’t your thing, catch the fantastical cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadowcast by Midnight Madness. Also this weekend at midnight, for the truly adventurous, we’re hosting a Secret Screening. Take a chance and find out what weirdness we’ve uncovered in the Music Box film vault.

Celebrate the holidays with the homegrown film Scrooge & Marley, a heartfelt, modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Saturday and Sunday at Noon!

Finally, we’re a week away from The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Get in the holiday spirit with It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, plus our sing-a-long with Santa Claus himself! Don’t miss out on this Chicago Christmas tradition, get your tickets now.

See you at the movies

Holiday Special Events at the Music Box Theatre!

Newsletter, Sunday, November 30th, 2014, 1:04pm

Happy December Music Boxers!

We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! While we’d love to slip into a food coma, we have dozens of Special Event screenings on the way, perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit!

This Wednesday at 7:30pm, beat the winter doldrums with a little taste of summer, with Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s original blockbuster! Presented by The Field Museum as part of the Cinema Science series, this screening includes an educational and entertaining discussion of the real-life science behind this iconic film.

On Thursday at 5:30pm & 8pm, Will Ferrell stars in Elf, the most hilarious and heartfelt Christmas film of the 21st century. Presented by The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, make sure you show up in your holiday finest and get your picture taken with Buddy The Elf! Tickets on sale now.

We’re less than two weeks away from The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show, a Chicago Christmas tradition that gets bigger every year! Sing along with Santa Claus, then sit back and enjoy feel-good holiday classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Remember, seating is assigned for these shows, and tickets are going fast, so get your seats today!

If you weren’t able to make it to The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long this weekend, don’t worry! We have special encore screenings this Saturday & Sunday, with all the trimmings: Lyrics on-screen, Costume Contest, Interactive Prop Bags, and more! Join Maria and the Von Trapp family as you celebrate with all your “favorite things”! We’ll also have matinee screenings of Scrooge & Marley, a modern take on the Christmas classic, made in Chicago!

If Bing Crosby and Jimmy Stewart aren’t your holiday cup of tea, we’ve got something a bit more subversive up our sleeves. On December 18th, two men face impossible odds, with our Home Alone & Die Hard double feature!

Then we close out the year with A Very Kubrick Christmas. From Dec 25th-Jan 1st, we’re playing the best films from master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, from Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange and even Eyes Wide Shut on Christmas day.

See you at the movies

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! National Theatre Live! Elf!

Newsletter, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 12:24am

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means it’s time for one of our favorite Music Box traditions: Sing-A-Long Sound of Music! Sing along with Maria and the Von Trapp children as you watch the classic film with on-screen lyrics, and show off your sewing skills with our pre-show costume contest. So this weekend, bring the whole family to the Music Box and give thanks for all your “favorite things”. Tickets still available.

We also have another week of the wickedly funny psychodrama Force Majeure. While on a skiing vacation, a model Swedish family learns the hard way how they respond to disaster, and the aftermath threatens to tear the family apart. Nominated for Best International Film by the Independent Spirit Awards!

National Theatre Live returns to the Music Box next week, with two spectacular productions. On Sunday & Monday, catch encore presentations of Danny Boyle’s electrifying Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. On Tuesday, James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in the Broadway production of Of Mice And Men, the Tony-nominated adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic.

On Wednesday, join us for Cinema Science, as the Field Museum presents Jaws. The screening will feature an entertaining and educational lecture on the science behind the film, and a screening of Steven Spielberg’s terrifying blockbuster.

On Thursday, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce presents Elf. Get your picture taken with Buddy The Elf and treat yourself to a holiday cocktail before we screen the hilarious new holiday classic starring Will Ferrell. Perfect for the kid in all of us!

This weekend, our midnight film is the hilarious John Hughes Thanksgiving comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy as two men just trying to get home. Our matinee is the nail-biting WWII drama Diplomacy.

And once you’re done with Thanksgiving festivities, don’t forget to make your plans for Christmas and get your tickets for The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Double Feature, with It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

See you at the movies, and happy Thanksgiving!

Chicago Italian Film Festival! Force Majeure! The Fifth Element!

Newsletter, Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 11:17am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The first Chicago Italian Film Festival comes to the Music Box this week, giving Chicagoans an opportunity to see the best the Italian film industry has to offer. The theme of the inaugural festival is Italian Comedy: Then & Now, with a lineup that includes classics like Divorce Italian Style and The Easy Life to contemporary films including the political farce Viva la libertà.

Also opening this week is Force Majeure, a critical favorite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. This wickedly funny psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family on a skiing vacation, when disaster strikes, in more ways than one. The Chicago Tribune gives it 4 Stars, calling it “One of the highlights of 2014”.

We’re also a week away from Sing-A-Long Sound of Music! This annual event is fun for the whole family, complete with costume contest and interactive fun packs. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with the Von Trapp family and the Music Box! Tickets on sale now.

Our Midnight films this weekend include Bruce Willis and a never-better Gary Oldman in the sci-fi actioner The Fifth Element and Peter Cushing in the trippy 1970s Shock Waves.

Our Marlene Dietrich/Josef Von Sternberg matinee series wraps up this weekend with The Devil Is A Woman, starring Dietrich as a beautiful seductress whose fickle ways drive rival suitors to extremes. We also have additional screenings of the taut WWII thriller Diplomacy.

Finally, tickets for the 2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show are going fast! Don’t miss your chance to catch Christmas classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas on the big screen, complete with a sing-a-long with the one and only Santa Claus! Advance tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Diplomacy! The Invisible Front! The Better Angels!

Newsletter, Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 10:56am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Three great films open on tomorrow! From the director of The Tin Drum comes Diplomacy, a stirring drama about the battle for Paris during WWII, which turns into tension-filled game of cat and mouse between French and German soldiers. Variety calls it “Passionate, engaging and emotional”.

The documentary The Invisible Front relays one of the 20 century’s most significant anti-Soviet resistance movements, told through the words and experiences of one of its leaders, Juozas Luksa and his fellow Forest Brothers. Directors Jonas Ohman & Vincas Sruoginis and producer Mark Johnston join us for special opening weekend screenings, featuring an audience Q&A.

The Better Angels tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality. Produced by Terrence Malick, this intimate drama stars Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and Brit Marling.

Special events all next week! On Tuesday, watch what happens when comedians have to perform without an audience in the live comedy show Seven Minutes in Purgatory. On Wednesday, the untraditional rock documentary Pulp: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets goes behind the curtain of the electrifying band. On Thursday, catch an advance screening of the outrageous new comedy All Relative.

Our Marlene Dietrich matinee series continues with the story of Catherine The Great in The Scarlet Empress. We have late night weekend screenings of Jason Schwartzman in the caustic indie Listen Up Philip.

Our midnights this weekend include the Coen Bros’ madcap crime caper The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges in his most iconic role as ‘The Dude’, and the 1980s martial arts madness of Raw Force.

And don’t forget to get your tickets to our famous holiday shows, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and the 2014 Music Box Christmas Double Feature of It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

See you at the movies

Watchers of the Sky! The Great Invisible! Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Newsletter, Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 7:14pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The engrossing documentary Watchers of the Sky, the newest release from Music Box Films, sets out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Select opening weekend screenings will feature an audience Q&A with Executive Producer Elizabeth Bohart. Variety calls it, “An impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance”.

In The Great Invisible, filmmaker Margaret Brown examines the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at SXSW, Entertainment Weekly calls this powerful documentary, “A sobering look at a part of coastal America that will never be the same again”.

Academy Award winner Julette Binoche stars in 1,000 Times Good Night as one of world’s top war photojournalists, capturing chilling images in the most dire landscapes in an effort to shed light on the real cost of war. Costarring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), the Washington Post says, “[The film] has moments of both startling violence and breathtaking beauty”.

Sunday at Noon, The Field Museum comes to the Music Box for Indiana Jones’ iconic first big screen outing, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the Field Museum’s Bill Parkinson, Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology. We’ll also have special late night screenings of Raiders all week long!

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns with Piccadilly, the breakthrough film for Anna Mae Wong. As always, this silent classic will feature live musical accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ!

On Monday, Sound Opinions at the Movies presents Pink Floyd The Wall, the 1982 live-action/animated film based on the classic double album. The screening will be hosted by Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ.

Our midnights include Jim Carrey in the original and still hilarious Dumb & Dumber and Elijah Wood in psychological thriller Open Windows.

We also have weekend screenings of Jason Schwartzman in the biting Listen Up Philip and the toe-tapping jazz documentary Keep On Keepin’ On’.

Finally, tickets are going fast for our two holiday traditions, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and the Music Box Annual Christmas Show, featuring It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas! Don’t be left out in the cold, get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Harmontown! Rocky Horror Picture Show! Hiroshima Mon Amour!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 10:30am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This weekend, Dan Harmon, creator of the beloved show Community, comes to the Music Box for his new film Harmontown! This documentary follows Dan Harmon as he hits the road, bringing his popular Harmontown podcast to fans across the country. Dan and director Neil Berkeley will be on hand for a special audience Q&A after the 2:30pm Saturday screening. The 7:30pm screening is already sold out(!), so get your tickets now!

Opening this week is a 4K restoration of Alain Resnais’s French New Wave classic, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay, the film tells the story of a forbidden love between a French film actress and a Japanese architect near the end of World War II.

Celebrate Halloween the best way we know how, by coming to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! This Music Box tradition includes the cult musical and Midnight Madness shadowcast, prop bags, and more! Tickets will sell out, get yours now!

If doing the Time Warp isn’t your thing, we’re also screening John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original slasher film that launched the murderous Michael Myers into cinematic infamy.

We also have another week of screenings of the hit indie Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss, and a Sunday afternoon screening of the music documentary Keep On Keepin’ On.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents a screening of the new film Elsa and Fred, which will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with star Shirley MacLaine. On Thursday, join us for the second week of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.

Finally, tickets for the 2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show go on sale online Friday, Oct 31st at Noon! We’re having more screenings than ever before of holiday classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, and each screening will be preceded by a Sing-A-Long with Santa! Tickets will be available at the box office and via phone orders starting Monday, Nov 3rd.

See you at the movies

Christmas Show schedule 2014!

At the Movies by Dave Jennings Monday, October 27th, 2014, 12:16pm

Ticket information is now available for the 2014 Christmas Double Feature! Tickets go on sale on October 31st!

Listen Up Philip with Jason Schwartzman! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 10:15am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Jason Schwartzman visits the Music Box on Friday to kick off opening weekend of the acclaimed new film Listen Up Philip, starring Schwartzman as a frustrated author awaiting the publication of his second novel! Co-presented by the AV Club, Schwartzman will host screenings Friday at 6pm & 8:30pm, each followed by a Q&A. The showings are almost sold out, so buy your tickets now!

Starting Friday, celebrate Halloween with The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The Music Box is the ONLY place you can catch this cult classic on the big screen, complete with prop bags and a live shadowcast performance by the always entertaining Midnight Madness. This year, we’ve stretched the campy fun to 5 screenings, more than ever before! Put on your best pair of fishnets and purchase advance tickets now, these screenings will sell out!

We also have another week of screenings the inspiring musical documentary Keep On Keepin’ On and the intense The Green Prince, and weekend midnight screenings of the original slasher flick Halloween.

On Saturday and Sunday morning, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival visits the Music Box! Check out their full schedule now.

On Thursday, Oct 30th, we’re proud to host screenings with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, he largest showcase of internationally award-winning Israeli features, docs, shorts and series in the Midwest. Check out their full schedule and purchase tickets now.

See you at the movies

Do the Time Warp again with The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box Theatre!

Newsletter, Friday, October 17th, 2014, 10:41am

Hey RHPS fans,

It’s Halloween, which means THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Music Box Theatre! A Halloween tradition for years, the Music Box is the only venue in Chicago to catch a screening of the definitive cult classic, complete with a live shadowcast performance, audience interaction, pre-show dance party, and more!

This year, the Music Box Theatre hosts five screenings over two weekends, more screenings than ever before to meet increasing audience demand.

As archetypal pair of squares Brad and Janet approach the castle of the fabulous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and meet his minions – including decrepit butler Riff Raff, patched-together golden boy Rocky, and rock-and-roller Eddie – a shadowcast of actors clothed in lingerie gyrate in front of the glorious Music Box screen. In the audience, a decades-long tradition of crowd participation carries on as guests are encouraged to participate in a group “Time Warp” dance, shine flashlights during the song “Over The Frankenstein Place”, and follow the exploits of Brad and Janet (Damn it!).

Each screening is presented with a live performance from the Midnight Madness shadowcast. The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) will be for sale at the screenings, and contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing, including a Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, and more!

Halloween shows typically sell out, purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged! CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

So throw on your best pair of fishnets and we’ll see you at the Music Box!

Keep On Keepin’ On! The Green Prince! Dead Snow 2!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 10:04am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday is Keep On Keepin’ On, the new musical documentary, currently rated 100% on RottenTomatoes! Select screenings this weekend feature a live musical performance from Justin Kauflin and a Q&A with Kauflin & director Al Hicks. Tickets on sale now!

Also opening Friday is The Green Prince, the newest release from Music Box Films. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. The Guardian calls the film “Terrific. As gripping as any high-concept Hollywood thriller”.

At midnight this weekend, you can catch bigger and bloodier zombie sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead and Michael Myers in the original slasher Halloween.

Our matinees this weekend include Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant in Blonde Venus, and the thrilling documentary Art and Craft.

On Tuesday, The New York FIlm Critics Series presents a sneak peek at 1,000 Times Good Night (Opening at the Music Box on Nov 7th), followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche.

Next Friday, actor Jason Schwartzman visits the Music Box for opening night of his acclaimed new film Listen Up Philip! Jason will be doing Q&As following two screenings, at 6pm and 8:30pm. Co-presented by the AV Club, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Tickets on sale now.

And finally, it’s almost Halloween, which means The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box! The Music Box is the only place in Chicago you can catch a screening of the musical cult classic with a live shadowcast performing in front of the screen, and we’re doing more screenings than ever before! Tickets will sell out, so get yours today!

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