Music Box Blog - Entries by Dave Jennings

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar

by Dave Jennings Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 12:51pm

Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed drama Ida, released in the U.S. and Canada by Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films, has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. This win follows the Polish film taking Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Film Awards, and Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematographer accolades at the European Film Awards. Music Box Films’ catalog includes a prior Academy Award nomination with the Canadian title Monsieur Lazhar in 2012.

2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

by Dave Jennings Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 1:57pm

For 10 days and two weekends, the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will take you on an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and unforgettable award winning films. The first Oscar-qualifying film festival for children and families, the CICFF represents a rare opportunity for Chicagoans to see top award-winning films before anyone else.

Questions Answered: Special Advance Screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel

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:

Beer and Wine List 2-14-14

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.


by Dave Jennings Sunday, September 8th, 2013, 2:07pm

The 70th Venice Film Festival announced Saturday, September 7th that DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER a film by Gabe Klinger was awarded the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA. The film will screen Sunday, September 8th at 7:30pm at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre as part of the 25th annual Onion City Film Festival. Local Chicago writer, critic, and now filmmaker Gabe Klinger will be in attendance for the screening.


by Dave Jennings Thursday, July 11th, 2013, 2:05pm

The Music Box Theatre has teamed up with the Chicago Redeye, Bud Select 55, and Sports Corner to present a rooftop screening of the 1989 film MAJOR LEAGUE on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 8:30pm on the rooftop of Sports Corner (956 West Addison Street).

Summer on Southport is THIS WEEKEND TOO!

by Dave Jennings Friday, June 28th, 2013, 8:08pm

It’s a party on Southport! Take public transit and say hello to our awesome MBT volunteers at the gates! Remember, if you are coming to the MBT you can say that when you enter and you won’t have to pay any entrance fee to get into Summer on Southport!

Special offer to Altered States screening with live music

by Dave Jennings Monday, April 22nd, 2013, 2:40pm

A cool offer from Fulcrum Point New Music Project: email before 6pm today (Monday, April 22nd) and get tickets for tomorrow night’s screening of Altered States with live music for only $10! (Normal single ticket price is $25.) Mention “MUSIC BOX” in your message. Your tickets will be held at Will-Call at the Level 5 Box Office. More info on the concert below – enjoy!

2001 cancellation

by Dave Jennings Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 12:03pm

Friday Night’s screening of 2001 was canceled. We are doing everything we can to get it up and running for Saturday.

Opening day of the 70mm Film Festival

by Dave Jennings Friday, February 15th, 2013, 9:35am

On this opening day of our 70mm Film Festival I want to share with you a bunch of short videos you have to watch on your computer screen, perhaps just so you are more appreciative of film when you come to the Music Box this week.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is pink

by Dave Jennings Thursday, February 14th, 2013, 3:24pm

There are good things and bad things about vintage film prints. We have some sad news about our 70mm film presentation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: the print has turned very pink over the years.

The Music Box Theatre Takes the Challenge to “Outguess Ebert”

by Dave Jennings Monday, February 20th, 2012, 3:16pm

Last Friday the Music Box Theatre, via its social networks, threw down the gauntlet and challenged Roger Ebert, one of the greatest living film critics, to a battle of Oscar guesses. After a period of what we can only assume was deep and thoughtful consideration, Mr. Ebert publicly accepted our ‘foolish’ challenge.

A Very Carrie Christmas!

by Dave Jennings Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 6:25pm

Please be advised, our Carrie event, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 9, will now take place on Sunday, December 4.

Your chance to win tickets to Catching Hell this Thursday!

by Dave Jennings Monday, August 22nd, 2011, 11:39am

Cinema/Chicago and ESPN FILMS will be hosting an exclusive screening of Catching Hell, directed by Oscar-winning director, Alex Gibney, on Thursday August 25 at 7pm… and we have a select number of tickets to give away FREE! Here is your chance for you and a guest to win!

Music Box Summer Music Festival

by Dave Jennings Thursday, July 7th, 2011, 10:04am

July 25 – 28, 2011

The only festival that will feature The Swell Season, Moby, Radiohead, Dispatch, the Talking Heads, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young.

Grease Sing-Along

by Dave Jennings Monday, June 20th, 2011, 1:20pm

Coming this July to the Music Box Theatre, the classic high school musical! Sing along with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies at this special summer event!


by Dave Jennings Sunday, June 12th, 2011, 3:59pm

Thanks, in huge part to all of you out there on the internet, we are proud to announce that HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN will be playing at least 4 screenings at the Music Box Theatre

The New Cult Canon presents Starship Troopers!

by Dave Jennings Monday, June 6th, 2011, 4:28pm

On Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30pm, the AV Club and Music Box Theatre present Starship Troopers, the 1997 sci-fi alien war film from Paul Verhoeven, director of Total Recall and Showgirls. Nominated for both an Oscar and MTV Movie Award, the film bombed on its initial release, earning little more than half its 100 million dollar budget, but has since amassed a cult following and gained a reputation as a high octane satire on the state of modern warfare.

The cast includes future Bond Girl Denise Richards, this year’s Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris, Jake “Son of Gary” Busey, Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, and Casper Van Dien, who would later reprise his role of Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.

A.V. Club critic Scott Tobias, author of the New Cult Canon column, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

Sundance USA Photos

by Dave Jennings Thursday, January 27th, 2011, 3:46pm

Photos from Sundance USA on January 27th 2011.

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

Photos by Ari Neiditz

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