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Easter Weekend with Willy Wonka!

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 6:02pm

This Easter, you have a Golden Ticket to the Music Box! Join Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe on an unforgettable interactive journey with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Roald Dahl’s beloved tale comes to magical, musical life as you end a world of pure imagination. Pig out on snozzberries, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in the fun!

Our Play-A-Long show includes an audience participation guide & goody bag. Summon the Oompa Loompas, blow bubbles while Charlie tastes his Fizzy Lifting Drink, sing along with your favorite songs, and much more!

Tickets are available now. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for Children 12 & under, and $10 for Music Box Members.

See you at the Chocolate Factory!

New Horror with Director Q&As!

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 12:43pm

Hey Horror Fans,

Wicked things are coming to the Music Box this spring, with visiting Directors premiering new horror flicks, our famous cult classics, and more!

This Friday & Saturday at Midnight, catch the Chicago premiere of Emelie, featuring a Q&A with director Michael Thelin! A couple’s replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities. Featuring a tour-de-force performance from Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time), Emelie is a multidimensional, nail-biting thriller that proves trust can be the most deadly of weapons.

On April 15th, director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) will visit the Music Box for her new film The Invitation. In this erie psychological thriller, a dinner party turns ominous as a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. Variety calls it “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread”. Kusama will host an audience Q&A after the 7pm screening, so get your tickets today.

On April 10th, it’s the 90s giant creature feature Tremors in our Cinema Science with The Field Museum series! Battle the giant bugs with Kevin Bacon, then stick around for a discussion with a Field Museum expert about the real life science at play in the film. Trust us, there’s a lot to talk about with this one!

We also have plenty of fantastic & frightening events headed your way in the coming weeks, including Patrick Stewart in the wickedly fun horror-thriller Green Room (Opening April 22nd), a special presentation of John Waters’ camp classic Serial Mom (April 23rd), and more Midnight mayhem with the terror anthology Southbound (From the makers of V/H/S) & the long-awaited return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Chimes at Midnight! Creative Control! Citizen Kane! The Room!

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 3:39pm

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening this week, a brand new restoration of Orson Welles’ Chimes At Midnight. Unavailable for decades, this brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Welles’s lifelong obsession with the Bard’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend to King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. The New York Times says Chimes, “May be the greatest Shakespearean film ever made, bar none.”

Set 5 minutes in the future, Creative Control is a sci-fi comedy about a young man uses a pair of virtual-reality glasses to have an affair with a hologram of his buddy’s girlfriend. Unwittingly, fantasy and reality begin to blur. Director/writer/actor Benjamin Dickinson will be at select screenings for opening weekend!

Our Classic Film Weekend Matinees return this weekend with more of Orson Welles’ unparalleled cinematic vision in Citizen Kane! It’s the perfect kickoff for our 75th Anniversary of 1941: The Year in Film, and the coming weeks will see classics like Hitchcock’s Suspicion, Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, and more!

Two of our most celebrated cult Midnight films return to the Music Box for the first time in months, with the hilariously awful The Room on Friday & The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, on Saturday! And, on BOTH nights at Midnight, the chilling new horror Emelie with Director Michael Thelin in-person for audience Q&As.

Also playing this week, the 25th Anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday and Oscar-nominee Embrace of the Serpent.

See you at the movies

Embrace of the Serpent! Only Yesterday! The Field Museum!

Newsletter, Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 8:07pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday, Columbian Oscar-nominee Embrace of the Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. At once blistering and poetic, The Hollywood Reporter calls Serpent “A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism”

Also opening Friday, from producer Hayao Miyazaki comes Only Yesterday, a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world’s most revered animation studios. Never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary. exclaims “Four stars! Breathtaking! The first great movie of 2016!”

Midnight movies return to the Music Box this weekend, and we’re welcoming them back with David Cronenberg’s twisted sci-fi Videodrome. Stay up late with James Woods at the Music Box, and long live the new flesh!

On Sunday at Noon, Cinema Science with The Field Museum travels beyond the stars with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. After the movie, Field Museum experts will lead the audience in an exploration of the scientific and humanitarian themes in Ridley Scott’s otherworldly epic. Grab your space suit and get ready for an afternoon of fun.

There’s also a double dose of Anime special events this week, with weekend screenings of Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first feature film in the upcoming Kizumonogatari trilogy, and a Tuesday screening of Psycho-Pass: The Movie, the big screen continuation of one of the most popular sci-fi anime series in the past five years.

Have you ever wanted to make a documentary? This Saturday, Award-winning doc filmmaker Melody Gilbert ( gives you the chance to learn step-by-step how to direct a documentary in this one-day intensive Documentary Boot Camp. Register Now at

Next Wednesday, join us for a night of award-winning local film as IFP Chicago presents An Evening of Chicago filmmaker Brad Bischoff. A perennial favorite at The Chicago International Film Festival, Brad’s films have screened all over the world, touching people’s hearts and challenging their conventions. Tickets are available now.

On May 20th-26th, the Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to the Music Box for another great year of Chicago premieres and special guests! The festival brings together an eclectic array of films ranging from raucous comedies and foreign-made dramas to thought-provoking documentaries and midnight genre films—with a couple of programs of shorts thrown in for good measure. Festival passes are now available for this one-of-a-kind Chicago event.

See you at the movies

Anime returns to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, March 7th, 2016, 2:19pm

Hey Anime fans,

The Music Box is proud to bring some special anime engagements to Chicago!

Coming to the Music Box this Friday is Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday, for it’s first ever North American release. For one week only, you can catch this 25th Anniversary presentation of this masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, from Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya). Featuring an English voice cast including Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

One of the most popular sci-fi anime series in the past five years is making its way to the big screen. Psycho-Pass: The Movie will blow away movie-goers with its explosive action sequences and thought-provoking storytelling. This film is a must-see for fans of the TV series and fans of sci-fi action films like Akira, Blade Runner, and Minority Report.
Psycho-Pass: The Movie will play at the Music Box on Tuesday, March 15th & Saturday, March 19th.

This weekend, you can catch Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first feature film in the upcoming Kizumonogatari trilogy! The first 200 attendees on Saturday, March 12th at noon will receive a free Memorial Portrait Board (While supplies last). The Music Box has also added Midnight screenings this weekend, to give you more chances to see this highly anticipated film.

Full Schedule below. Get your tickets today, shows will sell out!

70MM Film Festival ends with Lawrence of Arabia, Starman, Interstellar, & more! Oscar-winner Son of Saul!

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 2:02pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

It’s the last week of our 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition, but we’re not slowing down, with rare screenings of classic Best Picture Oscar-winners, inventive new films from modern masters, and more! You can see the sprawling epic Lawrence of Arabia, beloved musical West Side Story, Sci-Fi adventures with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and John Carpenter’s Starman, a 70MM Shorts Program presented by our friends at the Northwest Chicago Film Society, and Elizabeth Taylor in the decadent Cleopatra.

And tonight is your last chance to take a pair of mind-bending trips into the unknown, with our 70MM screenings of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Brainstorm.

Check out the Full Schedule and plan your final week of 70MM. Shows have been selling out, we recommend grabbing your tickets in advance.

The powerful Son of Saul is now an Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film! We’ll be playing this remarkable Holocaust drama on through Thursday, March 10th, presented on 35MM. Rated 96% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, calls it “An essential film”.

On Sunday, visit the Music Box Lounge for a free wine tasting hosted by DaBlon Vineyards. From 11am-5pm, DaBlon will be serving a variety of their exceptional wines in our relaxing lounge atmosphere. Join us for a what is sure to be an entertaining and educational Chicago afternoon.

Also playing this week, Michael Moore’s devastatingly hilarious new documentary Where To Invade Next, a call to make America great again that unfortunately becomes more relevant each passing day of this election cycle.

And while you’re at the Music Box, pick up your copy of our 2016 Spring Calendar (Or click this link for digital version)! Featuring a new restoration of Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight, Director Karyn Kusama in-person for the premiere of her new thriller The Invitation, Patrick Stewart in Green Room, Prometheus and Tremors with The Field Museum, the return of National Theatre Live, Cult Midnights, Classic Matinees, and so much more!

See you at the movies

Lawrence of Arabia, Starman, Interstellar & more close out The 70MM Film Festival!

Newsletter, Monday, February 29th, 2016, 5:55pm

The Music Box’s 70MM Film Festival: Ultimate Edition may have reached the halfway point, but we have plenty more rare & amazing filmgoing experiences coming your way. Here’s what’s in store for the rest of the fest:

One of the most acclaimed modern directors presents his most ambitious film to date, with Interstellar. Christopher Nolan’s space adventure is a technical & spiritual marvel, as an all-star cast travels deep into outer space on a quest to save the world, and finds more than they ever could have imagined. Equal parts thrilling, thought-provoking and touching, Interstellar is a passion project from a man who puts the “film” in “Filmmaker”.

Can you name the only actor nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a film directed by 80s genre-master John Carpenter (The Thing, Escape From New York)? It was Jeff Bridges in the science fiction romance Starman! In an original 70MM print, Bridges stars as a sensitive alien who, while in a race against time, learns what it truly means to be a man.

Also playing this weekend, two of the most beloved films from Hollywood’s greatest decade! Peter O’Toole gives a towering performance in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, featuring cinematography that demands to be seen on the big screen. Then, star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria must are caught in the midst of a battle between The Jets and The Sharks in the streets of New York, in the grand musical West Side Story. Both films won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture!

The most expensive film of its time, Elizabeth Taylor stars in Cleopatra. Featuring decadent costumes, tremendous sets, and a cast of thousands, including Richard Burton, who began a very public affair with Ms. Taylor that threatened to derail the entire production. It all adds up to one gigantic cinematic feat.

Saturday at Noon, our friends at the Northwest Chicago Film Society present a special collection of 70MM Shorts. This One-Time-Only program includes A Year Along the Abandoned Road Morten Skallerud’s beautiful time-lapse film shot over the course of a year in Norway; Williamsburg, The Story of a Patriot (George Seaton, 1957), the longest running film in motion picture history, which has been shown nearly every day at Colonial Williamsburg since 1957; trailer reels, simulator ride films, and more!

You also have a more chances in the next few days to see the chaotic comedy of It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the fantastical head trip of Brainstorm, and the essential 70MM experience, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

70MM 2001, Krull, Brainstorm, Mad Mad Mad Mad World & more! Son of Saul!

Newsletter, Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 11:03pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Our 70MM Film Festival continues this weekend more special presentations of incredibly rare film prints on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen. The 2nd week of 70MM screenings includes the thrilling sci-fi adventure Krull, the special effects extravaganza Brainstorm, and Stanley Kubrick’s unimpeachable masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

We also have restored 70MM prints of two giant comedies this week, with the star-studded laugh riot It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and a one-time-only show of Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines on Sunday at Noon.

Academy Award-nominee Son of Saul might be taking home an Oscar this Sunday! Called “Unlike anything you have seen before” by, this remarkable film is still playing on 35MM at the Music Box.

This election season, there may be no more important film than Where To Invade Next, the dangerous new documentary from Michael Moore. Find out what it takes to make America great again as Moore tackles the issues as only he can.

In other 70MM news, tonight you have one last chance to see Ghostbusters and The Master on 70MM.

Finally, after a winter hibernation, our weekend Midnights and Classic Matinees return this spring! Our matinees Celebrate 1941’s Year In Film, with 75th Anniversary presentations of such iconic films as Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, and Hitchcock’s Suspicion. Fridays & Saturdays at Midnight include beloved cult classics like The Naked Gun, Videodrome, Serial Mom, and of course The Room & Rocky Horror Picture Show. Check out the full Spring 2016 schedule now.

See you at the movies

2001, Brainstorm, Krull & comedy at Week 2 of 70MM Film Festival!

Newsletter, Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 1:48pm

The Music Box’s 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition is underway! Opening week of the festival has already seen sell-out presentations of beautiful rare 70MM prints on the Music Box big screen. For week two, we’re racing around the world, traveling to outer space, and exploring the depths of the human mind!

An all-star cast is making a dash for the cash in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the biggest comedy in film history! Spencer Tracey, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, The Three Stooges, Mickey Rooney and dozens more appear in this restored 70MM print presented in Ultra Panavision.

Take to the skies with Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, the fun-for-all-ages comedy about the historic 1910 London-to-Paris air race. A Restored 70mm print from 20th Century Fox will play only once, on Sunday at Noon.

Before Lord of the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy hit the big screen, there was Krull! A battle rages beyond the stars in this sci-fi/fantasy, as a prince must defend his kingdom and planet from an alien attack. This family-friendly cult classic will screen on an original 70MM print.

Douglas Trumbull, the man behind the visual effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, directs the mind-bending Brainstorm. Rarely screened, this Original 70mm print features virtual reality sequences in Super Panavision 70. Starring Christopher Walken as a leading man, and Natalie Wood in her final performance.

Finally, a staple of our 70MM Film Festivals since the beginning, Stanley Kubrick’s genre-defining 2001: A Space Odyssey returns! Presented like never before, on our new 41ft screen & 7.1 channel soundsystem, it’s not a movie, it’s an experience! Tickets are going fast, so grab yours today.

And if you couldn’t make it out last weekend, you have a few more chances to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Inherent Vice, and Ghostbusters (Stop by the Music Box Lounge for some Ecto-Cooler!)

The 70MM Festival runs through Thursday, March 10th, check out the Full Schedule below.

70MM Vertigo, Wild Bunch, The Master & more! The Field Museum! Twisted Sister!

Newsletter, Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 3:31pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers

After months of preparation, this weekend the Music Box is ready to present 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition, our biggest 70MM festival ever! We’re screening , featuring our special 41 ft screen & new state-of-the-art soundsystem. 70MM offers the most immersive filmgoing experience possible, the way these iconic films were meant to be seen!
Our first week includes the first ever Inherent Vice 70MM screening in Chicago, the Director’s Cut of The Wild Bunch, the final screening of the extended Hateful Eight: Roadshow Edition, the greatest performance by the Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master, and 70MM fan favorites Ghostbusters and Vertigo. See what’s in store for the weeks ahead with our Full Schedule.

On Tuesday, grab your binocular because Cinema Science with The Field Museum presents The Big Year. Steve Martin, Owen Wilson & Jack Black star in this comedy about the surprisingly competitive world of bird-watching. Stick around after the screening for an entertaining & interactive discussion with Field Museum expert Joshua Engel about the scientific themes in the film.

On Monday, Music Box Films presents We Are Twisted F***ing Sister, a new behind-the-scenes look at the revolutionary band that had the biggest songs and the biggest hair of rock’s biggest era! One Night Only!

Continuing this week is Michael Moore’s dangerous new documentary-comedy Where To Invade Next and the powerful Oscar-nominated WWII drama Son of Saul.

See you at the movies

70MM Film Festival kicks of on Friday! Ghostbusters, The Wild Bunch, Vertigo & more!

Newsletter, Monday, February 15th, 2016, 4:24pm

The Music Box’s 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition is upon us, and it’s promises to be bigger than ever. We hope you’ll join us for films that fill every inch of our 41ft screen and take full advantage of our new 7.1 channel soundsystem.

The first week of the festival includes a Paul Thomas Anderson double feature. In 2012, when The Master was the first 70MM release in nearly 20 years, it almost didn’t make it to Chicago! Fortunately, the Music Box was allowed one special sneak preview screening, with a 70MM print hand-delivered by PTA himself! Since then, this thought-provoking period piece, featuring powerhouse performances from Joaquin Phoenix & the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, has been a staple of our 70MM Festivals.

We’ll also be playing PTA’s latest film, the film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s psychedelic noir Inherent Vice, which has never has a 70MM presentation in Chicago, with a gorgeous print that has been run less than half a dozen times.

By popular demand, we’ve added another screening of The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah’s groundbreaking western! The Director’s Cut will now play Saturday, Feb 20th at 2pm and Sunday, Feb 21st at 7:30pm.

If that doesn’t quench your wild west bloodlust, we’re bringing back Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight: 70MM Roadshow Edition for one last ride! If you didn’t see it before, don’t miss your last chance to see it in full 70MM glory!

Opening week also includes Ghostbusters, featuring photo opportunities with The Windy City Ghostbusters & the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and delicious Ecto-Cooler in the Music Box Lounge, and one of the greatest films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo!

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! The Festival runs through Thursday, March 10th, with a dozen other films in the weeks ahead. Scroll down for the Full Schedule.

The Princess Bride! Casablanca! Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next!

Newsletter, Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 11:45pm

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

It’s almost Valentine’s Weekend, so grab the one you love and come on down to the Music Box! On Saturday night & Sunday afternoon, it’s time for The Princess Bride, the fantastical fairytale that puts the “Comedy” in “Romantic Comedy”. The Music Box’s one-of-a-kind interactive screening invites you to play along with the movie, complete with prop bags and costume contest!

Also on Saturday, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Bogie and Bergman, as the Music Box presents Casablanca! The show begins with a special Sweetheart Sing-Along, featuring a selection of favorite love songs and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

Opening Friday, Michael Moore is back with Where To Invade Next, a provocative and hilarious comedy in which he’ll stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again. Winner of BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE at the Chicago International Film Festival, it may be Michael Moore’s most thought-provoking (and dangerous!) film yet!

We also have daily screenings of the gripping Academy Award-nominee Son of Saul and late night showtimes for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight: Digital Presentation.

Next Wednesday, the latest installment of Sound Opinions at the Movies is the 1996 British black comedy Trainspotting, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. Irvine Welsh, author of the novel Trainspotting, will appear live alongside Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot & Jim DeRogatis.

Now playing at Steppenwolf is The Flick, winner of the 2014 Pultizer Prize for Drama. We gave our friends at Steppenwolf a behind-the-scenes look at the Music Box as they prepared to tell the story of three underpaid employees at a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films.
Music Box fans can receive 2-for-1 (50%-off) tickets to evening performances on Feb 16, 17, 23, 24, & 28. Use code MUSICBOX online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Finally, in one week, big is back with the Music Box’s 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition! The fest kicks off next Friday with Vertigo and Ghostbusters, and includes such diverse fan favorites as Interstellar, Cleopatra, Krull and West Side Story. Tickets are going fast, so take a look at our Full Schedule and start planning now!

See you at the movies


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, 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 with the subject line “I Want To Give The Gift of the Music Box”.

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