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Music Box Films is looking for a Marketing & Publicity Assistant!

by Buck LePard Friday, May 6th, 2016, 1:59pm

Music Box Films, our distribution arm, is seeking an organized and enthusiastic Marketing & Publicity Assistant who will contribute in a variety of ways to connect their films to audiences.

Jason Bateman in The Family Fang, Mother’s Day with Mamma Mia, Mad Max & more!

Newsletter, Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 10:35pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening this Friday, Jason Bateman & Nicole Kidman star in the new dramedy The Family Fang. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, Bateman & Kidman are reunited siblings brought back together when their performance artist father (Christopher Walken) goes missing. Variety calls it a “Sharp and affecting dysfunctional-family portrait”

Ride into Valhalla this Friday & Saturday at Midnight with Mad Max: Fury Road! George Miller’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster will be presented on 35MM. The post-apocalyptic wasteland has never looked so good!

On Sunday, celebrate Mother’s Day with Meryl Streep and the music of ABBA, with our interactive presentation of Mamma Mia! Hosted by Dick O’Day, our screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Dress up in your best 70’s garb for your chance to win great prizes! Then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen. And stop by the Music Box Lounge for a Mamma Mia Mimosa! Get your tickets today.

Also playing this week, the shocking and darkly funny Green Room, from director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) and featuring a transformative & unforgettable performance from Patrick Stewart. Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Imogen Poots (Knight of Cups) also star.

Sunday at Noon, Director Ross Lipman presents Notfilm, a new documentary that looks behind the scenes at Film, an underseen collaboration between an aging Buster Keaton and an emerging Samuel Beckett.

Cinema Science with The Field Museum returns next Tuesday with The Messenger, a new documentary that explores our deep-seated connection to songbirds and what the birds have to tell us about the state of our planet. The presentation will include a lively audience discussion with Dr. Peter Marra, Director of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

On May 16th, TV legend Norman Lear visits the Music Box for the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, the definitive chronicle of the life and work of arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television. Directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady will also be in attendance, tickets on sale now.

We also have screenings of the touching coming-of-age anime Classmates, the fashion documentary The First Monday in May, and midnight shows of the nail-biting thriller The Invitation.

See you at the movies

Mamma Mia returns for Mother’s Day!

Newsletter, Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 5:52pm

A Mother’s Day Chicago tradition returns this weekend, with Mamma Mia at the Music Box!

On Sunday, celebrate with Meryl Streep and the music of ABBA, with our interactive presentation that invites you to play along! Hosted by Dick O’Day, our screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Dress up in your best 70’s garb for your chance to win great prizes! Then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen.

And make sure you stop by the Music Box Lounge for a Mamma Mia Mimosa! It all happens at the Music Box this Sunday.

Anime comes to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 12:25pm

Hey Anime Fans,

The Music Box is pleased to continue presenting special anime engagements to our fantastic Chicago audience.

From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes the critically acclaimed Project Itoh Trilogy, and the Music Box will be screening the first 2 films in the next several weeks. In Empire of Corpses, playing this weekend, an alternate version of 19th century London has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology”, and a young medical student dives into the mystery of Dr. Frankenstein. In Harmony, playing May 17th & 21st, jump into a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, as a girl gets swept up in a terrorist plot against the “perfect world” she lives in.

In the tender love story Dou Kyu Sei (Classmates), playing May 7th & 11th, an unlikely friendship blossoms between two adolescent boys. Initially perplexed and confused, not only about each other, but also about themselves, a bond grows between them that is deeper than they could have thought.

Full Schedule below. Get your tickets today, shows will sell out!

The Big Lebowski, Hitchcock’s Suspicion, Green Room & More!

Newsletter, Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 5:47pm

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers

Hot off the presses, it’s our May/June 2016 Calendar! Featuring Blue Velvet 30th Anniversary shows, TV legend Norman Lear in-person, Foreign Matinees, The Grindhouse Film Festival, and many more films, series, and special events. Click HERE for the Full Schedule.

Opening this week, Fireworks Wednesday is a gripping, suspenseful drama, a story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. From Asghar Farhadi, the Academy Award winning director of A Separation and About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday won the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

The film everyone’s talking about, the wickedly fun horror-thriller Green Room stars Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. Shocking and exciting, Green Room demands to be seen on the big screen.

The Dude abides this Friday & Saturday with our midnight screenings of The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges & John Goodman are at their best in Joel & Ethan Coen’s iconic tale of mystery, mistaken identity & bowling. Before the movie, stop by the Music Box Lounge for our Hell of a Caucasian drink special, a White Russian with a Music Box twist.

Our 75th Anniversary of 1941 matinee series concludes this weekend with Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion. Cary Grant plays wonderfully against type as a charmer with a shady past who woos Joan Fontaine in an Oscar-winning role (The only Oscar-winning performance in a Hitchcock film!). Also nominated for Best Picture, Suspicion plays this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am.

We also have daily screenings of the hit fashion documentary The First Monday In May and late night shows of the tense thriller The Invitation, and special weekend presentations of the anime Empire of Corpses.

Our Is It Still Funny with Mark Caro series wraps up on May 3rd with There’s Something About Mary. The Farrelly Bros outrageous comedy was the surprise hit of 1998. Discuss how it holds up this Tuesday at 7pm.

On Sunday, May 8th, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mamma Mia, the hit film musical based on the songs of ABBA. Hosted by Dick O’Day, dress up in your best disco gear and be sure to grab a Mamma Mia Mimosa in the Music Box lounge! Get your tickets today.

Rescheduled due to the ever-fickle Chicago weather, our Music Box Garden Party will now happen on Wednesday, May 4th, 5pm-9pm. Featuring tastings from Bell’s Brewery as well as Dablon Winery, we invite you to join us for a celebration of springtime in Chicago on our cozy outdoor space.

Finally, tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival! Featuring over a dozen Chicago premieres of new films and special guests including Ira Sachs, Craig Robinson, Ti West, and more, this year’s festival is not to be missed.

See you at the movies

Happy 4/26! Here’s an Alien Day special announcement

Newsletter, Monday, April 25th, 2016, 10:45pm

Happy LV-426, everybody!

If you’re receiving this e-mail, congratulations, you’re on of the lucky few who has tickets to tonight’s SOLD OUT double feature of Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens (in 70MM!). We hope you’re prepared to climb aboard the Nostromo and travel to the farthest reaches of space. Who knows what we’l find. . .

But before you do that, you’ll have to make it to the Music Box, and we wanted to give you fair warning, there is a Cubs game at Wrigley tonight at 7:05pm. Parking may be difficult around the Music Box, and we strongly recommend taking public transit. We’re just 3 blocks North of the Southport Brown Line stop and 7 blocks West of the Addison Red Line stop. You can also take the Ashland or Clark buses to their respective Waveland stops, we’re only a few blocks away. Or treat yourself to a cab!

There is metered street parking on Southport, as well as on Clark and on Ashland. Parking is available at Blaine Elementary parking lot, located at 1420 W Grace St, just north of the theatre on Southport. The lot there takes exact change or credit cards. There will be a 15 minute intermission between the films, so no need to worry about finding time to pay for more parking. If you do choose to drive, give yourself time to get through the traffic and get here early. You can relax with a drink in the Music Box Lounge, it will be open all afternoon. Seating for the double feature will begin at 6:20pm.

Finally, while you’re here, we’ll have a limited quantity of Mondo-designed ALIEN swag, including an awesome Ripley T-shirt and Nostromo Pins & Patches. Only available at the Music Box, only on ALIEN DAY, while supplies last!

See you tonight

Green Room, Serial Mom, The Maltese Falcon, Aliens in 70MM & More!

Newsletter, Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 3:03pm

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

Opening this Friday, From the director of Blue Ruin comes Green Room, the brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller, starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. The Village Voice raves “[It’s] an impeccably crafted cinematic torture machine – in the best possible way.”

You also have another week to catch the new documentary The First Monday in May, as it follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, featuring interviews with renowned artists in fashion, film & the arts, as well as a host of contemporary pop icons.

This Saturday, CAMP Night at the Box returns with a special screening of John Waters’ Serial Mom! Join your host, the incomparable Miss Lucy Stoole, in the Music Box Lounge for pregame cocktails at 10pm and catch the flick starting at Midnight. Serial Mom will also play Friday at Midnight, without the special preshow.

On Monday, check back for the line-up of this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival, returning for another great year at the Music Box on May 20th-26th! We’ll be revealing the Full Schedule, Special Guests and more, for the best year yet of the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. Tickets will go on sale Monday at Noon. Want to make sure you’ve got a seat for all of their special screenings? Get a Festival Pass today!

Next Tuesday, no one can hear you scream, with LV-426/Alien Day! In honor of LV426, the moon where the Nostromo first encounters the Xenomorph eggs that started so much trouble, The Music Box joins Twentieth Century Fox, Mondo & The Alamo Drafthouse to bring you this one-of-a-kind, nationwide celebration on Earth’s “426”, April 26. Head into space with a Double Feature of Ridley Scott’s Alien and a 70MM screening of James Cameron’s Aliens. It all starts on 4/26 at 7pm.

Our weekend matinees include Humphrey Bogart in the essential Film Noir The Maltese Falcon (Part of our 75 Years of 1941 Series) and an in-depth look into Spain’s most influential artist with Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood (Part of our Art & Architecture in Cinema Series).

We’ll also have midnight screenings of the creepy new thriller The Invitation, with an ending that will shock you to your core.

Also on Tuesday, the Marx Brother go to war in Duck Soup (Part of our Is It Still Funny series, hosted by Mark Caro). Then, on Wednesday, National Theatre Live presents an inventive production of Shakespeare’s delirious comedy As You Like It.

Finally, in February of 2015, the Music Box Theatre was proud to unveil its new Lounge, offering patrons a comfortable and inviting place to enjoy music, drinks and lively discussion. Shortly thereafter, we opened our back patio to become the Music Box Garden. In celebration of the return of warm weather, on Thursday, April 28th, we’re throwing a grand opening for this year’s Garden space, featuring tastings from Bell’s Brewery as well as Dablon Winery from 5 to 9pm. Kick back and relax with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer and enjoy this hidden gem in Chicago’s Southport Corridor.

See you at the movies

The Invitation with Director Q&A! First Monday in May! The Last Dragon!

Newsletter, Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 12:19pm

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

This Friday, director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, Girlfight) visits the Music Box for her new film, the taut thriller The Invitation. A dinner party turns ominous as a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. Variety calls it “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread”. Kusama and co-writer Phil Hay will host an audience Q&A after the 7pm screening on Friday. Limited tickets still available.

Also opening on Friday, the new documentary The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, featuring interviews with renowned artists in fashion, film & the arts, as well as a host of contemporary pop icons. On Thursday, April 21st, join Elle Val Boutique as they display their spring collection in The Music Box Theatre Lounge in conjunction with the 8pm screening of The First Monday In May.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Last Dragon, the 80’s action/motown/kung fu classic with star Taimak in-person! Featuring a Q&A and book signing. Tuesday, April 19th at 7:30pm.

On Saturday night, Access Contemporary Music presents the 11th Annual Sound of Silent Film Festival, with newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world. This one-night-only event is a must for film lovers of all ages. Tickets on sale now.

Our matinees this weekend include the Oscar-winning afterlife comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Part of our 75th Anniversary of 1941 series), the gritty thriller Remember starring Christopher Plummer, and a special filmed presentation of Opéra National de Paris’ stunning ballet Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine.

Two late night favorites return to the Music Box this weekend, with the so-bad-it’s-good The Room on Friday at Midnight, and the ultimate cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday at Midnight, with live shadowcast!

Next Tuesday, our new series Is It Still Funny with Mark Caro presents Mel Brooks’ take on the Wild West with Blazing Saddles, and dares ask the question “Is punching a horse really that funny?”.

See you at the movies

Save the Date, the Music Box of Horrors returns October 15th, 2016!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 12:00pm

Hey Horror Fans!

Like a masked maniac in a slasher flick, The Music Box of Horrors is coming back! The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightful films is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive. Films and Special Guests will be announced at a later date, but trust us, we have some spectacularly spooky things up our sleeves!

If you can’t wait six months for your next big scares, don’t worry, we have you covered! On April 15th, director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) will visit the Music Box for her new film The Invitation. In this erie psychological thriller, a dinner party turns ominous as a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. Rated 95% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, Variety calls it “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread”. Kusama and co-writer Phil Hay will host an audience Q&A after the 7pm screening. Get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Remember! The Field Museum presents Tremors! River of Fundament!

Newsletter, Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 9:11pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxer

Opening Friday, Remember is a gripping thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor, an elderly man with dementia (Christopher Plummer) goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. One Week Only!

On Sunday, Field Trips: Cinema Science with The Field Museum presents the 90’s giant creature feature Tremors, featuring an educational & entertaining discussion with a Field Museum expert. April 10th at Noon, get your tickets today.

From the makers of The Cremaster Cycle comes River of Fundament, a an epic story of regeneration and rebirth. Based on Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings, Director Matthew Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera. Presented in 3 Acts.
Explore more contemporary art by bringing in your River of Fundament ticket to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago April 10 – 20th for to receive a $5.00 admission.

On Tuesday, Mark Caro hosts Is It Still Funny, a special series that looks at some of the most beloved and groundbreaking comedies in cinema history, and dares to ask the question: “Is it still funny?”. The series kicks off this week with the ultimate college comedy, National Lampoon’s Animal House.

Silent Cinema returns next Thursday, with a rare screening of The Undesirable, a recently rediscovered romance directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). This presentation will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Dan Savage returns to the Music Box this week! On Friday & Saturday, Dan Savage presents The HUMP! Film Festival, the short film fest that celebrates everything that’s sexy. Tickets still available.

For more festival fun, you can catch The 4th Annual Juggernaut Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Film Festival, this Saturday at Noon. Then on Wednesday, CIMMfest 2016 kicks off at the Music Box, with the Opening Night Midwest Premiere of The Smart Studios Story, followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

See you at the movies

Doc10 Documentary Festival! Embrace of the Serpent! National Theatre Live!

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 7:21pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

This weekend, Chicago Media Project is proud to present their inaugural documentary film festival, DOC10, featuring ten Chicago premieres of the best documentaries from 2015-16. These award-winning films present the full spectrum of current nonfiction filmmaking, and include new works from Barbara Kopple (who will host a Q&A on Friday night), Werner Herzog, Albert Maysles & more. All films include post-screening discussions, as well as musical performances and special events throughout the weekend. Check out the Full Schedule & get Tickets today.

Also this week, more daily screenings of the romantic French drama My Golden Days, Columbia’s powerful Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, Studio Ghibli’s charming anime Only Yesterday, and the illuminating documentary Colliding Dreams.

Dan Savage returns to the Music Box on Thursday for Savage Love Live!, a live recording of the Savage Love Podcast. Ask Dan and his special guests anything you’ve ever wanted to know about sex! Then, next weekend, Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival celebrates everything that’s sexy with this diverse short film fest.

Next Wednesday at 7pm, National Theatre Live presents Hangman, the new dark comedy from Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, In Bruges). Called “The funniest play in London right now” by Time Out, Hangman asks the age old question: What’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?

At midnight this weekend, from the makers of V/H/S comes Southbound, interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.The Chicago Sun-Times calls it “One of the smartest and scariest movies in recent memory.” Also at midnight, more showings of Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first feature film in the upcoming Kizumonogatari trilogy.

Our classic matinee this weekend is The Lady Eve, Preston Sturges’ sinfully romantic comedy starring the scheming Barbara Stanwyck and the naive Henry Fonda. Part of our 75th Anniversary of 1941 series.

Easter with Willy Wonka! My Golden Days! The Naked Gun!

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 9:54pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

This Saturday at 2pm, you have a Golden Ticket to the Music Box for an unforgettable interactive journey with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Roald Dahl’s beloved tale comes to magical, musical life with our Play-A-Long show, includes an audience participation guide & goody bag. Summon the Oompa Loompas, blow bubbles while Charlie tastes his Fizzy Lifting Drink, sing along with your favorite songs, and much more! Tickets still available.

Opening Friday, My Golden Days tells the story of an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan as he reflects on his life, flashing back to his childhood, his family, and the love of his life. The Playlist calls it “A rich and literary film, full of life and warmth and sadness and humor.”

Friday & Saturday at Midnight, Leslie Nielsen is at his deadpan best in The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad! One of the funniest movies of all time, with more jokes per minute than most comedies have their whole runtime. Costarring Academy Award-winner George Kennedy, Khan himself Ricardo Motalban, a promising athlete-turned-actor O.J. Simpson, and Weird Al Yankovic as himself.

Also opening Friday, Colliding Dreams recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era. The century-old conflict in the Middle East continues to play a central role in world politics. Early reviews call it “Honest, searching, affectionate, respectful, critical” and “beautifully crafted; balanced incredibly informative.”

We also have more screenings of Orson Welles’ take on Shakespeare with Chimes At Midnight, the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, and Studio Ghibli’s charming anime Only Yesterday.

Take a trip to Europe for a little foreign culture. From London, National Theatre Live’s acclaimed production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses takes you onstage next Wednesday at 7pm. From Italy, Florence and the Uffizi Gallery explores the city that birthed the Renaissance, this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am.

Finally, take yourself out to the ballgame on Friday with a One Night Only screening of Fastball, the new documentary that explores the distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate, featuring interviews with the game’s greatest players and experts.

See you at the movies!

Easter Weekend with Willy Wonka!

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 6:02pm

This Easter, you have a Golden Ticket to the Music Box! Join Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe on an unforgettable interactive journey with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Roald Dahl’s beloved tale comes to magical, musical life as you end a world of pure imagination. Pig out on snozzberries, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in the fun!

Our Play-A-Long show includes an audience participation guide & goody bag. Summon the Oompa Loompas, blow bubbles while Charlie tastes his Fizzy Lifting Drink, sing along with your favorite songs, and much more!

Tickets are available now. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for Children 12 & under, and $10 for Music Box Members.

See you at the Chocolate Factory!

New Horror with Director Q&As!

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 12:43pm

Hey Horror Fans,

Wicked things are coming to the Music Box this spring, with visiting Directors premiering new horror flicks, our famous cult classics, and more!

This Friday & Saturday at Midnight, catch the Chicago premiere of Emelie, featuring a Q&A with director Michael Thelin! A couple’s replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities. Featuring a tour-de-force performance from Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time), Emelie is a multidimensional, nail-biting thriller that proves trust can be the most deadly of weapons.

On April 15th, director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) will visit the Music Box for her new film The Invitation. In this erie psychological thriller, a dinner party turns ominous as a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. Variety calls it “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread”. Kusama will host an audience Q&A after the 7pm screening, so get your tickets today.

On April 10th, it’s the 90s giant creature feature Tremors in our Cinema Science with The Field Museum series! Battle the giant bugs with Kevin Bacon, then stick around for a discussion with a Field Museum expert about the real life science at play in the film. Trust us, there’s a lot to talk about with this one!

We also have plenty of fantastic & frightening events headed your way in the coming weeks, including Patrick Stewart in the wickedly fun horror-thriller Green Room (Opening April 22nd), a special presentation of John Waters’ camp classic Serial Mom (April 23rd), and more Midnight mayhem with the terror anthology Southbound (From the makers of V/H/S) & the long-awaited return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Chimes at Midnight! Creative Control! Citizen Kane! The Room!

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 3:39pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening this week, a brand new restoration of Orson Welles’ Chimes At Midnight. Unavailable for decades, this brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Welles’s lifelong obsession with the Bard’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend to King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. The New York Times says Chimes, “May be the greatest Shakespearean film ever made, bar none.”

Set 5 minutes in the future, Creative Control is a sci-fi comedy about a young man uses a pair of virtual-reality glasses to have an affair with a hologram of his buddy’s girlfriend. Unwittingly, fantasy and reality begin to blur. Director/writer/actor Benjamin Dickinson will be at select screenings for opening weekend!

Our Classic Film Weekend Matinees return this weekend with more of Orson Welles’ unparalleled cinematic vision in Citizen Kane! It’s the perfect kickoff for our 75th Anniversary of 1941: The Year in Film, and the coming weeks will see classics like Hitchcock’s Suspicion, Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, and more!

Two of our most celebrated cult Midnight films return to the Music Box for the first time in months, with the hilariously awful The Room on Friday & The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, on Saturday! And, on BOTH nights at Midnight, the chilling new horror Emelie with Director Michael Thelin in-person for audience Q&As.

Also playing this week, the 25th Anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday and Oscar-nominee Embrace of the Serpent.

See you at the movies

Embrace of the Serpent! Only Yesterday! The Field Museum!

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 8:07pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday, Columbian Oscar-nominee Embrace of the Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. At once blistering and poetic, The Hollywood Reporter calls Serpent “A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism”

Also opening Friday, from producer Hayao Miyazaki comes Only Yesterday, a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world’s most revered animation studios. Never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary. RogerEbert.com exclaims “Four stars! Breathtaking! The first great movie of 2016!”

Midnight movies return to the Music Box this weekend, and we’re welcoming them back with David Cronenberg’s twisted sci-fi Videodrome. Stay up late with James Woods at the Music Box, and long live the new flesh!

On Sunday at Noon, Cinema Science with The Field Museum travels beyond the stars with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. After the movie, Field Museum experts will lead the audience in an exploration of the scientific and humanitarian themes in Ridley Scott’s otherworldly epic. Grab your space suit and get ready for an afternoon of fun.

There’s also a double dose of Anime special events this week, with weekend screenings of Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first feature film in the upcoming Kizumonogatari trilogy, and a Tuesday screening of Psycho-Pass: The Movie, the big screen continuation of one of the most popular sci-fi anime series in the past five years.

Have you ever wanted to make a documentary? This Saturday, Award-winning doc filmmaker Melody Gilbert (http://www.frozenfeetfilm.com) gives you the chance to learn step-by-step how to direct a documentary in this one-day intensive Documentary Boot Camp. Register Now at www.bit.ly/DocBootCamp.

Next Wednesday, join us for a night of award-winning local film as IFP Chicago presents An Evening of Chicago filmmaker Brad Bischoff. A perennial favorite at The Chicago International Film Festival, Brad’s films have screened all over the world, touching people’s hearts and challenging their conventions. Tickets are available now.

On May 20th-26th, the Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to the Music Box for another great year of Chicago premieres and special guests! The festival brings together an eclectic array of films ranging from raucous comedies and foreign-made dramas to thought-provoking documentaries and midnight genre films—with a couple of programs of shorts thrown in for good measure. Festival passes are now available for this one-of-a-kind Chicago event.

See you at the movies

Anime returns to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, March 7th, 2016, 2:19pm

Hey Anime fans,

The Music Box is proud to bring some special anime engagements to Chicago!

Coming to the Music Box this Friday is Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday, for it’s first ever North American release. For one week only, you can catch this 25th Anniversary presentation of this masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, from Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya). Featuring an English voice cast including Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

One of the most popular sci-fi anime series in the past five years is making its way to the big screen. Psycho-Pass: The Movie will blow away movie-goers with its explosive action sequences and thought-provoking storytelling. This film is a must-see for fans of the TV series and fans of sci-fi action films like Akira, Blade Runner, and Minority Report.
Psycho-Pass: The Movie will play at the Music Box on Tuesday, March 15th & Saturday, March 19th.

This weekend, you can catch Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first feature film in the upcoming Kizumonogatari trilogy! The first 200 attendees on Saturday, March 12th at noon will receive a free Memorial Portrait Board (While supplies last). The Music Box has also added Midnight screenings this weekend, to give you more chances to see this highly anticipated film.

Full Schedule below. Get your tickets today, shows will sell out!

70MM Film Festival ends with Lawrence of Arabia, Starman, Interstellar, & more! Oscar-winner Son of Saul!

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 2:02pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

It’s the last week of our 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition, but we’re not slowing down, with rare screenings of classic Best Picture Oscar-winners, inventive new films from modern masters, and more! You can see the sprawling epic Lawrence of Arabia, beloved musical West Side Story, Sci-Fi adventures with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and John Carpenter’s Starman, a 70MM Shorts Program presented by our friends at the Northwest Chicago Film Society, and Elizabeth Taylor in the decadent Cleopatra.

And tonight is your last chance to take a pair of mind-bending trips into the unknown, with our 70MM screenings of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Brainstorm.

Check out the Full Schedule and plan your final week of 70MM. Shows have been selling out, we recommend grabbing your tickets in advance.

The powerful Son of Saul is now an Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film! We’ll be playing this remarkable Holocaust drama on through Thursday, March 10th, presented on 35MM. Rated 96% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, RogerEbert.com calls it “An essential film”.

On Sunday, visit the Music Box Lounge for a free wine tasting hosted by DaBlon Vineyards. From 11am-5pm, DaBlon will be serving a variety of their exceptional wines in our relaxing lounge atmosphere. Join us for a what is sure to be an entertaining and educational Chicago afternoon.

Also playing this week, Michael Moore’s devastatingly hilarious new documentary Where To Invade Next, a call to make America great again that unfortunately becomes more relevant each passing day of this election cycle.

And while you’re at the Music Box, pick up your copy of our 2016 Spring Calendar (Or click this link for digital version)! Featuring a new restoration of Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight, Director Karyn Kusama in-person for the premiere of her new thriller The Invitation, Patrick Stewart in Green Room, Prometheus and Tremors with The Field Museum, the return of National Theatre Live, Cult Midnights, Classic Matinees, and so much more!

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Lawrence of Arabia, Starman, Interstellar & more close out The 70MM Film Festival!

Newsletter, Monday, February 29th, 2016, 5:55pm

The Music Box’s 70MM Film Festival: Ultimate Edition may have reached the halfway point, but we have plenty more rare & amazing filmgoing experiences coming your way. Here’s what’s in store for the rest of the fest:

One of the most acclaimed modern directors presents his most ambitious film to date, with Interstellar. Christopher Nolan’s space adventure is a technical & spiritual marvel, as an all-star cast travels deep into outer space on a quest to save the world, and finds more than they ever could have imagined. Equal parts thrilling, thought-provoking and touching, Interstellar is a passion project from a man who puts the “film” in “Filmmaker”.

Can you name the only actor nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a film directed by 80s genre-master John Carpenter (The Thing, Escape From New York)? It was Jeff Bridges in the science fiction romance Starman! In an original 70MM print, Bridges stars as a sensitive alien who, while in a race against time, learns what it truly means to be a man.

Also playing this weekend, two of the most beloved films from Hollywood’s greatest decade! Peter O’Toole gives a towering performance in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, featuring cinematography that demands to be seen on the big screen. Then, star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria must are caught in the midst of a battle between The Jets and The Sharks in the streets of New York, in the grand musical West Side Story. Both films won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture!

The most expensive film of its time, Elizabeth Taylor stars in Cleopatra. Featuring decadent costumes, tremendous sets, and a cast of thousands, including Richard Burton, who began a very public affair with Ms. Taylor that threatened to derail the entire production. It all adds up to one gigantic cinematic feat.

Saturday at Noon, our friends at the Northwest Chicago Film Society present a special collection of 70MM Shorts. This One-Time-Only program includes A Year Along the Abandoned Road Morten Skallerud’s beautiful time-lapse film shot over the course of a year in Norway; Williamsburg, The Story of a Patriot (George Seaton, 1957), the longest running film in motion picture history, which has been shown nearly every day at Colonial Williamsburg since 1957; trailer reels, simulator ride films, and more!

You also have a more chances in the next few days to see the chaotic comedy of It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the fantastical head trip of Brainstorm, and the essential 70MM experience, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

70MM 2001, Krull, Brainstorm, Mad Mad Mad Mad World & more! Son of Saul!

Newsletter, Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 11:03pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Our 70MM Film Festival continues this weekend more special presentations of incredibly rare film prints on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen. The 2nd week of 70MM screenings includes the thrilling sci-fi adventure Krull, the special effects extravaganza Brainstorm, and Stanley Kubrick’s unimpeachable masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

We also have restored 70MM prints of two giant comedies this week, with the star-studded laugh riot It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and a one-time-only show of Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines on Sunday at Noon.

Academy Award-nominee Son of Saul might be taking home an Oscar this Sunday! Called “Unlike anything you have seen before” by RogerEbert.com, this remarkable film is still playing on 35MM at the Music Box.

This election season, there may be no more important film than Where To Invade Next, the dangerous new documentary from Michael Moore. Find out what it takes to make America great again as Moore tackles the issues as only he can.

In other 70MM news, tonight you have one last chance to see Ghostbusters and The Master on 70MM.

Finally, after a winter hibernation, our weekend Midnights and Classic Matinees return this spring! Our matinees Celebrate 1941’s Year In Film, with 75th Anniversary presentations of such iconic films as Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, and Hitchcock’s Suspicion. Fridays & Saturdays at Midnight include beloved cult classics like The Naked Gun, Videodrome, Serial Mom, and of course The Room & Rocky Horror Picture Show. Check out the full Spring 2016 schedule now.

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