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Art House Theater Day with Time Bandits, Phantasm, A Man Called Ove, The Beatles, & more!

Newsletter, Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 11:14am

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

This Saturday, celebrate Art House Theater Day at the Music Box! Art House Theater Day celebrates the cultural role art houses play in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of films and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experiences. The Music Box is proud to be a part of this year’s Art House Theater Day, mixing special nationwide screenings with Music Box exclusives.

At 1:45pm, catch a new 2K digital Restoration of Time Bandits, Terry Gilliam’s family-friendly adventure, starring the late Kenny Baker (R2-D2) in one of his finest roles. At 7pm, a free screening of A Man Called Ove, Sweden’s Official Entry for the Academy Awards, featuring a Q&A with Director Hannes Holm. This sneak preview is exclusive to Music Box Members, so don’t miss out, sign up for a Music Box Membership today! At 9:45pm, a new digital restoration of the terrifying Phantasm, presented by Fantastic Fest & Alamo Drafthouse, including bonus footage!

Plus, free swag, contests & giveaways, vintage trailers, & more!

On Friday, the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box with The Room! Tommy will host screenings of his bewildering cult sensation at 7:30pm & 11:30pm. As unpredictable in person as he is on screen, these might be the first Audience Q&As that raise more questions than answers. CLICK HERE for tickets.

Opening Friday, Nick Jonas & James Franco star in the unforgiving Goat, a searing portrayal of masculinity, violence and brotherhood in college frats. We also have Ron Howard’s hit documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years and the chilling horror Demon, playing all week.

For more Art House Theater Day fun on Saturday, our classic matinee is Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night, the Best Picture-winning screwball romance starring Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert. From 6pm to 10pm, author and film instructor Bob Moss will be in the lounge, signing copies of his newly published book, “Vibes From The Screen : Getting more enjoyment from films.”, and discussing the ways filmmakers communicate with viewers. Finally, at Midnight, do the Time Warp with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Midnight Madness shadowcast!

On Monday at 7pm, the Northwest Film Society presents The Devils, Ken Russell’s rarely-screened controversial historical drama, on 35MM. On Tuesday night, you can catch an encore presentation of Almeida Theater’s Richard III, featuring powerhouse performances from Ralph Fiennes & Vanessa Redgrave, or enjoy some comedy in the Music Box Lounge with [REDACTED]. The week wraps up on Thursday as XRT & Goose Island present Wilco in I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.

Finally, We recently asked our fans “What’s your favorite movie that you’ve never seen in a theater?”. Many chimed in, with films from every genre and every era.
We narrowed down the list to the most requested films (as well as a few personal favorites), and now it’s up to you to choose which film will be our Weekend Matinee on Nov 19th & 20th at 11:30am. VOTE HERE and who knows, in November you may finally have the big screen experience with your favorite film! The Winner will be announced on Sept 27th on the Music Box Facebook page.

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More Music Box of Horrors films & guests announced! Plus The Beyond, Phantasm, Shin Godzilla, & more!

Newsletter, Friday, September 16th, 2016, 9:01am

Hey Horror Fans,

We’re less than a month away from the Music Box of Horrors! On October 15th, the Music Box will be engulfed in 24 hours of movie madness, filled with rare screenings, special guests & more.

Appearing this year, Chicago-born director Gary Sherman will present his ultra-rare Director’s Cut of the gory shocker Raw Meat. Originally released in England, this will be the first time the Director’s Cut has played in the United States, on a 35MM print that has never been publicly screened.

Also scheduled to attend, director Jim Muro presents his gross-out Street Trash, in which an obsessed cop investigates the mysterious deaths of local hobos. Other films include a new Restoration of silent horror Seven Footprints To Satan with a live musical score, and the sexy Italian slasher Torso.

We still have a few more shocks up our sleeve, so don’t wait, Click HERE to get your pass to the Music Box of Horrors today!

In more Horror happenings, opening today is the haunting & terrifying Demon. In this contemporary take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk, a bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration. RogerEbert.com raves, “Demon ranks up there with The Witch and The Babadook as one of the best recent horror films”. Showtimes available HERE.

On Saturday, September 24th, the Music Box is celebrating Art House Theater Day with the Tall Man and a new digital restoration of Phantasm! This one-time-only screening Includes a never-before-seen sneak peek behind the scenes of the fifth and final Phantasm: Ravager and a tribute to Phantasm star Angus Scrimm. Tickets on sale now.

On October 6th, Maestro Fabio Frizzi visits the Music Box to present The Beyond: The Composer’s Cut. Director Lucio Fulci’s cult masterpiece, this screening of The Beyond will feature a new modern score, conceived & performed by original composer Fabio Frizzi and his Frizzi 2 Fulci band. VIP Tickets available, including a Meet-&-Greet with Frizzi and a signed poster.

And that’s not all! Also coming to the Music Box, the cinema’s greatest monster returns to the big screen in Shin Godzilla (Oct 11th-18th), The Field Museum joins us for Stand By Me (Sept 20th) and The Mummy (Oct 29th), The AV Club presents David Lynch’s sci-fi epic Dune, and more!

The Beatles, Demon, Blues Brothers, The Field Museum, Jonathan Safran Foer & more!

Newsletter, Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 4:39pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

This Friday, the Fab Four are coming to the Music Box! The new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years tells the story of John, Paul, George & Ringo’s exceptional touring years (1962-1966), from the perspectives of the band, its orbit, the fans, and their world. Directed by Ron Howard, the film recreates the touring experience through the eyes of the band members themselves.
The Music Box’s presentation also includes 30 minutes of bonus concert footage of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium performance, with digitally remastered sound and restored 4K picture!

Also opening on Friday, the chilling horror Demon, fresh off a hit screening at this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival. In this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk, a bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration. RogerEbert.com calls it “Stylish and clever! A unique take on Jewish legend that feels refreshingly new.”

Sunday at Noon, the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presents Body And Soul. The 1925 silent film will feature a live score from a 16-piece orchestra. Starring Paul Robeson as a malevolent minister hiding behind his religious facade, Body And Soul is a stark look at the continued struggle for equality for African Americans in America. The original score brings to life the societal ills of previous times, pushing the envelope forward to the dangers of 2016. Advance tickets are available online or at the Music Box Theatre box office.

Sunday evening, come out to the Chicago premiere of Dragonfly, a new film that explores the complicated relationship between a struggling artist and her family as they work to reconcile their turbulent past in order to make the most of their present. Featuring a Q&A with the filmmakers, Dragonfly is a completely Midwest-made, female-led feature film.

Monday night at 7pm, the hit documentary David Bowie Is returns for a One-Night-Only encore presentation. The film looks behind the scenes at the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). Tickets available HERE.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Stand By Me with The Field Museum on Tuesday, September 20th. The timeless coming-of-age story will feature an entertaining discussion with Field Museum expert Alison Paul, Youth Conservation Action Coordinator, in an evening of learning why Chicago is one of the best places to spend outdoors. Tickets now available.

Next Wednesday, Sept 21st, Unabridged Bookstore visits the Music Box for An Evening With Jonathan Safran Foer, bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, in celebration his newest novel Here I Am. A booksigning will follow the program. Tickets still available.

At Midnight this weekend, The Blues Brothers are on a mission from God (And on 35MM!) in their classic Chicago comedy. You also have two more chances to see the psychological mind-bender The Neon Demon, from the director of Drive.

Saturday morning, Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert are comic perfection in Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night, the screwball comedy that swept the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay. You can also visit some of the most stunning architecture in Rome with Saint Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome.

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Showtimes Update for DEKALOG

Newsletter, Friday, September 9th, 2016, 2:52pm

Hey film fans,

For those of you who’ve been attending our presentation of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog, we hope you’ve been enjoying what is truly a one-of-a-kind filmgoing experience.
As was probably bound to happen with a series this massive, we’ve noticed an error in some of our showtimes listings concerning the segments A Short Film About Love and A Short Film About Killing, which screen Friday & Saturday. As our e-subscribers, we want to make sure you have the correct info.

Dekalog Five – A Short Film About Killing will screen today & Saturday at 4:30pm & 9:30pm
Dekalog Six – A Short Film About Love will screen today & Saturday at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

After these screenings, Dekalog Parts 1-10 will continue to play Sept 11th-15th. Series Passes are still available.

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The New Restoration of DEKALOG is a Sight to Behold

by Patrick McGavin Friday, September 9th, 2016, 11:46am

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s staggering and monumental DEKALOG premiered at the Music Box Theatre in October 1989 as part of the Chicago International Film festival. Those showings achieved the status of an instant classic. Kieslowski was working at the height of his artistic powers. This provided an incredible showcase for Poland’s greatest actors and technical artists.

Now this extraordinary work—the director’s finest achievement—is back at the Music Box, in a beautiful 4K restoration undertaken by Janus and Criterion. Financed by Polish television, the ambitious work was constructed as a series of films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Subtly and intricately bound by its central location, a Warsaw housing complex, Kieslowski was a dark and somber ironist whose stories of fate, chance, love and vulnerability achieved a depth of expression and emotional intensity that was unforgettable.

48 Hour Film Project, Gene Wilder Tribute, Batman, Dekalog, Charlie Chaplin & more!

Newsletter, Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 11:38am

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

This Sunday & Monday, the 48 Hour Film Project takes over the Music Box, celebrating its 12th anniversary! Over 50 teams of local filmmakers have created an 8 minute short film in only 48 hours to create an 8 minute short film. Their work will premiere in special showcases, and audiences will also get in on the fun voting to select the Audience Choice Award, which will then screen with local celebrity judge’s choices at the Best Of Chicago Screening on Thursday, Sept 15th. Check out the Full Schedule & see some great local talent before they hit the big time.

On Tuesday, Sept 13th, the Music Box celebrates the life & legacy of Gene Wilder with a Double Feature of two of his most beloved films: the fanciful children’s classic Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory at 7pm and one of the best comedies in cinema Blazing Saddles at 9:15pm. One ticket gets you two great films from a timeless performer.

At Midnight this Friday & Saturday, one of the Dark Knight’s most acclaimed stories hits the big screen in Batman: The Killing Joke. Musician & Music Box Projectionist Daniel Knox will host a special pre-show featuring rare clips, interviews and short films, beginning at 11:45pm. Also at midnight, encore screenings of the thriller The Neon Demon.

Saturday at Noon, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Charlie Chaplin’s heart-wrenching comedy The Kid, featuring a live score from Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ.

Also this week, additional screenings for the masterful Dekalog anthology (Full Schedule HERE), Werner Herzog’s intriguing new documentary Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, and Music Box Films’ charming Mia Madre.

On Sunday, the Dog Film Festival comes to Chicago. Starting at 11:30am, you can catch two great short film programs featuring man’s best friend! Best of all, part of every ticket sold goes to PAWS Chicago, helping dogs in need go to loving homes.

And if you can’t make it out this Thursday for Nick Cave in One More Time With Feeling, don’t worry! We’ll have encore screenings this Friday through Sunday at 9:30pm.

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Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog, The Apartment, Music Box Films presents Mia Madre, & more!

Newsletter, Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 6:24pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening this week, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s awe-inspiring Dekalog, often hailed as one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human.
The Chicago Tribune calls Dekalog “An overwhelming psychological and spiritual epic for our times”, while The New York Times hailed it as “A masterwork of modern cinema”.

Dekalog is being presented in Five Parts, each consisting of two sections. Dekalog can be viewed in any order, and Series Passes are available for only $35 ($30 for Music Box Members). Tickets to individual screenings are also available.

Also opening Friday, acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in Mia Madre. The newest release from Music Box Films finds a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis, including managing a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production. Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Guardian calls Mia Madre “Beautifully observed and delicately balanced…this is Moretti at his interpersonal best”.

Our Oscar-Winning Comedies matinee series continues with Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine are pitch-perfect in this charming romantic comedy that’s not afraid to address the darker side of life & love (with Wilder’s razor-sharp wit, of course).

At Midnight this Friday & Saturday, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal masterpiece Santa Sangre on 35MM. Plus, encore screenings of the horror thriller The Neon Demon!

Also this week, daily screenings of Werner Herzog’s investigation into the evolving future of the Internet Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Next Wednesday, Is It Still Funny presents Hal Ashby’s dark romantic comedy Harold And Maude. On Thursday, September 8th, director Andrew Dominik goes into the studio with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in One More Time With Feeling.

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Werner Herzog’s New Documentary, Redford & Newman in The Sting, Neon Demon, and more!

Newsletter, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, 3:42pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening this Friday, legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Informative, wry, and presented in a way that only Herzog is capable of, The Playlist calls Lo And Behold, “A masterful inquiry into technological evolution.”

Also playing, Mike Birbiglia takes a heartfelt & hilarious look at the lives of improvisors in Don’t Think Twice. The hit indie comedy of the summer, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune calls it “Genuinely sharp, funny and bracingly honest”. Screenings have been selling out, so get your tickets now.

At midnight this Friday & Saturday, beauty comes with a price in Los Angeles in The Neon Demon, the new horror thriller from Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). On Friday night, Consequence of Sound presents gnarly ’90s flick Airborne, a coming-of-age tale about how rollerblading helps you be yourself (With a little help from Seth Green).

Our next weekend matinee series celebrates the rare Best Picture-Winning Comedies from the Oscars’ history. This Saturday & Sunday, Paul Newman and Robert Redford are in top form as a pair of 1930s Chicago conmen in the charming The Sting. And with its unforgettable score, we guarantee you’ll be humming as you leave the theater!

In anticipation of their upcoming production of The Love Potion (Le Vin Herbe) at the Music Box, beginning September 30th, the Chicago Opera Theater presents a special screening of François Truffaut’s forbidden romance The Woman Next Door. Starring Gérard Depardieu as a man embroiled in an illicit affair, The Woman Next Door screens Tuesday, August 30th at 7:30pm. Get tickets today.

You can also stop by the Music Box Lounge for some staged readings! On Sunday, Interrobang Theatre Project kicks off their 7th season with a staged reading of Diablo Cody’s Oscar-winning script for Juno. Next Tuesday, [REDACTED] gives a certain Michael J. Fox monster comedy a much needed rewrite.

Finally, have you seen our next Film Calendar? Packed with great Films & Special Events, including The Music Box of Horrors, Ron Howard’s new documentary on The Beatles, The Room with Tommy Wiseau in person, Begotten with director E. Elias Merhige in person, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog, The 48 Hour Film Project, David Bowie Is, and events with The A.V. Club, The Field Museum, Unabridged Bookstore & much more! Not to mention the Dog Film Festival AND CatVideoFest!

CLICK HERE to check out the Full Calendar.

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Noir City, Don’t Think Twice, John Wick, The Misfits, and more!

Newsletter, Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 11:28pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

This Friday, Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box for the 8th great year! We’ll be joined by the Film Noir Foundation for a week of classic films, with revival screenings & rarities not available on DVD or streaming networks. All screenings are presented on 35MM, including new restorations and archival prints.

Opening night kicks off with Miller’s Crossing, the Coen Brothers tribute to the gangster films of the golden age of noir. Unfortunately, previously announced guest Jon Polito has had to cancel for health reasons, and we send our best wishes for his recovery. In his absence, we’ll be screening exclusive interview footage with Mr. Poltio & Alan K. Rode. Plus, an Opening Night after-party in the Music Box Lounge, with live music & prohibition-themed cocktails!

Other festival highlights include an original 35MM print of the star-studded anthology Flesh and Fantasy, genre mainstays Kirk Douglas & Lauren Bacall in Young Man with a Horn from director Michel Curtiz (Casablanca), and Barbara Stanwyck’s Oscar-nominated performance in the suspenseful Sorry, Wrong Number.

Check out the Full Schedule & more festival highlights below, and get your tickets today! Don’t forget, all screenings on Monday-Thursday are Double Features.

We also have daily screenings of Don’t Think Twice, the hit indie comedy from Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me) and Ira Glass (This American Life), and additional shows for the new restoration of John Waters’ trash classic Multiple Maniacs and the shocking documentary Tickled.

At Midnight this Friday & Saturday, Keanu Reeves is out for revenge in John Wick, featuring some of the best down-and-dirty practical action scenes in recent years, a welcome change from CGI-saturated blockbusters. Also on Friday, the quack attack is back in Disney’s D2: The Mighty Ducks, presented by Consequence of Sound.

Our Marilyn Monroe Matinee Series wraps up this weekend with Arthur Miller’s poignant modern Western The Misfits. Featuring the last big screen performances from Ms. Monroe and fellow icon Clark Gable. Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am.

Finally, our new Film Calendar is out now! Featuring info on upcoming films & special events, including The Music Box of Horrors, Oscar-Winning Comedy Matinees, The Room with Tommy Wiseau in person, Begotten with director E. Elias Merhige in person, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s masterwork Dekalog, an encore presentation of David Bowie Is, and events with Chicago Opera Theater, The A.V. Club, The Field Museum, Unabridged Bookstore & much more!
CLICK HERE to view out the Full Calendar

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Noir City: Chicago returns this Friday!

Newsletter, Monday, August 15th, 2016, 12:11pm

Hey Noir fans,

This Friday, Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box for the 8th great year! We’ll be joined by the Film Noir Foundation for a week of classic films, with revival screenings & rarities not available on DVD or streaming networks. All screenings are presented on 35MM, including new restorations and archival prints.

Opening night kicks off with Miller’s Crossing, the Coen Brothers contemporary tribute to the gangster films of the golden age of noir. Unfortunately, previously announced guest Jon Polito has had to cancel for health reasons, and we send our best wishes for recovery to Mr. Poltio. In his absence, we’ll be screening exclusive interview footage with Mr. Poltio & Alan K. Rode at a previous Film Noir Foundation screening of Miller’s Crossing. Plus, an Opening Night after-party in the Music Box Lounge,

Other festival highlights include an original 35MM print of the star-studded anthology Flesh and Fantasy, genre mainstays Kirk Douglas & Lauren Bacall Young Man with a Horn from director Michel Curtiz (Casablanca), and Barbara Stanwyck’s Oscar-nominated performance in the suspenseful Sorry, Wrong Number.

We still have a few Noir City Festival Passes available, and don’t forget, all screenings on Monday-Thursday are Double Features.

Check out the Full Schedule & more festival highlights below, and get your tickets today!

Don’t Think Twice, John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs, Rocky Horror Picture Show, & more!

Newsletter, Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 10:01pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

The new comedy Don’t Think Twice is quickly becoming the indie hit of the summer! Mike Birbiglia’s funny & thoughtful examination on friendship, failure, and growing up is a critical and commercial smash. And given that this week included an unscheduled appearance by actress Gillian Jacobs, who knows what could happen this weekend!

Opening Friday, a new restoration of Multiple Maniacs! John Water’s rarely seen trash classic finally gets a theatrical release, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.

Also opening Friday, the charming animated adventure Phantom Boy. The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets New York. Premiering earlier this summer at our Chicago French Film Festival, RogerEbert.com calls Phantom Boy “Delightful! Visually striking and surprisingly moving!”

Our midnight screenings on Friday include Sylvester Stallone as an arm-wrestling trucker dad in Over The Top and Tommy Wiseau’s fascinating disaster The Room. On Saturday, the Midnight Madness shadowcast presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show, because no remake will ever capture the magic of the original. All midnight films presented on 35MM!

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns with The Docks of New York, Josef von Sternberg’s blue-collar romance. The presentation will feature a live score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist. Get your tickets now for this Saturday at Noon.

On Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, go inside the Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders in Milan, a major influence on has drawn major artists from the international music scene. Also this weekend, catch the unsettling documentary Tickled on Saturday & Sunday afternoon.

Finally, Noir City: Chicago 8 returns in one week! The Film Noir Foundation will host a week of 35MM screenings of Noir classics and rare films, many not available on DVD or streaming services. Opening night includes the underrated Coen Brothers gangster picture Miller’s Crossing, while other highlights include a new restoration of Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems), an original print of the star-studded Flesh and Fantasy, and Kirk Douglas as a troubled musician in Young Man With the Horn. Check out the Full Schedule & get your tickets today. Scroll down for more festival highlights.

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Gillian Jacobs is coming to the Music Box TONIGHT!

Newsletter, Monday, August 8th, 2016, 11:39pm

Happy Tuesday Music Boxers, and WHAT a Tuesday it will be!

We just received word that Gillian Jacobs is visiting the Music Box tonight for her new film Don’t Think Twice! The star of Community and Netflix’s Love will host a live Q&A after tonight’s 7:30pm screening of Mike Birbiglia’s hit comedy.

Rated an astounding 99% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, the Chicago Tribune calls Don’t Think Twice “Genuinely sharp, funny and bracingly honest”, while The Village Voice hails it as “The summer’s funniest movie”!

Don’t Think Twice, featuring a Q&A with Gillian Jacobs
Tuesday, August 9th at 7:30pm
CLICK HERE to purchase Tickets.

And scroll down to see more great special events heading your way in the next couple months, including Noir City, Jonathan Safran Foer, Tommy Wiseau, and more!

Don’t Think Twice, Norman Lear, Bad News Bears, Showgirls, & more!

Newsletter, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, 8:29am

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Thanks to everyone who made Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice a smash hit last weekend! Produced by Ira Glass, this tender and funny tale of a group of comedians is a must-see for anyone who’s ever struggled with success, failure, and growing up. Rated 100% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, the Chicago Tribune calls Don’t Think Twice “One of the best films of the year”.

Opening Friday, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a candid look at the most influential writer and producer in the history of television. Hear behind-the-scenes stories about All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude and more from the man who was there, and get a look at the personal life that fuels Mr. Lear’s creativity. Featuring interviews with George Clooney, Rob Reiner, Jon Stewart and more, The Huffington Post calls it “Stunning! A dynamite documentary.”

We also have daily screenings of the unnerving hit documentary Tickled, and special weekend presentations of the Terrence Malik-produced Almost Holy, the story of a German priest fighting against child homelessness. The Village Voice calls Almost Holy “The best superhero vigilante movie of the year”!

At Midnight this Friday & Saturday, Channing Tatum hits the stage in Magic Mike XXL (which may have been the Best Movie of 2015). And on Friday at Midnight, before Book of Mormon, South Park creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone starred in the sports comedy BASEketball, presented by Consequence of Sound.

Our Marilyn Monroe Matinees continue with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a musical romp aboard a luxury liner with Marilyn & Jane Russell, including the iconic number “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”.

On Monday, Author Dan Epstein and WGN’s Nick Digilio present The Bad News Bears! Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ultimate underdogs with this One Night Only screening. They don’t make kids movies like this any more!

Next Wednesday, Cinema Slapdown takes on it’s toughest case, the notoriously schlocky flop Showgirls. Starring Saved By The Bell’s Elizabeth Berkley as a stripper trying to make it big, is it a deranged piece of camp or a misunderstood subversion or American ideals? Come to the Music Box on August 10th at 7pm to find out.

Next Thursday, August 4th, Ralph Fiennes stars as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain in Richard, filmed on the stage of London’s Almeida Theatre. Co-starring Vanessa Redgrave. CLICK HERE to get tickets today.

Finally, don’t forget to grab your passes for Noir City: Chicago 8! This year’s festival includes an Opening Night presentation of the Coen Brothers’ 90s noir Miller’s Crossing, while the rest of the fest features classics, rarities & restorations starring screen greats Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, and many more. CLICK HERE for the Full Schedule & get your tickets today!

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Don’t Think Twice with Ira Glass Q&As, Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline, and more!

Newsletter, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 11:51am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

This weekend, the Music Box Theatre is thrilled to host This American Life’s Ira Glass in person for Opening Weekend of Don’t Think Twice, the critically-acclaimed new comedy from Mike Birbiglia! Mr. Glass last appeared at the Music Box in 2012 with Mike Birbiglia’s indie hit Sleepwalk With Me, selling out shows all weekend.

Co-presented by WBEZ, Mr. Glass will host Audience Q&As after all screenings of Don’t Think Twice on Saturday, July 30th, as well as the 2pm screening on Sunday, July 31st. CLICK HERE to get your tickets today! Don’t Think Twice showtimes through Thursday, August 4th are available below.

Also opening this week, from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry comes Microbe and Gasoline, a touching story of an unlikely friendship. Rated 91% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, Time Out calls it “A winsomely grounded coming-of-age tale that makes the most of [Gondry’s] talents.”

At midnight this Friday & Saturday, acclaimed Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci stars in the blood-soaked epic A Cat In The Brain as a director being driven insane by his own movies. On Friday, Consequence of Sound presents the stylish thriller The Guest starring Dan Stevens as a mysterious stranger who’s a long way from Downton Abbey!

Our weekend matinees include Marilyn Monroe in the sexually-charged Technicolor thriller Niagara, and Todd Solondz’s subversive comedy Wiener-Dog.

Also this week, daily screenings of Tickled, the new documentary that must be seen to be believed, and the relentlessly joke-filled parody Airplane! takes flight on August 3rd with the Is It Still Funny series.

Finally, don’t forget to grab your passes for Noir City: Chicago 8! This year’s festival includes an Opening Night presentation of the Coen Brothers’ 90s noir Miller’s Crossing, while the rest of the fest features classics, rarities & restorations starring screen greats Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, and many more. CLICK HERE for the Full Schedule & get your tickets today!

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NPR’s Ira Glass returns to the Music Box for DON’T THINK TWICE!

Newsletter, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 9:23am

Hey Music Boxers,

This weekend, the Music Box Theatre is thrilled to host This American Life’s Ira Glass in person for Opening Weekend of Don’t Think Twice, the critically-acclaimed new comedy from Mike Birbiglia! Mr. Glass last appeared at the Music Box in 2012 with Mike Birbiglia’s indie hit Sleepwalk With Me, selling out shows all weekend.

Co-presented by WBEZ, Mr. Glass will host Audience Q&As after all screenings of Don’t Think Twice on Saturday, July 30th, as well as the 2pm screening on Sunday, July 31st.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today!

Chicago French Film Festival, Princess Mononoke, Ira Glass in person, & more!

Newsletter, Monday, July 18th, 2016, 7:05pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

This Friday, the Chicago French Film Festival returns to the Music Box for the 6th great year! From July 22nd-28th, the Music Box Theatre, Music Box Films & the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago present a dozen of France’s best new films, including premieres, sneak previews, anniversary screenings, & more!

Highlights of this year’s festival includes our Opening Night screening of the off-the-wall fantasy The Brand New Testament (An upcoming release from Music Box Films), a 30th Anniversary presentation of Scene of the Crime starring Catherine Deneuve, sneak previews of Michel Gondry’s coming-of-age tale Microbe and Gasoline and the animated adventure Phantom Boy, and much more! A special Opening Night Reception will be held in the Music Box Lounge & Garden from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Friday, exclusively for Festival Passholders.
Check out the Full Schedule & more Festival Highlights below, and CLICK HERE to get your Festival Pass! Advance Tickets to individual screenings are also available.

Also playing this week, Todd Solondz’s dark comedy Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy & Tracy Letts, the shocking & surprising documentary Tickled, and Life, Animated, the touching, triumphant documentary about a young boy who finds his voice in the most unlikely of places: Disney movies.

At Midnight this weekend, Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli’s epic historical fantasy Princess Mononoke, the highest-grossing film in Japan of 1997. Co-presented by The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Check out the fest lineup & grab your pass at Princess Mononoke this Friday & Saturday at Midnight.

On Friday, the Consequence of Sound cult midnight series continues with Black Dynamite, the hilarious ode to 70s blaxploitation about the most bada** motherf***** to get the trash off our streets.

Thanks to everyone who came out this past weekend for Summer on Southport, and visited us in the Music Box Lounge & Garden! Did you know that the Lounge & Garden are available for private events, and we’d love to host your party/reception/summertime get-together/box social/etc? For more information, please e-mail Drake@MusicBoxTheatre.com.

And don’t forget, next weekend This American Life’s Ira Glass hosts screenings of Don’t Think Twice. In the new comedy from Mike Birbiglia, a popular New York City improv troupe realizes that it might be time to leave the stage. Co-presented by WBEZ, Mr. Glass will host audience Q&As on Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st. Tickets on sale now.

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All-star Shakespeare comes to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Friday, July 15th, 2016, 6:09pm

Hey theater lovers,

Fresh off our presentations of NTL’s Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, and Silent Shakespeare with Chicago Humanities Festival, our celebration of The Bard continues this summer, with a pair of special presentations featuring some of today’s finest Shakespearean actors!

This Wednesday, July 20th at 7pm, from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre comes Shakespeare Live, a joyful production to mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. With appearances by David Tennant (Dr. Who), Catherine Tate (The Office) Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Ian McKellen(Lord of the Rings), Helen Mirren(The Queen), musician Rufus Wainwright, Prince Charles (Not a great actor, but he’s doing his best), and many more, this unique event celebrates Shakespeare’s extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms – from Opera to Jazz, Dance to Musical. Tickets on sale now.

On August 11th at 7pm, Ralph Fiennes stars as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain in Richard III! The Almeida Theatre in London makes its screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Shakespeare’s powerful tale of power and corruption. Directed by Olivier-winning Rupert Goold, and costarring Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. Tickets on sale now.

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Wiener-Dog with Todd Solondz Q&A, Life Animated with director Q&A, Free Looney Tunes, & more!

Newsletter, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, 4:20pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening this Friday, the latest hilariously biting comedy Wiener-Dog. Director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome To The Dollhouse) will be at the Music Box on Saturday at 7:00pm to discuss this tale of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, including Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito and Julie Delpy. Tickets for Saturday night are available now.

Also opening Friday, the inspirational documentary Life, Animated, the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until his family discovered a way to communicate by immersing themselves in Disney animated films. Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams (Music By Prudence) will participate in a Q&A on Friday night at 7:20pm, hosted by filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams). Tickets for Friday night are available now.

This Saturday & Sunday, celebrate the Southport Art & Music Festival at the Music Box! We’re screening FREE Looney Tunes on 35MM from 11am – 2:30pm both days, with a variety of local breweries, wineries and distilleries offering FREE tastings in the Lounge and Garden. Get in early and enjoy our specialty Bloody Mary Bar, or cool off in the afternoon with a Sangria Bar. Fun for the whole family, enjoy a break from the outdoor festivities with your favorite brew and classic cartoons on the big screen!

Our midnight films this weekend include our monthly screenings of cult favorites The Room and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Consequence of Sound-hosted screening of 70’s actioner The Warriors, and an encore presentation of Belladonna of Sadness, in a stunning new 4k Restoration.

Also this week, daily afternoon screenings of the captivating documentary Tickled, weekend matinees of Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, and a special presentation next Wednesday of Shakespeare Live!, featuring an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, David Tennant, Helen Mirren, and more!

Finally, we’re a little more than a week away from the 2016 Chicago French Film Festival! From July 22nd-28th, the Music Box & the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago are celebrating the best in new French films, with premieres, sneak previews, anniversary presentations and more! Don’t forget to get a Festival Pass, which gets you into our special Opening Night Reception and every film during the festival!

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The Chicago French Film Festival begins July 22nd!

Newsletter, Monday, July 11th, 2016, 4:14pm

Bonjour French Film Lovers,

In just a few weeks, the Chicago French Film Festival returns to the Music Box for the 6th great year! From July 22nd-28th, the Music Box Theatre, Music Box Films & the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago present a selection of the best new French Cinema, including premieres, sneak previews, anniversary screenings, & more!

Highlights of this year’s festival includes a 30th Anniversary presentation of Scene of the Crime starring Catherine Deneuve, sneak previews of Michel Gondry’s coming-of-age tale Microbe and Gasoline and the animated adventure Phantom Boy, and Music Box Films’ latest release, the off-the-wall fantasy The Brand New Testament!

A special Opening Night Reception will be held in the Music Box Lounge & Garden, exclusively for Festival Passholders.

Check out the Full Schedule & more Festival Highlights below, and CLICK HERE to get your Festival Pass!
Advance Tickets to individual screenings are also available.

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The Coen Brothers, Tickled, Do The Right Thing, Harold Lloyd, and more!

Newsletter, Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 3:47pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers
Over 30 years ago, the Coen Brothers breakthrough first film Blood Simple announced the arrival of an exciting new pair of voices in filmmaking, which has since yielded 20 films and an immeasurable influence on cinema and pop culture. To celebrate the new 4K digital restoration of Blood Simple, opening this Friday, we’re presenting some of our favorite films from the directors’ idiosyncratic filmography, including the Oscar-winning Fargo, the musical & melancholic Inside Llewyn Davis, the existential Palme d’Or-winner Barton Fink, and more. Check out the Full Schedule HERE.

Also playing this week, the controversial & endlessly engrossing documentary Tickled, the deep musical dive Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, and, due to popular demand, weekend screenings of the ambitious animated fantasy Belladonna of Sadness.

At Midnight on Friday & Saturday, it’s Death Wish at 120 decibels with Stunt Rock. A bunch of stuntmen moonlight as rock musicians. Much stunt, much rock. The kids will go bananas.

This weekend, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Harold Lloyd’s wild western The Kid Brother. Harold Lloyd stars as a sheriff’s milquetoast son, who has a chance to prove his bravery when rough-and-tumble con artists comes into town. Naturally, hijinks ensue, resulting in some of Lloyd’s funniest setpieces. The presentation will feature live musical accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ. Saturday, July 9th at Noon.

On Wednesday, July 13th, Columbia College Chicago’s Cinema Slapdown returns with Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee’s energetic take on race during the hottest day of the year, followed by a lively & entertaining debate on the film.

It’s summertime, have you relaxed with a drink in the Music Box Lounge And Garden? Did you know that the Lounge & Garden are available for private events, and we’d love to host your party/reception/summertime get-together/box social/etc? For more information, please e-mail Drake@MusicBoxTheatre.com.

This summer, Consequence of Sound is bringing madness to Friday nights with a special Midnight series, featuring screenings of cult classics like The Warriors, Over the Top, D2: The Mighty Ducks, and more! It all starts this Friday with the Japanese ultra-violence of Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky.

July 30th & 31st, Ira Glass, host of NPR’s This American Life, returns to the Music Box for “opening weekend of Don’t Think Twice, an intimate look at the life of improvisors, written, directed by, and starring Mike Birbiglia. Featuring an audience Q&A, Tickets on sale now.

Finally, don’t forget to get your tickets for the 2016 Chicago French Film Festival. From July 22nd-28th, this year’s festival includes a 30th Anniversary presentation of Scene of the Crime starring Catherine Deneuve, sneak previews of the animated Phantom Boy and Michel Gondry’s coming-of-age tale Microbe and Gasoline, the Music Box Films’ off-the-wall fantasy The Brand New Testament, and much more! CLICK HERE for the Film Info & Advance Tickets.

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