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The Music Box of Horrors returns Oct 24th!

Newsletter, Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 2:38pm

Hey Horror Fans!

The Music Box of Horrors returns on Saturday, October 24th at Noon, and tickets are on sale now! Our annual 24-hour marathon is going to be better than ever, with horror films ranging from classic to grotesque to spine-chilling to fan favorites to underseen oddities, all presented in the finest 35mm and digital projection. Plus, special guests, one-of-a-kind presentations, vendors, and a few surprises!

And, to whet your appetite, here are a few of the titles we’ll be showing during our 24 hours of madness:

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow – An underseen gem from genre-defining horror master Wes Craven, as part of a special tribute.
  • Deep Red (Hatchet Murders cut) – The bodies keep piling up in this vicious mystery from Dario Argento.
  • Child’s Play 2 – Chucky’s back, and he’s pissed!

Keep an eye on the Music Box of Horrors page as more films, guests and events are announced!

Tickets are only $25 until Sept 30th, when they will go up to $30, so get yours today! CLICK HERE

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Noir City! Phoenix! Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 10:48am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

In one day, Noir City returns to the Music Box! For the seventh great year, the Film Noir Foundation presents underseen classics from America’s most revered genre, many of which will be screened on 35mm. The 2015 program includes tributes to heavyweights like Robert Ryan & Barbara Stanwyck & Dan Duryea, a special Saturday night of Argentinian Noir, introductions from Film Noir Foundation experts, and much more. Check out our full schedule and get your tickets today!

Summer in Chicago is coming to a close, and there’s no better time to catch up on fantastic independent film. We have another week of screenings for Digging For Fire, the star-studded comedy from Chicago director Joe Swanberg, and the critically acclaimed Phoenix, hailed by Variety as one of the best films of 2015!

A moving tale of one of Brazil’s most celebrated authors, Paulo Coehlo’s Best Story opens on Friday. The newest release from Music Box Films traces the journey of literary guru Paulo Coehlo from humble roots to eventual emergence as the prolific author of 30 books that have sold over 165 million copies.

Royal Shakespeare Company presents their gripping new production of The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday, Sept 2nd at 7:00pm. Filmed in London, Shakespeare’s uncompromising tale of strife and revenge is being called “The RSC at the very top of its game” (Evening Standard).

Also, playing this weekend, catch our midnight showings of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, the quintessential cinematic love story between a man and his bike, and the innovative indie hit Tangerine. Our James Mason matinee series kicks off on Saturday & Sunday morning with Pandora and The Flying Dutchman.

Heading into September, come out next Friday for opening night of Meru, a thrilling expedition up the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons. Filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi will host a special Q&A after the screening. Saturday, Sept 5th at Midnight, drag superstar Lucy Stoole hosts John Waters’ Female Trouble There will be drinks, costumes, prizes and a cocktail party hosted in the Music Box Lounge & Garden.

Noir City: Chicago 7 at the Music Box! Aug 28-Sept 3

Newsletter, Monday, August 24th, 2015, 12:50pm

Hey Film Fans,

Noir City returns to the Music Box for a seventh great year! Co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation, we have a week of classic and underseen noirs as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen.

Among the offerings at Noir City: Chicago 7 are tributes to genre heavyweights like Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck & Dan Duryea, and acclaimed authors Cornell Woolrich & Dorothy B. Hughes. We’ll also be showcasing Edwardian Noir, a special Saturday night of Argentinian Noir, and as always, new 35mm restorations!

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.

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Cumberbatch in Hamlet! Mirren in The Audience! NT Live returns to the Music Box

Newsletter, Monday, August 24th, 2015, 10:55am

Hello, Theater Lovers!

This Fall, National Theatre Live returns to the Music Box in a big way, with award-winning productions featuring today’s finest thespians. If you don’t have the airfare to make it to London, you can still enjoy these marvelous productions from the comfort of Chicago!

This Wednesday, August 26th, Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) stars in Everyman. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, Everyman takes you on a mesmerizing journey into the afterlife, in an attempt to understand the universe’s big questions. An explosive and riveting production, Everyman will also have an encore screening on Sept 6th. Tickets on sale now.

Nominated for three Tony Awards, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her iconic performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in The Queen. Fresh off a successful Broadway run, the Music Box presents an encore screening of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, on Sunday, Sept 13th at Noon. Tickets on sale now.

In November, Benedict Cumberbatch takes on one of the theater’s most challenging roles, in Hamlet. Director Lyndsey Turner tackles Shakespeare’s great tragedy with an electrifying production, with Cumberbatch in the center as a young royal wrought with inner turmoil, threatening both his sanity and the security of his state. Tickets are already going fast for our November 3rd presentation, get yours today!

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Digging for Fire, with Q&As! Phoenix! National Theatre Live!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 10:43am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Jake Johnson (New Girl, Jurassic World) & dir. Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) are coming to celebrate the opening of their new comedy Digging For Fire! A favorite at this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival, Digging is a star-studded ride through a weekend of debauchery. On Saturday, Jake & Joe will host Q&As following the 7pm & 9:30pm screenings. Tickets on sale now, get yours today!

Also at the Music Box, the critically-acclaimed Phoenix. A spellbinding noir-melodrama set in postwar Berlin, RogerEbert.com calls it “An amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art.”

On Wednesday, August 26th, Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) stars in Everyman. The newest production from National Theatre Live takes you on a mesmerizing journey into the afterlife, in an attempt to understand life’s big questions. Tickets on sale now.

Did you know you can rent the Music Box? Because you can! Whether you want to screen a film in our theatres or host a party in our Lounge, we’d love to be a part of your next event. E-mail Ryan@MusicBoxTheatre.com for more information.

Our midnights this weekend include Arnold Schwarzenegger competing in a deadly 80s reality show, in the oddly prescient The Running Man, and a roaring odyssey through Los Angeles subcultures in Tangerine. The Sinister Series concludes with the original chiller Sinister.

Our Orson Welles matinee series wraps up this weekend with F For Fake, Welles’ head-scratching “documentary”, where nothing is what it seems.

Finally, we’re a week away from Noir City: Chicago 7! Catch a week of classic noirs, featuring the greatest stars of yesteryear, presented in glorious 35mm! Check out the Full Schedule and get your tickets today.

See you at the movies

Phoenix! The Look of Silence! The Room! Found Footage Festival!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 12:29pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, the Music Box is opening “Two of the year’s best films” — Variety!

In Phoenix, a concentration-camp survivor searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. Rated 98% on RottenTomatoes, Newcity hails director Christian Petzold as “A master of the cumulative power of elegant drama.”

The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s followup to the acclaimed The Act of Killing, a family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. Rated 96% on RottenTomatoes, the Chicago Reader calls it “A wrenching and unforgettable experience.”

On Friday at 9:30pm, the Found Footage Festival returns with their Salute To Weirdos! Catch this celebration of odd and hilarious VHS findings on the big screen, with live commentary from the Found Footage curators. Tickets on sale now.

At Midnight this weekend, the Sinister Series continues with free screening of the original Let The Right One In, and cult classics The Room and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Our Matinees this weekend include the Orson Welles noir Confidential Report (also known as Mr. Arkadin) and the hit indie Tangerine.

Next weekend, Jurassic World’s Jake Johnson and director Joe Swanberg join us for the opening of their new film Digging For Fire! Jake and Joe will host two Q&As on Saturday, August 22nd. Tickets on sale now!

Finally, we’re two weeks away from Noir City: Chicago, the Music Box’s weeklong celebration of film noir! Check out the Full Schedule of underseen gems from one of cinema’s most powerful genres!

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Dark Places! Cobain: Montage of Heck! Gemma Bovery! Harold Lloyd!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 10:57am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening tomorrow, Charlize Theron stars in Dark Places, based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl. Also starring Christina Hendricks and Corey Stoll, Dark Places is an ingeniously twisted thriller.

Called “One of the best music documentaries ever made” by RogerEbert.com, Cobain: Montage of Heck showcases Kurt Cobain like never before in the only ever fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Wildly creative and highly acclaimed, follow Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings.

From Music Box Films comes Gemma Bovery, a vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary. At once a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life, The Hollywood Reporter calls Gemma Bovery “A breezy and enjoyable update of the classic novel.”

At Noon on Saturday, Harold Lloyd stars in Speedy, his madcap final silent comedy. Presented by Second Saturday Silent Cinema, Speedy will be accompanied by live music by Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ!

Also this weekend, A LEGO Brickumentary delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all over the world (LEGO artwork will be on display in the Music Box Lounge!), and Orson Welles tackles Franz Kafka with his stunning adaptation of The Trial.

Our midnights this weekend include FREE screenings of The Ring (Part of The Sinister Series Seating is first come, first serve) and Nicholas Cage at his craziest in Vampire’s Kiss.

We also have more screenings of the stunning indie hit Tangerine and touching documentary I Am Chris Farley.

Finally, tickets are now on sale for Noir City: Chicago 7! Beginning August 28th, catch a week of rare classics and underseen gems, specially curated by the Film Noir Foundation. Check out the Full Schedule and get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Chicago French Film Festival! I Am Chris Farley! Aug/Sept Schedule!

Newsletter, Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 11:22pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Chicago French Film Festival returns to the Music Box, all this week! Celebrate the best in recent French cinema with a week of special presentations and Chicago premieres.
Save $18 with a Five Film Festival Pass, available on all ticketing pages. Check out the fantastic Full Schedule and more Festival Highlights below.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added more screenings of I Am Chris Farley! Featuring interviews with those who knew him best, this new documentary is a touching tribute to a comedy legend.

We also have another week screenings of acclaimed indie sensation Tangerine, the atypical Christmas tale bursting with energy and style.

At midnight this weekend, Heath Ledger & Julia Styles show why the late-90s was the golden age of teen comedies with 10 Things I Hate About You. On Saturday & Sunday, our Orson Welles matinee series continues with the mystical and mesmerizing Black Magic.

Finally, our August/September Calendar is now online! Check out the great Films and Special Events coming to the Music Box, not to mention our Midnights and Weekend Matinees, and much much more!

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Unexpected! Ghostbusters! Alleluia! I Am Chris Farley!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 12:14am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening Friday is Unexpected, a favorite at this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival! Filmed in Chicago, Cobie Smulders stars in this moving indie dramedy. Join us Opening Night for a special Q&A with director Kris Swanberg and co-writer Megan Mercier hosted by Chicago Reader film editor J.R. Jones, Friday at 7:20pm.

Also opening tomorrow, Alleluia is a dark and fascinating love-story-gone-wrong from Belgian horror maverick Fabrice du Welz. Winner of Best Picture & Best Director at Fantastic Fest, Twitch calls it “ A fire-charged thriller that spins a disturbing web of madness, jealousy, sex and murder.”

Saturday at Midnight, join the Windy City Ghostbusters for the timeless sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters! Starting at 10pm, swing by the Music Box Lounge to meet some real life Ghostbusters, get your photo taken with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and grab some Ecto-Cooler & Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka! A portion of all ticket sales will go to charity. Ghostbusters will also screen Friday at Midnight.

Next Tuesday, July 28th at 7:30pm, celebrate a Chicago legend with a one-night-only screening of the new documentary I Am Chris Farley. Featuring intimate interviews with those who knew him best, I Am Chris Farley is a touching tribute to a comedic powerhouse gone too soon.

You also have another week to catch the harrowing documentary Cartel Land and the groundbreaking indie sensation Tangerine.

On Sunday morning, National Theatre Live returns with Ralph Fiennes in Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic Man and Superman. Other matinees this weekend include Orson Welles as Shakespeare’s tragic fool Falstaff in Chimes At Midnight (50th Anniversary!), and unbelievable documentary The Wolfpack.

Finally, the 5th Annual Chicago French Film Festival kicks off in one week! Celebrate the best in recent French cinema with a week of special presentations. Check out the Full Schedule and get your tickets today!

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Vive le cinema! The Chicago French Film Festival returns July 31st!

Newsletter, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 3:32pm

Bonjour, French Film lovers!

The Chicago French Film Festival returns for the 5th wonderful year! From July 31st-Aug 5th, catch the best in French cinema, only at he Music Box!

This year’s festival includes a special tribute to director Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Color) with screenings of Black Venus, Games of Love and Chance and Blame it On Voltaire.

Other highlights include René Clément’s Oscar-winning classic Forbidden Games, Breathe, the second feature by actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), and the beautiful animated family feature The King and the Mockingbird.

A special Opening Reception will be held Friday, July 31st at 6pm in the Music Box Lounge, followed by the opening night screening of the new French thriller SK1.

Tickets for all films on sale now! Save $18 witht a Five Film Festival Pass, available on all ticketing pages. Check out the Full Schedule and more Festival Highlights below.

Co-presented by the Music Box Theatre, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Institut Francais in Paris.

Tangerine! Looney Tunes! Summer on Southport Festival! The Third Man!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 12:00am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening on Friday, Tangerine tells the story of a working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “[A] rollicking indie comedy”, join us after the 7:20pm Friday night presentation for a post-screening discussion in the Music Box Lounge, hosted by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

This Saturday & Sunday, we’re screening classic Looney Tunes for FREE! To celebrate Summer On Southport, catch Bugs Bunny & Friends on 35mm on the big screen, from 11am to 2:30pm. Music Box patrons are not required to donate to enter the S.O.S. festival (though we’re sure they’d appreciate it if you did!).

Also, be sure to visit the Music Box Lounge for special tastings from local breweries, vineyards & distilleries, and a rotating selection of local food trucks. Check out the full schedule below!

Our midnights this weekend include Part 3 of Penelope Spheeris’ groundbreaking rock and roll documentary series The Decline of Western Civilization, as well as special summer presentations of Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room and the original cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadowcast!

In The Wonderful World of Boning, writer, sex educator, and funny lady Lux Alptraum teams up with comedian friends to take a tour of classic sex education videos, where some of America’s best community theater actors teach our nation’s youth all about puberty, sexual health, and what’s happening down at the STI clinic. Catch this special presentation on Tuesday, July 21st at 8pm. Tickets on sale now.

You also have another week to catch the new restoration of the timeless film noir The Third Man, the harrowing documentary Cartel Land, and the haunting and unbelievable The Wolfpack.

Finally, the Chicago French Film Festival returns to the Music Box July 31st-Aug 6th! Highlights include a tribute to director Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue Is The Warmest Color), René Clément’s Oscar-winning classic Forbidden Games, and the beautiful animated family feature The King and the Mockingbird. Check out the Full Schedule and get your tickets today!

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Cartel Land! The Tribe! The Field Museum! Silent Cinema!

Newsletter, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, 5:39pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening this Friday, Cartel Land, winner of the 2015 Sundance Directing Award: Documentary! With unprecedented access, Cartel Land is a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy — the murderous Mexican drug cartels. Recommended by Newcity, this impressive and illuminating documentary is not to be missed!

Also opening tomorrow, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. Featuring a cast of deaf, non-professional actors, the story unfolds entirely through the non-verbal acting and sign language. A stunningly unique film, The Dissolve calls it, “a clarifying experience as a moviegoer”.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns with Way Down East, D.W. Griffith’s epic romance starring silent film queen Lillian Gish. As always, our silent film presentation will feature live accompaniment on the famous Music Box organ! Tickets on sale now.

This Sunday at 12:30pm, Cinema Science with The Field Museum presents Arachnophobia, the creepy, crawly 90s thriller from producer Steven Spielberg. Featuring a Q&A with Crystal Maier, Collection Manager of Insects at The Field Museum. Tickets on sale now.

At midnight this weekend, nothing beats the original! Take a trip to Jurassic Park on Friday & Saturday night, with 100% more Jeff Goldblum than today’s blockbusters!

You can also catch the stunning restoration of the classic film noir The Third Man and the haunting documentary The Wolfpack.

See you at the movies!

The Third Man! Yankee Doodle Dandy! A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 10:21am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening tomorrow is a brand new restoration of Carol Reed’s The Third Man. One of the finest film noirs of all time, featuring Orson Welles in an iconic supporting performance. The Vienna scenery, the zither score, the “cuckoo clock” monologue, the greatest foot chase in cinema history. . . See it all on the big screen!

Before you catch the fireworks this weekend, celebrate the 4th of July with Yankee Doodle Dandy, the Oscar-winning musical starring James Cagney! Featuring a patriotic pre-show sing-a-long! Join in the chorus on Saturday at 11:30am. Only $5 for kids 12 & under!

What do you get when you pair William Shakespeare with visionary director Julie Taymor? Magic. We’re hosting two special presentations of Taymor’s breathtaking and lush A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the highly acclaimed stage production turned into an immersive cinematic experience. See it on Sunday morning & Tuesday evening.

We also have daily screenings of the enthralling documentary The Wolfpack and weekend matinees of the hit musical Eden.

In our patriotic midnight film, Chuck Norris is a one-man-army taking on a team of terrorists in Invasion USA. 30th Anniversary!

On Wednesday, Robin Williams stars in one of his final roles in the touching and powerful Boulevard. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series, the screening will be followed by a pre-taped Q&A with director Dito Montiel.

Finally, Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns on July 11th with Way Down East, D.W. Griffith’s thrilling romance starring Lillian Gish. Featuring live accompaniment from the Music Box organ! Get your tickets today.

See you at the movies!

Eden! The Decline of Western Civilization! National Theatre Live!

Newsletter, Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 11:31am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Eden an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris, following the life of a French DJ. The Chicago Reader gives Eden 4 Stars, calling it “An epic made from the inside out.”

On Saturday night, director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World) presents her landmark rock documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization: Parts I & II, followed by a Q&A! Tickets for this one-night-only Double Feature are only $12, get your tickets now.

We also have another week of screenings for The Wolfpack, the haunting and engrossing documentary hit that must be seen to be believed!

Hey Theatre Fans! Now playing at Victory Gardens Theater, THE WHO AND THE WHAT, the funny & insightful new play from 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. On June 27th, Music Box Patrons can receive discounted tickets when they use the Promotional Code “MUSICBOX”. Don’t miss this excellent show!

Our midnights this weekend include the new crime thriller 7 Minutes and an encore presentation of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.

Our weekend matinees include A View From The Bridge, the acclaimed new production from National Theatre Live, and Orson Welles’ powerful Shakespeare adaptation Othello.

Our Docs At The Box series wraps up on Tuesday, June 30th, with Guidelines, a powerful documentary that follows a year in the lives of students in a Canadian high school.

Finally, before you watch the fireworks, spend your 4th of July with Yankee Doodle Dandy! Our special presentation of this rousing musical includes a patriotic pre-show Sing-A-Long! Get your tickets today and join the chorus.

See you at the movies

Music at the Movies!

Newsletter, Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 4:28pm

Hey Music lovers,

This week at the Music Box, it’s all about the music! We’ve got director Penelope Spheeris in-person, hosting special screenings of her landmark rock docs The Decline of Western Civilization Parts I & II, captivating documentaries about peerless icons Kurt Cobain and Nina Simone, and we’re opening the new film Eden, an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris in the era of Daft Punk.

Don’t miss out on these limited screenings, see below for more information, and get your tickets now.

The Wolfpack! Cinema Science presents The Birds! Soaked In Bleach!

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 3:08pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, The Wolfpack, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize! A mesmerizing documentary from director Crystal Moselle about escaping into cinema, TimeOut Chicago calls it “terrifically compelling”.

On Saturday at 2pm, Cinema Science with The Field Museum presents Alfred Hitchcock’s erie tale of terror from above, The Birds. This special presentation includes a lively discussion with a Field Museum Ornithologist. Tickets on sale now.

We also have daily screenings of the indie rom-com Results, the touching dark comedy The Farewell Party, and the lively fashion documentary Iris.

For our midnights this weekend, bring your spoons on Friday for The Room and your stilettos on Saturday for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadowcast. We’re also showing The Stranger, the grisly new flick from Eli Roth on both nights!

Our Orson Welles matinee series continues with the gripping noir Touch of Evil, featuring one of the most iconic opening shots in film history!

Next week, we have two new documentaries about a pair of the most iconic names in music. On Tuesday, our Docs At The Box series continues with the illuminating look at Nina Simone’s life What Happened, Miss Simone. On Wednesday, Soaked in Bleach examines the final days of Nivana’s Kurt Cobain.

The week wraps on with a double feature of the landmark rock documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization: Parts I & II, featuring a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris, on Saturday, June 27th! $12 for two great films, tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Results! The Farewell Party! Magnificent Ambersons!

Newsletter, Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 11:33am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening tomorrow, catch Results, the new comedy from Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess), starring Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce! The RedEye calls it “a funny, appealing look at loneliness and the motivations behind life’s little fixes.” Stick around after the Friday 7:30pm screening for a lively discussion of the film in the Music Box Lounge, led by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com!

Also opening on Friday is The Farewell Party, a compassionate dark comedy about life and death, and knowing when to say goodbye. Variety calls it “Poignant and provocative.”

Hey Theatre Fans! Now playing at Victory Gardens Theater, THE WHO AND THE WHAT, the funny & insightful new play from 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. On June 27th, Music Box Patrons can receive discounted tickets when they use the Promotional Code “MUSICBOX”. Don’t miss this excellent show!

Our Orson Welles matinee series continues with The Magnificent Ambersons, Welles’ follow-up to Citizen Kane, about a family unwilling to change their way of life with the times. An underseen classic!

At midnight this Friday & Saturday, David Lynch takes us to the seedy underbelly of suburbia with Blue Velvet. Show up early on Saturday for A Celebration of David Lynch, presented by Consequence of Sound. The Music Box Lounge will be transformed with themed David Lynch artwork, baked goods, photo opportunities and drink specials to further bring this auteur’s cinematic elements to life. Seating is limited.

We also have weekend screenings of the mesmerizing new 4K Restoration of The Apu Trilogy and Albert Maysles’ hit fashion documentary Iris.

Our other midnight films include the ferocious animal adventure Roar and the terrifying documentary The Nightmare.

On Tuesday, our Docs At The Box series continues with 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, winner of a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Social Impact.

See you at the movies!

The Apu Trilogy! Serge Bromberg! Citizen Kane!

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 10:41pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

The new music film Eden opens June 26th at the Music Box, but if you can’t wait that long, catch a FREE screening tonight at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A with writer Sven Hansen-Løve and actor Felix De Givry! Tickets are limited, RSVP now.

Opening this Friday, Satyajit Ray’s masterwork The Apu Trilogy returns to the big screen, in a stunning new 4K Restoration! The three films are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover. But don’t take our word for it: No less than Akira Kurosawa exclaimed “Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or the moon.”

Also opening Friday, from the director of Room 237 comes the haunting new documentary The Nightmare, a look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis. Vulture calls it “One of the most intriguing’ — and most discussed — films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.”

Saturday at 7:30pm, we’re pleased to host acclaimed showman Serge Bromberg for Retour De Flamme (Back From The Flames)! In this unique one-man-show, Serge Bromberg introduces classic silent films and accompanies them on the piano. Retour de Flamme is a must-see for anyone who wishes to embark on a cinematic exploration, a magic and incerdibly entertaining journey through time and the history of cinema. Tickets available now.

Friday night, catch the great filmmakers of tomorrow with DePaul University Premiere Night, a celebration of the best student-made films of the past year at DePaul. This event is FREE and open to everyone!

Citizen Kane, commonly cited as the greatest film ever made, plays this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, kicking off our summer matinee series WELLES AT 100, a celebration of the centennial of Orson Welles!

At midnight this weekend, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role he was born to play with Terminator 2. We also have daily screenings of the fashion documentary Iris from director Albert Maysles, and, back by popular demand, the Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me.

Our Get Real: Docs At The Box documentary series continues on Tuesday, June 9th, with The Russian Woodpecker. Winner of the Sundance 2015 World Documentary Prize, the film is a spellbinding trip down the rabbit hole of Cold War conspiracy theories.

See you at the movies

Back From The Flames: Silent Cinema with Serge Bromberg

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 1:26pm

FREE MOVIE: See the new indie comedy Fishing Naked for free this Fri-Sun!

Newsletter, Friday, May 29th, 2015, 3:13pm

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