Coming Soon

<cite>The Family Fang</cite>

opens Fri 6 May

The Family Fang

directed by Jason Bateman in English starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken

Based on the New York Times Bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson

Adult siblings Baxter and Annie, scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents — performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes – suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover.

“Sharp and affecting dysfunctional-family portrait” —Variety

<cite>Green Room</cite>

opens Fri 6 May

Green Room

directed by Jeremy Saulnier in English starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

From the director of Blue Ruin

Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

“Delivers maximum shock and awe” —Fangoria

<cite>Dou Kyu Sei – Classmates</cite>

Sat 7 May

Dou Kyu Sei – Classmates

directed by Shoko Nakamura in Japanese starring Kenji Nojima, Hiroshi Kamiya, Hideo Ishikawa

Rihito Sajo is an honor student who enrolled into his high school with a perfect score on the entrance exam. Hikaru Kusakabe is in a band and popular among girls. They are “different kind of guys”, who would have never crossed paths.

<cite>The First Monday in May</cite>

opens Sat 7 May

The First Monday in May

directed by Andrew Rossi in English starring Rihanna, Wong Kar Wai, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour

From the director of Page One: Inside The New York Times, The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

opens Sun 8 May

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

directed by Ross Lipman in English starring Buster Keaton, Samuel Beckett

Director Ross Lipman in person!

“Completely fascinating! For moviegoers who care about film, NOTFILM can be unreservedly recommended” —Los Angeles Times

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

Sun 8 May

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

directed by Phyllida Lloyd in English starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth

This Mother’s Day, celebrate with Meryl Streep and ABBA at the Music Box! Hosted by Dick O’Day, our interactive screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Dress up in your best 70’s garb for your chance to win great prizes! Then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen.

Special Mother’s Day Mimosas will be served in the Music Box Lounge!

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!
Tue 10 May

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Upcoming Events:
The Messenger – Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm


opens Fri 13 May


directed by Ben Wheatley in English starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss

Official Selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2015

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

“Visionary film-making, wildly ambitious, very caustic and hitting the bull's eye of almost every target in its sights.” —Independent

The Stratford Festival Presents
Sat 14 May – Tue 21 Jun

The Stratford Festival Presents

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since the revolutionary first season, more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world have visited the Stratford Festival. Now partnering with SpectiCast, the acclaimed repertory theatre presents three exciting plays captured live in September 2015. Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich, and his exceptional team at Melbar Entertainment, the plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.

An Evening with Norman Lear

Mon 16 May

An Evening with Norman Lear

directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady in English starring Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Rob Reiner, Amy Poehler, Phil Rosenthal

Television legend Norman Lear and Directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady visit the Music Box for a live Q&A, following a special screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.

“Genuinely exquisite look at one of the great creative instigators of our time.” —Aint It Cool News


opens Tue 17 May


directed by Michael Arias, Takashi Nakamura in Japanese

The Second Film of The Critically Acclaimed Project Itoh Trilogy

Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 (English Subtitles) & Saturday, May 21st at Midnight (Dubbed in English)

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Wed 18 May

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

directed by F. W. Murnau Silent starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston

One of the most acclaimed silent films of all time, the Music Box presents F.W. Murnau’s dramatic romance Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016
Fri 20  – Thu 26 May

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016

The Chicago Critics Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will run May 20–26, 2016.

Founded by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award-winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization. It’s the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival.

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.


opens Fri 27 May


directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg in English

Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds.

“FIVE STARS. A gift that keeps on giving. A compelling, deep dive into a scandal.” —The Guardian

The National Society of Film Critics Presents
Tue 31 May – Tue 14 Jun

The National Society of Film Critics Presents

The Music Box Theatre presents a new unique screening series in collaboration with The National Society of Film Critics to celebrate the venerated group’s 50th Anniversary and its representatives based in Chicago. Participating members Michael Phillips (The Chicago Tribune) and J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader) and Jonathan Rosenbaum (formerly of Chicago Reader) will present three of their favorite Best Film winners from the Society’s long history over a three-week series, each screened on 35mm and followed by a post-film discussion.

The National Society of Film Critics is made up of the leading film critics in the United States whose purpose is to promote the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking.

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents <cite>The Harder They Come</cite>

Wed 1 Jun

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents The Harder They Come

directed by Perry Henzell in English starring Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw

Rock critics Jim DeRogotis and Greg Kot, the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ, host a special screening of The Harder They Come, starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Advance tickets are available at

“Timeless and universal...nothing short of amazing” —Los Angeles Times

Silent Shakespeare

Mon 6 Jun

Silent Shakespeare

Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago!

Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival & Chicago Shakespeare Theater

<cite>The Idol</cite>

opens Fri 10 Jun

The Idol

directed by Hany Abu-Assad in Arabic starring Tawfeek Barhom

From the Two-Time Academy Award Nominated Director of Omar and Paradise Now

Inspired by incredible true story of Mohammed Assaf

“Thoroughly captivating” —Variety

<cite>Blue Velvet</cite>

opens Fri 10 Jun

Blue Velvet

directed by David Lynch in English starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern

30th Anniversary! New DCP Restoration!

David Lynch’s sensual mystery thriller about strange happenings in a small all-American town.

“One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention.” —Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David

Sat 11 Jun

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David [35mm]

directed by Henry King starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis

35MM Print!

Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, Tol’able David is a heart-wrenching drama from director Henry King. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation.

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