Second Saturday Silent Cinema

Saturday 7 June - Wednesday 31 December 2014

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

As part of the Music Box’s commitment to screening classic films, we are delighted to announce what we hope to be an annual series of silent films. Thanks to a number of improvements during the past year, we believe there’s no better place in Chicago to see silent film! We want to share that experience with you throughout 2013 with a special monthly silent film series. Our excellent house organist Dennis Scott will be accompanying all films.


Saturday, August 9th

  • 12:00pm: King of the Rodeo


  • Tickets $10 each, $8 for students and seniors


  • Sat 9 Aug, 12:00pm

King of the Rodeo (1929)

directed by Henry MacRae starring Hoot Gibson, Kathryn Crawford, Slim Summerville

Featuring a wide array of mid-20s location Chicago photography and rodeo riding stunts, this comic Western is a curious, entertaining ride through a bygone Chicago era.

The Montana Kid (Hoot Gibson, an accomplished stunt equestrian and rodeo rider in real life) takes his best relay horse and goes to Chicago for the big rodeo at Soldier Field, quickly falling in love with the daughter of a rodeo official. Weasel, a renegade cowboy, robs the cashier at the rodeo, and, The Kid believes, stole his shirt(!). The Kid chases the crook through Chicago traffic in a taxicab and by motorcycle before he snares his prey.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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