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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!

See you at the movies

Music Box of Horrors! Art and Craft! Chicago International Film Festival!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 10:35am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers! We’ve got an exciting week coming up, with new films and special events everyday.

This weekend, join us for the Music Box of Horrors, our annual 24 hour movie marathon! We’re celebrating 10 years of marathons and pulling out all the stops, with special guests, vendors, food trucks, and the best horror films on the big screen! Passes on sale now, get yours today!

Opening on Friday is the new documentary Art and Craft. Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers in US history, but in Art and Craft, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. The Chicago Reader calls it an “Eminently watchable character study”.

On Friday night, The Field Museum comes to the Music Box for Cinema Science: Jurassic Park! The screening of the pulse-pounding dinosaur blockbuster will be followed by a discussion of the science behind the film with Pete Makovicky, Associate Curator of Dinosaurs at the Field Museum. You’ll never look at a T-Rex the same way again!

On Sunday & Tuesday evening, the Chicago International Film Festival presents a tribute to Isabelle Huppert! We’re screening four of the actress’s favorite films from her illustrious filmography, including The Piano Teacher and White Material. Check out the full schedule and buy your tickets today!

On Monday, writer and actor Alan Cumming visits the Music Box for a reading from his new book Not My Father’s Son. The evening will also feature Alan in conversation with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Dick Babcock, an audience Q&A, and book signing. Purchase advance tickets now!

We also have select screenings of the groundbreaking classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Presented in a 4K Restoration!

We also have an encore screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Wednesday, a special screening of National Theatre Live’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson on Thursday, and another week of screenings of the stirring documentary Last Days In Vietnam.

See you at the movies

Last Days in Vietnam! Halloween! Shanghai Express!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 10:23am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we open Last Days in Vietnam, the engaging new documentary of the final days of the Vietnam War. As a special opening weekend presentation, director Rory Kennedy will join us for an audience Q&A about the making of the film on Friday at 7:10pm. Currently rated 94% FRESH on RottenTomatoes, The New York Times calls it, “Deftly woven…a concise and gripping film”.

We’re a week away from the Music Box of Horrors, our annual 24 marathon of terror, film and fun! This year, we’re celebrating 10 years of marathons and pulling out the stops, bringing you a variety of horror films from across the decades, special guests, vendors, and much much more! Buy your festival passes now before they sell out!

Did you miss the documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic and the behind-the-scenes look David Bowie is the first time we played them? No worries, we’ve add a bunch of bonus screenings all this week!

Our midnight film this weekend is John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original slasher that unleashed the unstoppable Michael Myers on the world.

Our matinees include Shanghai Express, starring Marlene Dietrich in a tale of romance and intrigue aboard the titular locomotive, and encore screenings of the hit kids cartoon My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.

Also playing this week is additional screenings of Terry Gilliam’s mind-bending sci-fi The Zero Theorem and the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side, and weekend screenings of the medical documentary Code Black.

See you at the movies

Music Box of Horrors: Oct 11th-Oct12th!

Newsletter, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 11:19am

Hey Horror Fans,

We’re less than two weeks away from the 2014 Music Box of Horrors, 24 hours of terror, film and fun! Today is your LAST CHANCE to get tickets for the low price of $25 (Starting Oct 1st, tickets will be $30).

This year’s lineup includes director John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) presenting his 1991 sci-fi horror film THE BORROWER! Never available on DVD or Blu-Ray, and with all known 35mm prints lost to the sands of time, we will be screening McNaughton’s personal Laserdisc of the film.

We’ll also be showing a new 35mm print of THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE, a sneak peek at DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, a 15th anniversary screening of the controversial Japanese AUDITION, and much much more!

Special guests EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE will provide special shorts between films to keep the weird going, and, direct from Fantasticfest and Mondo Con in Austin TX, we’ll be displaying a brand new exhibit of original VHS art canvases from Gorgon Video!

We’ve also got a few more surprise titles up our sleeves, so keep an eye on the schedule to see new films as they are announced!

Jimi: All Is By My Side! The Last Unicorn! NT Live presents Medea!

Newsletter, Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 11:10am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, Outkast’s Andre Benjamin embodies Jimi Hendrix in the new musical biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, written and directed by Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). The RedEye calls it, “Alluring and elusive”.

This weekend, join us for The Last Unicorn Tour, with author Peter S. Beagle! The event includes a screening of the classic 1982 animated film, a Q&A, book signing, and many other special surprises! Costumes encouraged! You have two chances to catch this great event, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.

On Tuesday, National Theatre Live presents Medea, Euripides’ powerful tragedy starring Helen McCrory in the title role.

Next Thursday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Gone Girl, the new film from David Fincher, featuring a pre-taped Q&A with author Gillian Flynn. We’re also screening the new musical documentary NAS: Time is Illmatic.

Our matinees include Marlene Dietrich as a WWI spy in Dishonored and the animated musical My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks (Also screening on Wednesday at 7pm).

Our midnights on Friday & Saturday include gothic horror homage The Strange Color of Her Body’s Tears and the supernatural thriller At The Devil’s Door.

Also screening this week is Terry Gilliam’s return to a sci-fi future with The Zero Theorem and the medical documentary Code Black.

See you at the movies

Date Change! The New York Film Critics Series presents Gone Girl

by Dave Jennings Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 2:53pm

The NYFCS Gone Girl screening originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30pm has been moved to Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm.

The Zero Theorem! God Help The Girl! The Notebook!

Newsletter, Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 10:07am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Terry Gilliam returns to the realm of dystopic sci-fi with The Zero Theorem, starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. The Chicago Reader named this thought-provoking film one of their Top Picks for Fall Movies!
And if that’s not enough Gilliam madness for you, catch Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson in ??Fear and Loathing In Las V Vegas??, Friday and Saturday at midnight!

God Help the Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. In Scotland, a girl called Eve writes songs as a way to sort through some emotional problems. She then meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. Newcity calls it “Crazy-charming lovable coming-of-age musical”.
Plus, on Friday only, the film will be preceded by Belle and Sebastian sing GOD HELP THE GIRL, a short film with writer/director Stuart Murdoch performing songs from the movie with his Belle & Sebastian bandmates, in exclusive concert footage.

Adapted from Agota Kristof’s bestselling novel, The Notebook tells the story of thirteen-year-old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border during WWII. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on one another in the face of challenging circumstances. The Notebook, the 2014 Hungarian entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards.

Did you know that Tuesday, September 23rd has been declared DAVID BOWIE DAY in Chicago? Celebrate by coming to our one-night-only presentation of David Bowie is, a documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, opening soon at the Museum of Contemporary Art!

On Friday at Midnight, it’s time to enter Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room. Saturday at midnight, do the Timewarp again with the Midnight Madness shadowcast at The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the last screening of RHPS until our famous Halloween shows (Tickets on sale now).

Our Marlene Dietrich matinee series continues Saturday and Sunday morning, as she teams with Gary Cooper for Morocco. Also on Sunday, stage comes to the screen as we broadcast Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. We will also have weekend screenings of the medical documentary Code Black.

See you at the movies

Code Black! Finding Fela! Chicago Opera Theater!

Newsletter, Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 10:40am

Happy Sunday Music Boxers,

As you may have noticed, we’ve had some website issues the past several days, but everything is back up and running, just in time for a week of special events and new films!

In his vivid and thought-provoking documentary Code Black, physician Ryan McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Winner of Best Documentary at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The joyous documentary Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it, “a complex mosaic of a man and the powerful message of his legacy”.

We also have another week of screenings for two subversive romantic comedies, The One I Love starring Elizabeth Moss and Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza.

On Monday, catch All This Mayhem, an unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Hector and the Search For Happiness, the uplifting new comedy starring Simon Pegg. This screening is FREE, but you must RSVP to attend.

On Wednesday, we’re presenting a one-night-only screening of Thom Andersen’s landmark documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF. Never before available on home video, the film explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown – as seen entirely though the films themselves. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gives it 4 Stars!

And on Thursday, we’re hosting Opening Night of Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, featuring a screening of the new film Boy Meets Girl at 7:30pm, following a red carpet champagne reception with director Eric Schaeffer and actress Michelle Hendley at 5:30pm. Tickets on sale now.

See you at the movies!

September Special Events at the Music Box Theatre!

Newsletter, Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 5:09pm

Hey Music Box fans,

We are bursting at the seams with Special Events this September! We’ve got everything, from David Bowie and Duran Duran to Silent Cinema, collaborations with the Chicago Opera Theater and Reeling Film Festival, a FREE advance screening of Simon Pegg’s new movie, and much more!

Read for more info on our upcoming Special Events and keep an eye on our website, we’re adding more excellent events and screenings all the time! Tickets for many of these events are on sale now, don’t delay, get yours now before they’re gone!

Life After Beth! A Five Star Life! Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

Newsletter, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 6:03pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza and Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan star in Life After Beth. In this zombie romantic comedy (Zom-Rom-Com?), a young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her. Variety calls it, “Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Also opening this week is A Five Star Life, the newest release from Music Box Films. From director Maria Sole Tognazzie comes the sophisticated story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment. The Dissolve calls it, “A frequently sumptuous pleasure to watch.”

Our midnight screenings this weekend include 40th anniversary screenings of the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, still as shocking today as the day it was released! We’re also screening the exciting anime Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie.

This fall, we’re celebrating the iconic pairing of director Josef Von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich with a special matinee series of their seven classic films. The series kicks off this Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am with The Blue Angel, the dark musical that first united these two screen legends.

On Wednesday at 7:30pm, for one night only, the Music Box presents Duran Duran: Unstaged, a filmed concert from the celebrated band, directed by the one and only David Lynch. Includes performances of Duran Duran hits “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “A View to Kill”, “Ordinary World” and “Rio.”

We also have daily screenings of the hit indie The One I Love, starring Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Mark Duplass (The League). See the movie everyone is talking about, and don’t spoil the surprise!

See you at the movies

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.

Noir City! The One I Love! Cabaret! Batman!

Newsletter, Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 5:41pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation! Focusing on the years immediately following WWII, this year’s NOIR CITY: CHICAGO festival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 17 films reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness and cynicism crossed all borders. All festival tickets can be used as double feature tickets, giving you two films for the price of one, just like the good old days! Check out the Full Schedule and purchase Advance Tickets now!

Plus, when you come to Noir City, you can pick up a copy of our Fall calendar, featuring dozens of films and special events through the end of November that you can only find at the Music Box!

Continuing this week is The One I Love, the romance with a mysterious twist starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. The RedEye gives the film 3.5 stars and calls it, “insightful, strange and engrossing.”

Celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary with our midnight screenings of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which takes the adventures of the Dark Knight’s beloved 90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series to the big screen, presented in 35mm! Easily one of the best movies to ever feature Caped Crusader.

On Saturday & Sunday, catch Bob Fosse’s magnificent film adaptation of the smash musical Cabaret. Featuring Liza Minnelli in her iconic role, this Academy Award-winning tale of passion and politics is not to be missed.

Also this weekend, catch our midnight screenings of the blockbuster Lucy, featuring Scarlett Johansson in full-“Action Hero” mode, and our matinee presentations of Monty Python: Live (Mostly), the acclaimed reunion show of the legendary comedy group.

See you at the movies

NOIR CITY returns to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, August 25th, 2014, 2:36pm

Hey film noir fans,

NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, beginning this Friday! The 6th edition of this annual film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories are a specifically American phenomenon.
Focusing on the years immediately following World War II, this year’s NOIR CITY: CHICAGO fetival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 17 films in the series reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness and cynicism crossed all international borders. The Film Noir Foundation, co-presenters of the festival with the Music Box, will also be presenting its latest 35mm film restoration, TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949), which Film Noir Foundation president Eric Muller declares, “the best unknown American film noir of the classic era.” Also screening will be the newly struck 35mm print of the tough-as-nails ROADBLOCK (1951). “Our desire to expand the scope of the NOIR CITY festival has resulted in our most ambitious program ever,” says Muller.

Tickets and Festival Passes are on sale now! Each film is part of a double feature and buying a ticket to a feature entitles the holder to the next film of the day as part of the festival. Check below for the full schedule and festival highlights!

The One I Love! Land Ho! The Producers!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 10:16am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday is The One I Love. Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss and The League‘s Mark Duplass star as a married couple whose romantic retreat takes a turn for the surreal. Don’t let anyone spoil the secret for you, this is a film you need to see to believe! RedEye’s Matt Pais says, “The first movie in a while I didn’t want to stop thinking about, and couldn’t if I tried.”

Also opening this week is Land Ho!, the charming story of a pair of Icelandic ex-brothers-in-law attempting to reclaim their youth in a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. The New York Times calls it, “A delightfully funny road movie”.

Couldn’t make it out to The Room last night? Don’t worry, we have screenings tonight at 7pm and 10:30pm, each one hosted by the one and only Tommy Wiseau, and featuring a special presentation of footage from his newest project, the sitcom The Neighbors!

Our matinees this weekend bring the laughs, with Mel Brooks’ original Broadway satire The Producers and encore presentations of Monty Python: Live (Mostly), the much-heralded reunion show of the legendary comedy group.

Friday and Saturday at midnight, come by for David Lynch’s enigmatic Mulholland Dr. and the anime K: Missing Kings.

Finally, Noir City: Chicago 6 kicks off August 29th! The full schedule has been released, featuring Noir films from around the world, and tickets are on sale now!

See you at the movies!

Summer Music Film Festival! The Room with Tommy Wiseau! Venus In Fur!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 11:27am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Summer Music Film Festival 2014 comes to the Music Box on August 15th-19th! Co-presented by Sound Opinions, this festival showcases the very best music films, documentaries, and concert footage, for the fourth year in a row. Highlights of the 2014 festival include 30th anniversary screenings of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Prince’s Purple Rain, filmmaker-attended screenings of The 78 Project Movie and Rubber Soul, and much more! Check out the full schedule and get tickets now!

On August 20th & 21st, the mysterious and always-entertaining Tommy Wiseau returns for two nights of The Room, the cult disaster-piece that must be seen to be believed. In addition to a Q&A, Wiseau will also premiere The Neighbors, his much awaited follow-up, a sitcom about the many people who live in an L.A. apartment. In other words, exactly what you want from Tommy Wiseau.

Opening on Friday is Venus In Fur, the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play by master filmmaker Roman Polanski. A taut encounter with a frustrated director and enigmatic actress, the Chicago Tribune calls the film, “whip-smart dissection of gender politics.”

At midnight on Friday, we’ve got a Secret Screening up our sleeve. What could it be? Only one way to find out. Then on Saturday, do the time warp again with the Midnight Madness shadowcast at The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

We also have weekend matinees of the rockin’ musical Bye Bye Birdie and daily screenings of the powerful documentary Alive Inside.

See you at the movies

Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box for THE ROOM!

Newsletter, Monday, August 11th, 2014, 2:15pm

Hey Room fans!

On August 20th & 21st, the enigmatic and always-entertaining Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box for two nights of screenings of his cult sensation The Room!

Each screening of The Room will include a Q&A with writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau, providing his unique insight into the making of the infamous film. Additionally, we will feature an Exclusive Presentation of footage from THE NEIGHBORS, Tommy Wiseau’s newest project. The Neighbors is a sitcom that revolves around the many characters who live in an L.A. apartment building, and features the same Wiseau flair that his fans have come to love.

Tickets on sale now!

Alive Inside! Violette! King of the Rodeo!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 10:02am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, this powerful documentary reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Join us Friday at 7:15pm for a special Opening Night presentation of Alive Inside followed by a Q&A with Kelly Willenborg, founder of The Healing Jukebox. Tickets on sale now.

Fresh off its presentation as the Festival Centerpiece at the Chicago French Film Festival, Violette also opens this week. A stirring and profound biopic of French novelist Violette Leduc, The New York Times calls it “A deeply satisfying film. . . Handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring”.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns this weekend for King of the Rodeo, a rollicking tale of love and danger, partially filmed at actual rodeos in Chicago’s Soldier Field. As always, the screening will be accompanied by live music from the Music Box organ!

On Sunday morning, Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse are opposites who attract in Silk Stockings. This charming musical-comedy is not available on DVD!

Our weekend midnights include Kevin Smith’s underrated sophomore feature Mallrats, featuring a career-best performance from Jason Lee, and the best sci-fi film of the summer Snowpiercer (Snowpiercer will also be playing as a matinee on Saturday & Sunday morning).

Finally, starting next Friday is the Summer Music FIlm Festival! Check out the full line-up, featuring anniversary screenings of Stop Making Sense and Purple Rain, the musical God Help The Girl, and much much more!

See you at the movies

Summer Music Film Festival 2014 at the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, August 4th, 2014, 12:15pm

Hey Music Film Fans,

The Summer Music Film Festival 2014 comes to the Music Box on August 15th-19th! Co-presented by Sound Opinions, this festival showcases the very best music films, documentaries, and concert footage, for the fourth year in a row.

Highlights of the 2014 festival include 30th anniversary screenings of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Prince’s Purple Rain, and 50th anniversary screenings of The Beatles’ A Hard Days Night, returning after sold out screenings in July!

Two films with Chicago connections will screen and are scheduled to have their creators in attendance. The 78 Project Movie is a journey across America to record today’s musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music — exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs. Director Alex Steyermark, a former Chicago resident, will discuss his film and The 78 Project web series.. Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two historical interviews of Yoko Ono and John Lennon from 1970 and 1980 and is the creation of Evanston native and Northwestern alumni Jon Lefkovitz.

Read on below for the full schedule and more festival highlight!

A 5 admission pass is $45. Individual Tickets are $9-$12 and can be purchased online through

French Film Festival! Monty Python! Snowpiercer!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 11:17am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Vive le cinema! The Chicago French Film Festival begins TONIGHT! Come to our Opening Night Reception for pre-show drinks and appetizers at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Me, Myself and Mum at 7:30pm!

The Chicago French Film Festival runs from July 31st-August 5th and features screenings of 10 of the best contemporary French films, including our Festival Centerpiece presentation of Violette on Saturday and Closing Night film Jealousy on Tuesday evening. Check out the full schedule and purchase festival tickets now.

Also, this will be our final week for Snowpiercer. Come take the post-apocalyptic thrill ride that everyone has been talking about!

Love Monty Python, but couldn’t make it to London for their reunion show? On Wednesday at 7pm, check out Monty Python: Live (Mostly), a one-night-only rebroadcast of the legendary comedy troupe’s (likely) final performance together, filmed in front of the sold-out crowd of London’s O2 Arena.

Next Thursday, join Chicago Tribune sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom and movie critic Michael Phillips for a 25th anniversary screening of Field of Dreams. You’ll want to catch this baseball classic with your whole family.

Finally, get shell-shocked with our weekend midnight screenings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze, and dance with Fred Astaire in our matinee screenings of The Sky’s The Limit.

See you at the movies

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