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Big is back, with 70MM FILM FESTIVAL: THE ULTIMATE EDITION

Newsletter, Friday, January 29th, 2016, 11:19am

Happy Friday from the Music Box,

Did our record-breaking run of The Hateful Eight in 70MM leave you wanting more grand film-going experiences? You’re in luck, as the Music Box proudly presents 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition, February 19th-March 10th!

For three weeks, we’ll embark on our biggest 70MM festival yet! You can see timeless classics in breathtaking restoration prints, treasures from the days of the 70mm blowup, and plenty of surprises, all on our massive 41 foot wide screen and 7.1 channel sound system. Thousands of pounds of film will be shipped across the country, all to provide the most immersive viewing experience possible in the best prints available.

Together, we’ll travel from the farthest reaches of the universe with 2001: A Space Odyssey & Interstellar, to raging battles across the endless desert with Lawrence of Arabia & Cleopatra, to the streets of New York City with West Side Story & Ghostbusters.

Check out the Full Schedule below, tickets are on sale now! You’ll never want to watch a movie without an overture again.

Son of Saul in 35MM! The Hateful Eight! NT Live presents Jane Eyre!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 12:46pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening tomorrow, the powerful Son of Saul, Golden Globe winner and 2016 Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The debut feature from Hungarian co-writer and director Laszlo Nemes, the Chicago Tribune gives Son of Saul 4 Stars!

Starting on Friday, we’ll be playing The Hateful Eight: Digital Presentation. If you haven’t had a chance to see Quentin Tarantino’s suspenseful western, or if you want to make a return trip to Minnie’s Haberdashery, come to the Music Box before you fill out your Oscar ballot!

Want exclusive looks behind the scenes at the Music Box, obscure film trivia, vintage posters, and more? Follow the Music Box Theatre on Instagram!

On February 2nd, you can see an encore show of National Theatre Live’s powerful production of Jane Eyre. London theatre comes to the big screen, this Tuesday at 7:15pm.

Wednesday evenings in February, enjoy free Live Music in the Music Box Lounge with SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER! Slip back through the eras with Ragtime and Jazz, every Wednesday 8pm-10pm. Admission is FREE.

Big is back, as 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition comes to the Music Box, February 19th-March 10th! Our biggest 70MM fest yet, we’ll be showing widescreen masterpieces from Hitchcock, Kubrick, Lean, Nolan, and more, taking full advantage of our new 41ft screen & 7.1 channel sound system during this 3 week cinema celebration! Check out the Full Schedule below.

See you at the movies

Hateful Eight in 70MM! Mustang! Peggy Guggenheim!

Newsletter, Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 2:40pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards! The Music Box is proud to showcase Ennio Morricone’s haunting Score & Robert Richardson’s stunning Cinematography with our beautiful 70MM print on a new 41ft screen & 7.1 channel soundsystem. And the cherry on top, Jennifer Jason Leigh received a long-overdue nomination for her role as fugitive Daisy Domergue!

Also receiving Academy recognition is France’s Mustang. An inspiring coming-of-age story, Mustang is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. And opening Jan 29th, fellow Oscar-nominee for Foreign Language Film (and Golden Globe winner) Son of Saul.

The hit documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict has been selling out shows, with audiences eager to learn more about the woman who left an indelible impact on the world of modern art. Plays daily at 2:45pm.

Our Saturday presentation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is already Sold Out, but don’t worry! On Tuesday, Feb 9th, we have another screening of this powerful new production from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, starring Dame Judi Dench. Get your tickets while you can! And if you’re looking for more theatre on the big screen, catch our encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s Jane Eyre on Tuesday, Feb 2nd.

In February, enjoy free Live Music in the Music Box Lounge with Shoot The Piano Player. Slip back through the eras with Ragtime and Jazz piano every Wednesday, 8-10PM!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the last minute to make plans. Spend a fun-filled and romantic time at the Music Box with our interactive Princess Bride and Casablanca Sweetheart Sing-A-Long.

See you at the movies

Hateful Eight in 70MM! Mustang! NT Live presents Jane Eyre!

Newsletter, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 3:18pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Our new Film Calendar is out now! Featuring films and special events through mid-March, including Golden Globe winner Son of Saul, Cinema Science with The Field Museum, Trainspotting with Sound Opinions, Valentine’s Day with Casablanca and The Princess Bride, Oscar-nominated Documentary Shorts, and much more! CLICK HERE to see the full schedule.

Have you taken the stage to Minnie’s Haberdashery yet? The Music Box is the only place in Chicago that you can see The Hateful Eight in glorious 70MM. The extended Roadshow Edition Quentin Tarantino’s twisty Western includes an overture featuring Ennio Morricone’s haunting, Golden Globe-winning score. Tickets now available through Thursday, January 21st.

Opening this Friday, the French drama Mustang is a tender coming-of-age story of five free-spirited sisters, striving to determine their own futures, with only each other to rely on. France’s official selection for the 2016 Academy Awards, The New York Times calls it, “A stunning debut feature by Deniz Gamze Ergüven.”

Also playing, afternoon screenings of the documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, a fascinating look at the influential woman at the center of the modern art movement.

On Saturday, London’s National Theatre Live comes to the big screen with a bold and dynamic production of Charlotte Brontë’s timeless masterpiece Jane Eyre.

Was your New Year’s resolution to get off the couch and make it to the cinema more often? Feed your inner film buff in 2016 with a Music Box Membership, and make the most of all the Music Box has to offer.

Miss our Midnights? Don’t worry, they’ll be back soon, and you can check out our Spring schedule for cult classics The Room and The Rocky Horror Picture Show below!

See you at the movies

The Hateful Eight: 70MM Roadshow Edition! Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict!

Newsletter, Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 3:39pm

Happy New Year, Music Boxers

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight continues to sell out shows, with people coming from near and far to check out this bloody winter western in glorious Ultra Panavision. The Music Box Theatre is now the only movie theater where you can experience the 70MM Roadshow Edition, the version Tarantino intended for audiences to see, complete with bonus footage & an overture. Get your tickets today for the filmgoing event everyone has been talking about!

Like our new 41ft screen & 7.1 channel soundsystem? Take a behind-the-scenes look at how they came to the Music Box with this Timelapse Video from Christmas Eve.

Opening Friday, the documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict delves into how this iconic figure in the modern art movement maintained her vision and became integral to the cultural upheaval of the 20th century. The New York Times calls it, “A sleek, entertaining portrait of the collector and gallerist who assembled one of the great troves of Modern art.”

We also have daily screenings of the hit documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, an eyeopening discussion between two masters of their craft, and a must-see for all cinema lovers.

Our January 12th presentation of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s The Winter’s Tale may be sold out, but don’t worry! We’ve added two more screenings of this production of Shakespeare’s powerful drama, starring Dame Judi Dench. Get your tickets before these shows sell out too!

Finally, read on below to learn more about a pair of powerful foreign films opening in January, the 2016 Golden Globe nominee Mustang and the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Son of Saul.

See you at the movies

The Hateful Eight: 70MM Roadshow Edition! Hitchcock Double Features!

Newsletter, Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 1:04pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

We hope you had a very merry holiday season! The weather may be frightful, but that won’t slow the Music Box down. Over 7,000 people have experienced our presentation of The Hateful Eight in 70MM, in glorious Ultra Panavision on our new 40 foot screen. The Roadshow Edition continues this weekend, don’t miss your chance to hear Quentin Tarantino’s crackling dialogue through our new 7.1 channel sound system. Shows have been selling, so don’t be left out in the cold, reserve your tickets today for a one-of-a-kind 70MM experience that you can only get at the Music Box!

To get the inside scoop on the Music Box 70MM experience, straight from our talented Projectionists, check out this feature story in the Chicago Tribune.

The Hateful Eight isn’t our only film drawing big crowds. The documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut dives into the week long interview between the minds behind Psycho, The 400 Blows, Vertigo, Jules & Jim, and many more cinematic landmarks. Supplemented with engaging interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, the Chicago Tribune calls Hitchcock/Truffaut “Smart, thoughtful and elegantly done.”

Don’t forget, you can make it a double feature with the classic capers The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. Thrilling, funny, romantic—these early hits from Hitchcock have it all!

A beautiful opera on a majestic floating set on the water, catch our encore presentation of The Magic Flute on Monday, Jan 4h at 7pm. You truly have to see it to believe it.

See you in 2016!

The Hateful Eight: 70MM Roadshow Edition! Hitchcock/Truffaut!

Newsletter, Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 1:31pm

Happy Holidays, Music Boxers

Spend Christmas with The Hateful Eight! After a year of speculation and preparation, Quentin Tarantino’s Golden Globe-nominated western epic rides into the Music Box, in glorious 70MM! We’re pulling out all the stops to make this the grandest cinematic experience possible, including a new 40ft wide screen, new soundsystem, limited edition film guides (while supplies last), and more! This Roadshow Edition of The Hateful Eight also includes Ennio Morricone’s magnificent overture, and additional footage not presented in the film’s digital wide release. Tickets from Christmas Day through January 3rd are on sale now, grab yours before they ride off into the sunset.

For more info on the history of 70MM and The Hateful Eight experience at the Music Box, check out our feature story on Fox32.

You have a few more days to catch The 2015 Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature! We’re playing White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life through Christmas Eve. If you’re looking for some last minute holiday revelry, Santa will be waiting for you at to sing-a-long with him at the Music Box!

Also opening on Christmas Day is Hitchcock/Truffaut, Kent Jones’ new film following the relationship between two master filmmakers. Based on the original recordings of their meeting, this documentary offers a deep examination of cinema, and features interviews with such modern-day filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson and more. Rated 96% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, Entertainment Weekly calls it “A terrific primer on an important slice of film history.”

While you’re here, make it a double feature with a classic Hitchcock caper! All week, we’ll be screening his early crime comedies The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. Breakout films for Hitchcock in America, these films showcase his knack for blending quick-wit and heart-pounding suspense.

And to all a good night!

White Christmas! It’s A Wonderful Life! The Hateful Eight! Flowers!

Newsletter, Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 1:59pm

Happy Holidays, Music Boxers

Thousands of revelers kicked off the holiday season last weekend with The 2015 Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature, singing carols with Santa and watching two beloved classics on the big screen! If Christmas shopping filled up your schedule, don’t worry, we’re playing It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas through Christmas Eve! Some shows are already sold out (Sorry if you wanted to come Saturday or Sunday!); Don’t wait longer, get your tickets today!

Tickets are now on sale for our 70MM presentation of The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s chilly western epic! Opening Christmas Day, the Music Box is presenting the extended Roadshow Edition (With extra footage!) on a brand new 40 foot screen and broadcast over a stunning new sound system.
Tickets for the first week of shows are going fast, don’t be left out in the cold, reserve your seats today for a Music Box film experience bigger and better than ever before!

Opening Friday is Flowers, Spain’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. The latest release from Music Box Films, Flowers is a touching meditation on romance and remembrance, wrapped up in a mystery.

On Monday, Dec 21st at 7:20pm, we have an encore presentation of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, brought to life in the magical stage production filmed at the Vienna State Opera House.

Also playing this week, Theeb is the powerful story of a young Bedouin boy in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. Critically-acclaimed, The Huffington Post calls Theeb “A spectacularly epic film with a wonderfully intimate human story.”

And if you’re struggling with last minute gift ideas, a Music Box Membership is a great stocking stuffer! A one-year membership includes perks like free screenings, special events, and more! To sign your favorite cinephile up for a Membership, just e-mail our Membership Manager Claire Alden at Claire@MusicBoxTheatre.com with the subject line “I Want To Give The Gift of the Music Box”.

See you at the movies

It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! Love Actually! Theeb!

Newsletter, Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 5:27pm

Happy Holidays, Music Boxers

It’s finally here! Starting Friday, celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The 32nd Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature! Join us for the beloved classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, plus Christmas caroling with Santa! So gather up your loved ones and come on down to the Music Box! Some shows are already sold out, so get your tickets today! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of Chicago’s greatest holiday traditions.

If you’d rather spend Christmas with the Griswolds or fall in love in the United Kingdom, catch this year’s Alternative Christmas Double Feature! We’re playing THE romantic comedy Love Actually and the all-too-true-to-life National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. One $10 ticket gets you into BOTH films, Tuesday 12/15 and Wednesday 12/16.

Also starting Friday is Theeb, Jordan’s official submission for the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film. Rated 95% on RottenTomatoes.com, Theeb is the powerful story of a young Bedouin boy in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

You can also catch a special presentation of Aida, the new production of Verdi’s magnificent opera, filmed at Teatro Alla Scala di Milano in Italy, and weekend screenings of the uplifting documentary Heart of a Dog.

Unfortunately, still no word on when we’ll have permission to release showtimes & ticket info for The Hateful Eight, but we’re prepping our projectors for what promises to be an amazing Music Box experience. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about tickets, you should sign up for a Music Box Membership! Advance notice about tickets is one of the many perks of being a Member.

See you at the movies

Give the Gift of the Music Box this Holiday Season, with a Music Box Membership

Newsletter, Sunday, December 6th, 2015, 9:47am

The holidays are right around the corner! Are you wondering what to get the Movie Lover in your life? Look no further, because nothing makes a better stocking stuffer than a Music Box Theatre Membership!

Becoming a Music Box Member is a great way to support tour historic theatre and receive exclusive discounts and benefits. Perks include discounted tickets to Music Box screenings & special events, free members-only screenings, refills & discounts at the concession stand & Music Box Lounge, advance ticket purchases for special events, and more! All for only $50 for a One Year Membership!

To find out more about our membership program, CLICK HERE.

To get a Membership as a gift for your favorite cinephile, e-mail our Membership Manager Claire Alden at Claire@MusicBoxTheatre.com with the subject line “I Want To Give The Gift of the Music Box”.

You can also pick up a Membership at the theatre during any of the shows in The 2015 Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature! Just sign up at the Box Office after you’re done catching It’s A Wonderful Life or White Christmas on our big screen. (Or during our Alternative Christmas showings of Love Actually & National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, if that’s more your taste)

So if you’ve been struggling to figure out what to get a friend/partner/family member/co-worker/aspiring filmmaker, the Music Box Membership is here to help. And remember, there’s no rule saying you can’t get a gift for yourself!

Tarantino and Friends! The Room! Sound of Music Sing-A-Long!

Newsletter, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 4:27pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

We’re gearing up for The Hateful Eight with our special series Tarantino & Friends! Starting Friday, you can catch screenings of Tarantino classics and the films that inspired him during the long hours at the video store. We’ve got a CoffyJackie Brown double feature, Clint Eastwood in the Dollars films, kung fu, Nazi hunters, and more. In the spirit of cinema, all of these films will be presented on 35mm!
The series also includes I Lost It At The Video Store, a special discussion & booksigning with author Tom Roston, diving into the early work of Tarantino with a panel of experts, on Tuesday, Dec 8th. Check out the full schedule below and start planning your week.

This Friday, The Room‘s Greg Sestero (“Mark” of “Oh hi Mark!” fame) returns to the Music Box! Greg will be offering a look behind-the-scenes of the modern cult masterpiece. This special presentation also includes a rare documentary, a live script reading, a Q&A and book signing. And of course, no evening would be complete without a midnight screening of the movie that started it all, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room! The event kicks off on Friday, Dec 4th at 10pm.

If you couldn’t make it out Thanksgiving weekend for The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, don’t worry! You can head for the hills with the Von Trapps again this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am.

Opening Friday, director Guy Maddin takes an epic trip into a fantasy realm in The Forbidden Room. Currently rated 94% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, Newcity calls it “An eye-popping, mind-throbbing palimpsest of film-historical apocrypha”.

We’re also playing the subversive Christmas comedy Uncle Nick, the touching Heart of a Dog (Recently shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary) and, on Monday Dec 7th, an absolutely amazing production of The Magic Flute, recorded at the 2013 Bregenz Festival.

At midnight this weekend, the Chicago premiere of The World of Kanako follows a troubled ex­-detective on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, and do the Time Warp again with The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Finally, we’re one week away from the Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature! Tickets are going fast, with some shows already sold out. Don’t miss your chance to sing with Santa and watch holiday classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas on the big screen.

See you at the movies

THE ROOM’s Greg Sestero returns to the Music Box this Friday, Tarantino, and more!

Newsletter, Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 12:43pm

Hey Room fans!

This Friday, The Room‘s Greg Sestero (“Mark” of “Oh hi Mark!” fame) returns to Music Box Theatre for a hilarious multimedia event! Greg will be discussing his book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, offering a look behind-the-scenes of the modern cult masterpiece. This special presentation also includes a rare documentary, a live script reading with audience members, a Q&A and book signing. And of course, no evening would be complete without a midnight screening of the movie that started it all, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room!

The event kicks off this Friday, Dec 4th at 10pm. Get your tickets today!

Also from the world of “So-Bad-It’s-Good”, former “Letterman” and “Simpsons” writer Steve Young presents The Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals, an evening of vintage corporate infotainment on film, meant only for the eyes and ears of company insiders. This hilarious hidden gems, some of which were produced in Chicago, can only be seen at the Music Box this Thursday, Dec 3rd at 7:30pm!

Gear up for The Hateful Eight with our Tarantino & Friends series. Starting Dec 4th, we’re playing classic Tarantino films and the genre flicks that inspired him, all on 35mm! The series also includes I Lost It At The Video Store, a special discussion & booksigning with author Tom Roston, diving into the early work of Tarantino with a panel of experts, in between screenings of The Killing and Reservoir Dogs. Check out the full schedule below.

All that and The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, Dec 5th at Midnight!

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! Sundance Shorts! The Wonders! Clue!

Newsletter, Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 4:07pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

This weekend, it’s time for The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! Released in 1965, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this beloved classic by singing your heart out with Maria at the Music Box! Our fun-filled event includes a Costume Contest, prop bags, lyrics onscreen, and the Oscar-winning musical! We hope you join us for a Chicago tradition that truly is one of our “Favorite things”!

Opening Friday is The Wonders, the 2014 Cannes Grand Prix Winner! Alice Rohrwacher’s entrancing, richly textured drama centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside. The Dissolve calls it “A charmingly naturalistic slice of life. Thoroughly enjoyable.”

Sunday at 6pm, it’s your last chance to see National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, the enrapturing new production starring Benedict Cumberbatch. One of the biggest hits ever for the NT Live program, you won’t want to miss this amazing London stage production on the big screen! Screenings have been selling out, get your tickets today.

Next Thursday, December 3rd at 7:30pm, former “Letterman” and “Simpsons” writer Steve Young hosts The Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals, an evening of vintage corporate infotainment on film, meant only for the eyes and ears of company insiders. These films, some of which were produced in Chicago, can be seen nowhere else!

Friday & Saturday at Midnight, figure out whodunit in the 80s comedy classic Clue, featuring an all-star cast of your favorite oddball actors!

On Monday, catch special presentations of inspiring horse-racing documentary Palio, from the makers of the hit Amy Winehouse doc Amy. On Tuesday, the best of Sundance comes to Chicago with the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, featuring a new short from Don Hertzfeldt & five more impressive short filmmakers. On Wednesday, the ballet The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s winter wonderland brought to life in this magical production from Wiener Staatsballett, filmed at the Vienna State Opera House in Dec 2012.

We also have more screenings of the touching documentary Heart of a Dog, the dark comedy Entertainment, the thrilling heist film Victoria, and the absolutely bonkers Dangerous Men.

See you at the movies

Entertainment! Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch! The Hallow! Sound of Music!

Newsletter, Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, 12:58pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers!

We’re a week away from the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, one of Chicago’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions! There’s still time to get tickets for you and your loved ones, put the finishing touches on your Lonely Goatherd outfit for the Costume Contest, and head on down to the Music Box. We hope you’ll join us as we sing-a-long with Julie Andrews in the beloved classic musical!

By popular demand, we’re hosting encore presentations of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, presented by National Theatre Live. You can see this stunning new production of Shakespeare’s classic Sunday, Nov 22nd at Noon and Sunday, Nov 29th at 6pm. Tickets available now!

Opening Friday, the darkly comic Entertainment follows an aging comedian in the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. Twisted and hysterical, check out RogerEbert.com’s rave review from the Chicago International Film Festival.

Also opening on Friday, the spine-tingling and genre-defying The Hallow. A family who moved into a remote mill house in the woods find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures. The LA Times praises The Hallow for “Compelling performances, eye-catching creatures and an effective blend of practical and digital effects.”

Killers. Perverts. Bikers. Before you tangle with The Hateful Eight, this weekend Drafthouse Films presents a different motley crew of the scum of the Earth in Dangerous Men. It’s a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, brain-devouring onslaught of ’80s thunder, ’90s lightning, and pure filmmaking daredevilry that must be seen to be believed. Friday at Midnight and Saturday at 11:30am & Midnight.

Also this week, we have more screenings of the funny and thoughtful Heart of a Dog, and Victoria, the gripping 140 minute heist film shot entirely in one take, with no CGI or secret cuts. There will be weekend showings of the meditative and transfixing The Assassin.

Finally, we’re a few weeks away from the annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long and Double Feature, with holiday showings of White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. Santa Claus will be at every show so you can sing-a-long with the big man himself! If you want a more contemporary Xmas, check out our Alternative Christmas Double Feature with Love Actually and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

See you at the movies

The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long returns this Thanksgiving!

Newsletter, Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 12:49pm

Hey Music Boxers!

In one week, the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long is coming back to the Music Box! One of Chicago’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions, we’re spreading the fun across TWO weekends, Nov 27th-29th and Dec 5th-6th. Sing your heart out with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp family during our presentation of this beloved, Oscar-winning musical. Don’t forget to dress for our Costume Contest for your chance to win excellent Music Box prizes!

So, after you’ve finished of turkey, head down to the Music Box for a fun-filled weekend with our Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! Full schedule listed below

Heart of a Dog! The Hateful Eight in 70mm! Silent Cinema! The Field Museum!

Newsletter, Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 11:30am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening Friday, Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog is a wry, wondrous cinematic journey through love, death and language. Centering on Anderson’s beloved dog Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists and thinkers who inspire her. Uplifting and unforgettable, this documentary is sure to leave you wanting more.

You’ve been asking for months and now, we’re pleased to finally say, Quentin Tarantino’s epic western The Hateful Eight is saddling up at the Music Box. Beginning Dec 25th, we’re pulling out all the stops (New screen! New sound system!) to give Chicago the grandest 70mm experience its ever seen.
Want to be the first to know when tickets go on sale? Sign up for a Music Box Membership! It’s one of the many benefits we’re happy to share with our loyal members. So, if you’ve been on the fence about becoming a Music Box Member, there’s never been a better time!

One of the final silent films from John Ford, Upstream plays this Saturday at Noon, presented by Second Saturday Silent Cinema! Thought lost for decades, you can see an early restored version of this vaudeville backstage drama, featuring live musical accompaniment on the famous Music Box organ!

The Field Museum visits the Music Box, to dive into the science behind the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. A Field Museum expert will look at the science behind the big screen, discussing systematics (exactly what is the creature and how do you classify it), convergent evolution (is there anyway the creature could look so human), geologic time and radiometric dating (how many mistakes can they fit into one sentence!). Don’t miss this entertaining & educational event, this Sunday at Noon!

Anime hits the big screen this week, with special screenings of the continuation of the influential sci-fi franchise The Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie and the magical The Anthem of the Heart.

Also this week, we have daily screenings of the pulse-pounding Victoria, a 140 minute white knuckler shot entirely in one take, with no CGI or secret cuts. You also have a few more chances to catch the mesmerizing The Assassin and deeply haunting Goodnight Mommy.

As the holidays get closer, don’t forget to grab your seats for two great Music Box traditions, the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long and the 2015 Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature of White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life!

Victoria! David Mitchell and Lana Wachowski! Disney’s Fantasia! Love!

Newsletter, Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 6:38pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening tomorrow, the exhilarating Victoria takes you on a wild trip, as a reluctant young woman in thrust into a bank robbery. Unfolding in real time, Victoria is shot in one single take! No cuts, no CGI, is not just a movie, it’s an experience. No less than Darren Aronofsky, director of Black Swan, exclaimed “Victoria rocked my world!”

On Sunday, join us for an evening with bestselling author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) and visionary director Lana Wachowski! Presented by Unabridged Bookstore, the two will be in conversation about David’s new novel Slade House, his previous works, literature and art, followed by a book-signing. This one-night-only event begins at 6:30pm, reserve your ticket & copy of Slade House today!

From the director of Irréversible comes the erotically charged LOVE, also opening on Friday. A passionate tale full of promises, games, excesses and mistakes, Love was an official selection at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, told with the same visual flair you’ve come to expect from director Gaspar Noe (Enter The Void)

Sunday afternoon, Walt Disney’s musical masterpiece Fantasia returns to the big screen for a 75th Anniversary presentation! An animated achievement like no other, Fantasia looks better than ever in this brand new restoration, which also features exclusive bonus content. Tickets for Sunday at 2pm are available now.

Intelligentsia Coffee hosts the Chicago premiere of Baristas, the humorous, emotional and enlightening look into the unimaginable world of coffee competitions and the passionate, lovable and quirky characters who devote their lives to them. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Baristas featured in the film, plus coffee service from Intelligentsia in the Music Box Lounge! Saturday at 2pm.

Saturday at Midnight, join us for a Special Screening of Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! ! A cocktail reception begins at 10:00pm in the Music Box Lounge with drag superstar Lucy Stoole and The Windy City Rollers, Chicago’s Premiere Roller Derby Team. Come in your best Sixties Go-Go Costume for the chance to win fabulous prizes.

We also have weekend screenings of the transfixing, Cannes award-winning The Assassin and the hauntingly sinister Goodnight Mommy.

Next week, Ghost in the Shell, one of the most iconic, sci-fi franchises of all-time, returns to the big screen with an all new action-packed, feature film that will blow audiences away, Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie.

If you couldn’t make it to one of our sold-out presentations of National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, don’t worry! We’ve added another screening on Sunday, November 22nd at Noon!

We’re a few weeks away from the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music! Head to the hills of Austria with Julie Andrews & the Von Trapps in this fun-filled, interactive event. And don’t forget to warm up your singing voice with a little “Do-Re-Mi”!

Finally, a record-breaking number of have already gotten their tickets for the Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature! If you’re already in the holiday spirit, be sure to grab your seats for our famous presentations of It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, and get ready to sing along with Santa!

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Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby! Rocky Horror! Diana Nyad! The Assassin!

Newsletter, Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 10:23pm

Happy Halloween, Music Boxers

We have a big week ahead, with one-of-a-kind Special Events and fantastic films. Many of these presentations are almost sold out, so don’t wait any longer, get your tickets today!

Kristen Wiig joins us this weekend for the premiere of her surprising, genre-bending new film Nasty Baby, followed by live Q&As! Tickets still available for the 5pm shows, the 8pm’s are Sold Out!

This Halloween, the Music Box is the only place in Chicago where you can do the Time Warp again, with The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the definitive Midnight Movie with a spectacular shadowcast. Whether you’ve been coming for decades or you’re a Rocky Horror virgin, these shows will make you shiver with antici. . . .

World-Record Swimmer Diana Nyad joins us for a discussion of her inspiring new book Find A Way, on Wednesday, Nov 4th at 6:30pm. Featuring an audience Q&A and book-signing.

The best of the London stage comes to the big screen, courtesy of National Theatre Live! Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the most iconic role in the history of theatre, in the thrilling new production of Hamlet, this Sunday & Tuesday.

Taiwan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, The Assassin is a martial arts film like none made before it. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, the LA Times calls it, “A fascinating hybrid of craft, genre and story.”

On Monday at 7pm, Oklahoma! returns to theatres for its 60th Anniversary! The classic musical looks better than ever in a breathtaking new restoration, featuring exclusive bonus footage that is sure to leave you humming.

And if you’re looking for something creepy to get you into the Halloween spirit, check out Goodnight Mommy, the sinister horror that everyone is talking about.

On Sunday, Nov 8th, join bestselling author David Mitchell (The Bone Clocks) and writer/director Lana Wachowski in conversation about David’s new novel Slade House, his previous works, literature and art. Presented by Unabridged Bookstore, a book-signing will follow the program.

This Thanksgiving, the hills are alive with the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! The fun-filled, interactive Music Box tradition returns, as families and friends get to sing their hearts out with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children.

And don’t forget, tickets for the 2015 Annual Music Box Christmas Show go on sale on Monday at Noon! Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like two Christmas classics and a sing-a-long with Santa!

See you at the movies

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Sound of Music Sing-A-Long returns this Thanksgiving!

Newsletter, Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 2:22pm

Happy Monday Music Boxers,

The wait is over! Tickets for the annual Music Box Sound of Music Sing-A-Long are now on sale! We’re bringing you two great weekends of this beloved film on the big screen, Nov 27th-29th, and special bonus presentations on Dec 5th & 6th.

Everything you love about this Music Box tradition returns, from the Costume Contest to the Prop bags, and of course, singing along with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp family in this Oscar-winning musical.

Check out our Full Schedule below, and make your Thanksgiving plans today. We hope you join us for our Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, it really is one of our “Favorite things!”

Music Box of Horrors! Experimenter! WALL-E! National Theatre Live!

Newsletter, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 5:08pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The day of reckoning is upon us, as the Music Box of Horrors returns this Saturday! 24 hours of movie madness kicks off at Noon, featuring rare screenings of the most terrifying films we could find, special guests like William Lustig & Ethan Embry, Chicago premieres, a tribute to Wes Craven, prizes, vintage trailers, vendors, and more! Passes are $30 in advance and $35 day-of, so what are you waiting for? Check out our Full Schedule and get your pass today, if you dare!

Opening Friday, Peter Sarsgaard & Winona Ryder star in Experimenter, a highly stylized and engrossing look at one of psychology’s most revealing (And most dangerous) studies of human nature. In their 3.5 star review, RogerEbert.com calls it “Bracing, original and thought-provoking.”

Friday night, The Music Box hosts Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, co-creators of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale, in discussion of their debut novel. Featuring a Q&A and book signing, this one-night-only event is sure to pull back the curtain on the mysterious town of Night Vale.

On Wednesday, Cinema Science with The Field Museum presents Pixar’s WALL-E. The fantastical tale of a lonely robot will be followed by a discussion with a Field Museum expert about the real-life science behind the scenes. It’s fun AND educational! Kids tickets only $5!

Next week there’s a double dose of National Theatre Live, London’s finest productions on the Music Box big screen. On Tuesday, love of money and love of love collide in the hilarious farce The Beaux’ Stratagem. On Thursday, Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy give stunning performances in Skylight.

On Monday at 7pm, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of My Fair Lady with a stunning new restoration, making this beloved Oscar-winning musical more “lovelier” than ever.

We also have a Sunday double feature of Attack On Titan, The Movie: Parts 1 & 2, more screenings of Goodnight Mommy and Meet The Patels, and a special Monday presentation of the James Franco-directed The Sound and The Fury.

Finally, do the Time Warp again at Rocky Horror Picture Show: Halloween Edition! Celebrate 40 years of Rocky with the Midnight Madness shadowcast. This annual Music Box tradition always sells out, so get your tickets now!

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