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Watermark! Child’s Pose! New York Film Critics Series!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 9:40am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is the illuminating documentary Watermark. 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. We’ll be joined by Director Jennifer Baichwal for Q&As on Friday and Saturday at 7:20pm, who The Boston Globe calls “simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact”.

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. Rated 95% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, Child’s Pose is a spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism.

Next week, our schedule is packed with special events! On Tuesday, the Sound Of Silent Film Festival features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. On Wednesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents an advance screening of Locke, the critically acclaimed new film starring Tom Hardy. On Thursday, The Found Footage Festival returns to the Music Box with a new collection of VHS oddities from the world’s garage sales, thrift stores warehouses and dumpsters.

We also have weekend matinee screenings of Hitchcock’s Notorious with the incomparable screen couple Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman, midnights of John Waters’ Cry Baby with Johnny Depp and the post-apocalyptic Car Cemetery, and fittingly, weekend screenings of Le Week-End, the hit indie romance starring Jim Broadbent.

Just up the street from us at The Mercury Theater, take a trip to AVENUE Q THE MUSICAL, running Thursday April 24, 2014 to Sunday June 29, 2014. This hilarious modern musical focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although it is filled with uproarious adult humor, AVENUE Q reminds us of a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q may not be appropriate for young children. Parents should use discretion based on the maturity of their children.

Finally, the full lineup of the Chicago Critics Film Festival has been announced! Running May 9th-May 15th, the festival includes new films from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers, and scheduled appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Shep Gordon, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

See you at the movies

Grease Sing-Along! Willy Wonka! The Unknown Known!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 10:20am

Hey Music Boxers,

Still haven’t made plans for Easter weekend? Don’t worry, the Music Box has you covered, with screenings of two classic movie musicals!

On Saturday at 2pm, put on your best poodle skirt or leather jacket and come to our Grease Sing-A-Long. Sing along with hits like “Summer Nights” and “You’re The One That I Want”. This fun-filled screening includes a pre-show costume contest and interactive prop bag.

Then on Sunday at 2pm, it’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, tag along with Charlie as he visits the magical chocolate factory of the mysterious Willy Wonka. Also featuring a pre-show costume contest and goodie bag.

In The Unknown Known, Academy Award-winning documentarian delves into the career of former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, interviewing the elusive Rumsfeld for 33 hours. The Chicago Tribune calls it “The work of a masterly filmmaker comfortable in his own groove”.

On Wednesday, Sound Opinions presents Almost Famous! Join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a talk about Cameron Crowe’s love letter to musical discovery with a note-perfect soundtrack.

We also have daily screenings of the Oscar-nominated animated charmer Ernest & Celestine and the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a look inside one of the most tantalizing What-Ifs in film history.

Our weekend matinee will Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope. Our midnights include the definitive cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the female punk battle cry Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, and the chilling cat-and-mouse game 13 Sins.

See you at the movies!

Easter Musicals at the Music Box!

Newsletter, Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 10:49am

Hey Musical fans,

Still haven’t made plans for Easter weekend? Don’t worry, the Music Box has you covered, with screenings of two classic movie musicals!

On Saturday at 2pm, put on your best poodle skirt or leather jacket and come to our Grease Sing-A-Long. Sing along with hits like “Summer Nights” and “You’re The One That I Want”. This fun-filled screening includes a pre-show costume contest and interactive prop bag.
Then on Sunday at 2pm, it’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, tag along with Charlie as he visits the magical chocolate factory of Willy Wonka. Also featuring a pre-show costume contest and goodie bag.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8 for kids 12 & under.

Cheap Thrills! Chaplin’s 100th Anniversary! Ernest and Celestine!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 10:38am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we open the twisted and audacious Cheap Thrills, the story of a struggling father whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price. Actor Pat Healy and director E.L. Katz will host Q&As at both screenings on Friday! Dare to see the film the Hollywood Reporter calls, “One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years”.

In this month’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema, we’re celebrating Chaplin’s 100th Anniversary! In 1914, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character first graced the screen in the short film Kid Auto Races, which we’ll be screening along with several other classic Chaplin shorts. As always, the presentation will be accompanied by live music provided by Dennis Scott on the Music Box organ!

We also have daily screenings of the Oscar-nominated animated charmer Ernest & Celestine (with special afternoon screenings all next week! Bring the kids!) and the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a look inside one of the most tantalizing What-Ifs in film history.

Also this weekend are midnight presentations of the legendary Anime Akira (presented in 35mm!) and Jake Gylenhaal (x2!) in the thriller Enemy, and a Sunday matinee of Hitchcock’s inventive Rope, starring Jimmy Stewart.

On Wednesday, we’re hosting a One Night Only screening of Breadcrumb Trail, a new documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from, followed by a Q&A with director Lance Bangs and Slint band members David Pajo and Todd Brashear!

And don’t forget to grab your tickets for next weekend’s Grease Sing-A-Long and our Willy Wonka Easter Special!

See you at the movies

Spring Special Events at the Music Box!

Newsletter, Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 10:40am

Hey Music Box fans,

Spring is finally here, and we’ve got a calendar filled with special events just for you! We have Sing-A-Longs, film festivals, special guests, and much more. Check it all out below!

Theatre lovers rejoice! Upcoming NT Live Screenings!

Newsletter, Friday, April 4th, 2014, 3:16pm

War Horse continues to delight audiences in London and has toured the world over. This Wednesday will be your last chance to see the NTLive version on screen at the Music Box Theatre.

There are two upcoming screenings of King Lear for you to choose from. Take a look below and get your tickets now!

Ernest & Celestine! Ida Sneak Preview! War Horse!

Newsletter, Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, 4:49pm

Hey Music Boxers,

This week, we open Ernest & Celestine, the charming animated story of an unlikely friendship between an artist and a troubadour, who happen to be a mouse and a bear. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, The Wrap calls it “the perfect mix of whimsy for kids and wit for grown-ups”. The daily 9:40pm screening will be presented in the original French language. All other screenings will be English language, featuring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, and Nick Offerman).

On Monday, you’re invited to a FREE sneak preview of the new film Ida, opening in Chicago May 23rd. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. RSVP here to attend!

On Wednesday, don’t miss our additional screening of National Theatre Live presents War Horse. This imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

We also have another week of screenings for the hit documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most ambitious films never made.

Our weekend matinees include Spellbound, one of Hitchcock’s most cerebral thrillers, and the mind-blowing documentary Particle Fever.

Our midnights this weekend include the grand finale of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy, Army of Darkness (This is my BOOMSTICK!) and two Jake Gyllenhaals for the price of one in the thriller Enemy.

Finally, tickets are now on sale for our Easter weekend presentations of Grease Sing-A-Long and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

See you at the movies

Jodorowsky’s Dune! Afternoon of a Faun! War Horse!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 10:46am

A happy Thursday to you, Music Boxers

Opening Friday, the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune explores one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a fond tribute to erratic, creative crackpots everywhere, and to films that almost got the green light, nearly got made and practically had a chance to change the world”.

Also opening this week is Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clerq. Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since. Currently rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

On Saturday morning, join us for a broadcast of National Theatre Live presents War Horse. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Our midnights this week include Jodorowsky’s avant-garde mind-bender The Holy Mountain and William Friedkin’s underseen thriller Sorcerer.

Also playing this week is the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Enemy, weekend matinees of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow Of A Doubt (Sunday only) and the illuminating documentary Particle Fever, and a special Tuesday presentation of music supergroup Swedish House Mafia’s Leave The World Behind.

See you at the movies

Enemy! Alphaville! New York Film Critics Series!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 11:02am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, Jake Gyllenhaal pulls double duty in Enemy, the new film from Academy Award nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners). Gyllenhaal plays two roles in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. The New York Times calls it “divertingly clever and effectively creepy”.

In Jean-Luc Goddard’s seminal sci-fi film Alphaville, a U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. Alphaville is presented in a new DCP restoration from Rialto Pictures. Catch it on the big screen!

On Tuesday, we’re hosting the latest film in The New York Film Critics Series, the program that gave Chicago an early look at such acclaimed films as Nebraska and American Hustle. This month’s advance screening is Breathe In, the story of a foreign exchange student who challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever. The screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with actors Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-man 2, The Invisible Woman) and Amy Ryan (The Wire, Capote), and director Drake Doremus

This weekend at midnight, we’re screening the unsung masterpiece Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear. A story of tough guys driving truckloads of high explosives over hellacious South American roads, this tense thriller is a must-see!

We also have another week of the enlightening documentary Particle Fever, weekend matinees of the Hitchcock mystery The Lady Vanishes, and midnight screenings of cult classics The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room.

Purchase advance tickets to screenings now!

See you at the movies

Particle Fever! The Missing Picture! Claw!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 11:25am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we open Particle Fever, a new documentary that follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. And, on Saturday at 7:10pm, we’ll be joined by David Kaplan, producer of the film and a professor of theoretical particle physics at Johns Hopkins University. The Hollywood Reporter exclaims, “Particle Fever succeeds on every level”!

Also opening this week is The Missing Picture, an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The Missing Picture explores filmmaker Rithy Panh’s quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, through the use of intricately detailed clay figurines. TimeOut calls it “a powerful testament to incredible human resilience”.

On Friday night, the Music Box teams with The Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (AKA CLAW) for a presentation of CLAW: The Movie, a behind-the-scenes look at a world that is part theater, part sports event, all crazy –drawing enormous crowds with all proceeds going to support local charities. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with film co-director Brian Wimer. Advance tickets on sale now.

Friday & Saturday at midnight, check out Almost Human, a horror film that delivers the splatter, drawing from many of the touchstones of cinematic shock for a refreshingly intense thriller bound to excite a new generation of moviegoers. Q&A with director Joe Begos and actor Josh Ethier hosted by The Wolfman both nights!

Also this weekend are matinee screenings of Hitchcock’s comedic thriller The 39 Steps, a Saturday midnight screening of Quentin Tarantino’s breakthrough film Reservoir Dogs, a Sunday matinee of the documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, and a Saturday night showing of the popular Japanese film Tiger & Bunny (Purchase advance tickets).

CLAW: THE MOVIE at the Music Box

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 11:16am

Hey Music Boxers,

This Friday, the Music Box gets taken over by the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (aka CLAW) for a screening of the new documentary CLAW: The Movie. “A massacre in mascara,” is how it’s been described in the press. Pregnant brides, Virgin Madonnas and the occasional giant banana all coming together to raise money for women … and arm wrestling. And now it’s coming to the Music Box screen.

Advance Tickets on sale now

Elaine Stritch! Coriolanus! Silent Cinema!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 10:32am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of this bold and incorrigible performer. At 87, Elaine Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act. Currently rated 100% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, the New York Post calls the film “A generous and hilarious portrait of life as an aging legend.”

Our midnights this weekend include Paul Thomas Anderson’s captivating breakthrough Boogie Nights and the exciting Evangelion 3.0.

This month’s installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema features Sadie Thompson, starring Gloria Swanson in one of her greatest performances! As always, the film will be accompanied by live music, courtesy of the Music Box organ.

This weekend also kicks off our Alfred Hitchcock matinee series, starting with the original The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Peter Lorre.

We also have daily screenings of the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, the thriller Stranger By The Lake, a pair of Saturday night screenings for the Chicago Irish Film Festival, and additional screenings of the National Theatre Live production of Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston!

See you at the movies

Wes Anderson Anthology! Chicago Irish Film Festival! Donnie Darko!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 11:21am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we’re taking a journey through the filmography of one of the most distinctive voices in film with The Wes Anderson Anthology. From Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom, we’ll be screening all of Mr. Anderson’s previous works, plus shorts, commercials and more. Plus, a few lucky fans will join us for a special advance screening of Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by a Q&A with the director himself! Check out the full schedule to find out when your favorites are screening.

On Saturday at 7:30pm, join us for the Chicago Irish Film Festival, celebrating and exploring the best in Irish cinema. We’ll be screening the new film How To Be Happy, a comedy of misunderstandings, deceit and danger. Advance tickets on sale now.

This weekend at midnight, we’re screening the theatrical version of Richard Kelly’s cult classic Donnie Darko. A troubled teenager (a young Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

We also have weekend matinee screenings of the screwball noir Fly By Night and Italian hit The Great Beauty (Last chance to catch it before the Oscars!), midnight screenings of Evangelion 3.0, another week of screenings of the indie thriller Stranger By The Lake, and a special screening of Casablanca, presented by Turner Classic Movies.

See you at the movies

Questions Answered: Special Advance Screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel

Our Theatre by Dave Jennings Tuesday, February 25th, 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:

Wes Anderson visits the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, February 24th, 2014, 11:13am

Hello Music Boxers,

As you may have heard, this Friday we’re kicking off The Wes Anderson Anthology, a complete look at the cinematic legacy to date of one of the most unique voices in contemporary American film. Additionally, on Saturday, March 1st at 4pm, the Music Box will host a special advance screening of Anderson’s newest feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel (Opening in Chicago on March 14th), followed by an in-person Q&A with Wes Anderson himself. And it’s FREE!

So, how can you get in on this excellent event? Read on.

On Tuesday, Feb 25 (Tomorrow!) at Noon, we will begin accepting RSVPs online (Right Here). We are only taking RSVPs through the website, you may not call or visit the theatre to RSVP.

Patrons have the option of RSVPing for 1 or 2 people. We politely ask that, unless you have already worked it out with a specific friend beforehand, please don’t RSVP for two people. This is going to be a very popular event and we would hate to turn people away for RSVPs that are going unused.

To ensure a full theatre, this will be an overbooked event. Patrons will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday. An RSVP does not guarantee admittance. We plan on seating around 3:15pm on Saturday. Patrons who secure an RSVP must PRINT OUT their confirmation and present it at the Music Box box office on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, consider sticking around for opening night of the Chicago Irish Film Festival. Check out their full schedule and purchase tickets here.

Don’t forget to check out the full schedule of The Wes Anderson Anthology to see when your favorites are playing, all on the big screen! Series passes and tickets for all films go on sale Wednesday

Stranger By The Lake! The Last of the Unjust! Black Out!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 20th, 2014, 10:20am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

In the erotic thriller Stranger By The Lake, two men become become the primary suspects in a mysterious death. They choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship, testing the lengths and limits of sexual desire. The Wrap calls it, “The kind of taut, low-key thriller that Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock would very much admire”.

The Last Of The Unjust, documentarian Claude Lanzmann’s follow-up to the essential Shoah, revisits a 1975 interview with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Viennese rabbi who worked with Adolf Eichmann to arrange for the emigration of 120,000 Jews, an ethically thorny collaboration which saved many lives – and landed Murmelstein in prison. This riveting exploration of contested history is currently rated 100% Fresh! on RottenTomatoes.

Black Out, the newest release from Music Box Films, is an audacious crime thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femme fatales, corrupt cops, and outbursts of extreme violence. Helmed by Dutch director Arne Toonen, Black Out is a film full of brash style, visual panache and edge-of-your-seat excitement.

Our classic matinee this weekend is Unfaithfully Yours, Preston Sturges’ uproarious parody of film noir. Rex Harrison stars as a jealous orchestra conductor envisioning plots to murder his supposedly unfaithful wife, but of course, nothing goes according to plan!

Also, get ready for the Academy Awards with our matinee screenings of Best Foreign Language Film nominee The Great Beauty and Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts: Program B.

Our midnights this week include cult classics and Music Box staples The Room (Purchase advance tickets) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Purchase advance tickets).

See you at the movies

Beer and Wine List 2-14-14

Our Theatre by Dave Jennings Friday, February 14th, 2014, 11:34am

The Music Box Theatre now serves beer and wine! Take a look at our current offerings which regularly rotate to feature pairings with our films.

Casablanca! The Princess Bride! Oscar Nominees! The Rocket!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 13th, 2014, 10:23am

This weekend, the Music Box is for lovers, so grab your best guy or gal and head down to the theatre as we celebrate the holiday!

On Valentine’s Day, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy”, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. The interactive screening comes complete with prop bags, a pre-show costume contest, and more! Tickets on sale now.

Saturday afternoon, it’s time for our annual screening of the classic film Casablanca, beginning with a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” with accompaniment from the Music Box organ. After the sing-a-long, you and your sweetheart can canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time. Tickets on sale now.

In The Rocket, a boy who is believed to bring bad luck builds a giant rocket to prove he’s not cursed, planning to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Currently rated 100% FRESH on RottenTomatoes, The Playlist calls it “Crowd pleasing and enjoyable. . . Admiringly respectful and carefully considered”.

Before you fill out your Oscar ballot, head down to the Music Box for For Your Consideration: A Week Of Oscar. Our film series includes nominees for this year’s awards in a wide variety of categories, from Best Picture (Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street) to Best Documentary (The Act of Killing) to Best Makeup & Hairstyling (Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa). Check out the full schedule here.

On Saturday night, check out HUMP Tour, a selection of thought-provoking, outrageous, sexy, and artistic short films from the HUMP! Film Festival, hosted by Dan Savage (Tickets on sale now). On Sunday morning, Tom Hiddleston stars in National Theatre Live’s production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (Tickets on sale now).

If you’re not the sentimental type, come by for our midnight screenings of the holiday slasher My Bloody Valentine. We’re screening a vintage 35mm print, featuring extra gore never shown theatrically!

We also have daily screenings of The Great Beauty, matinee screenings of the comedy noir Dangerous Blondes, a Sunday matinee of Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Program A, and a special Thursday presentation of Press Pass presents Miracle, presented by the Chicago Tribune.

See you at the movies

Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend at the Music Box!

Newsletter, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 11:10am

This weekend, the Music Box is for lovers, so grab your best guy or gal and head down to the theatre as we celebrate the holiday!

On Valentine’s Day, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy”, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. The interactive screening comes complete with prop bags, a pre-show costume contest, and more! Tickets on sale now.

Saturday afternoon, it’s time for our annual screening of the classic film Casablanca, beginning with a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” featuring a selection of favorite love songs complete with projected lyrics and accompaniment from the Music Box organ. After the sing-a-long you and your sweetheart can hold hands, canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time. Tickets on sale now.

And if you’re not the sentimental type, come by for our midnight screenings of My Bloody Valentine. We’re screening a vintage 35mm print of this holiday slasher, featuring extra gore never shown theatrically!

If You Build It! 24 Exposures! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 10:14am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers

If You Build It follows designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller as they teach a North Carolina high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community. Select screenings this weekend will feature Q&As with the filmmakers behind this powerful documentary. Purchase advance tickets now.

Couldn’t make it last week when we hosted Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg for Sundance USA? Well you’re in luck, because this week we’re screening Joe’s new film 24 Exposures. In this sexy thriller a photographer who specializes in erotic photo shoots is suspected of murder when one of his models is found dead. IndieWIRE calls it “A clever meta-thriller. . . a delectable combination of creepiness and fun”.

For the latest installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema, we’re presenting Underworld, director Josef von Sternberg’s riveting breakthrough that launched the American gangster genre as we know it. As always, the film will be screened with live accompaniment on the Music Box organ. Tickets on sale now.

Our midnight this weekend is the original big screen adventure for the heroes in a half shell, 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Our Sunday matinee is the Paulette Goddard comedy Hazard (Not available on DVD).

We also have daily screenings of the 2014 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Presented in 2 parts), Best Foreign Language Film nominee The Great Beauty, and weekend screenings of the family drama Like Father, Like Son.

Also, don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is next weekend! We’re celebrating with screenings of the delightful comedy-fantasy The Princess Bride (with audience participation) and the all-time romantic classic Caablanca (with Sweethearts Sing-A-Long). Tickets for both on sale now!

See you at the movies

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