The Music Box Theatre’s 30th Anniversary!

Friday 22 November – Thursday 5 December 2013

On August 5th, 1983, The Music Box Theatre reopened after a few years of hard times. The Music Box offered an eclectic mix of repertory programming, screening as daily double-features. To celebrate our 30th anniversary as a repertory cinema, we’re dedicating the final two weeks of our Fall 2013 calendar to the kind of programming we did thirty years ago – each day will be a different double-feature, juxtaposing the two films against a unifying theme.

Keep an eye out for our old calendar style fliers, complete with titles and dates, very soon!


Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

  • 8:00pm: The Freshman

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

  • 7:00pm: Medora


  • Sat 23 Nov 2013, 8:00pm

The Freshman with Live Music and Reception

The Freshman

directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict in English

Please join us on November 23rd for a special night of live music, camaraderie, and Harold Lloyd’s classic The Freshman.

November 23rd: Doors open at 7pm with a reception and live jazz music. Then at 8pm, we start with live vaudeville acts, and a screening of The Freshman with live organ accompaniment by our own Dennis Scott on the Music Box Theatre organ! Joining us for the evening is one of Chicago’s premier jazz bands The Fat Babies. The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. December 1st will just be a screening of The Freshman without live music.

Harold heads off to college and quickly discovers that making friends involves more than aping the antics he’s seen in the movies. To further his search for popularity, he manages to join the football team, but only as a combination water boy/tackling dummy. Finally, Harold gets his chance when the coach runs out of substitutes during the big game and reluctantly puts him on the field. Will our bespectacled hero reach the goal line, or will he be fodder for the leatherheads on the opposing team? What follows is more of the action/comedy that only Lloyd could devise.

  • Thu 5 Dec 2013, 7:00pm

Chicago Premiere of Medora


directed by Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart in English

We are proud to welcome the new documentary Medora to the Music Box for its Chicago premiere.

On a grand scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, “Once we lose these small towns, we can’t get them back.”

Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive factory, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora’s economy and dwindling the population to 500 people.

Medora follows the Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing the players’ stories both on and off the court. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

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