Coming Soon

<cite>Sunset Song</cite>

opens Fri 3 Jun

Sunset Song

directed by Terence Davies in English starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie

Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur.

“4 STARS. One of the great director Terence Davies' best films.” —


opens Fri 3 Jun


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

Grindhouse Film Festival
Fri 3  – Sun 5 Jun

Grindhouse Film Festival

Presented by Dan Halsted

All films presented in 35MM!

<cite>Green Room</cite>

opens Sun 5 Jun

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

Silent Shakespeare

Mon 6 Jun

Silent Shakespeare

Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago!

Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival & Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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.

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.

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents Stop Making Sense

Wed 8 Jun

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents Stop Making Sense

directed by Jonathan Demme starring The Talking Heads

Join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing for the “Music In Motion” Film Series!

XRT’s Terri Hemmert will help kick off the series by hosting a special showing of Stop Making Sense on June 8th at the Music Box Theatre!

<cite>The Red Shoes</cite>

opens Thu 9 Jun

The Red Shoes [35mm]

directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger in English starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook

A glorious Technicolor epic that influenced generations of filmmakers, artists, and aspiring ballerinas, The Red Shoes intricately weaves backstage life with the thrill of performance. A young ballerina (Moira Shearer) is torn between two forces: the composer who loves her (Marius Goring), and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer (Anton Walbrook).

“The movie that plays in my heart.” —Martin Scorsese

<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.

Cinema Slapdown
Wed 15 Jun – Wed 10 Aug

Cinema Slapdown

Starting its tenth year, Columbia College Chicago’s Cinema Slapdown is a unique screening series that has achieved cult status. A wildly entertaining hybrid of film discussion, knockdown, drag out debate and audience interaction, Cinema Slapdown believes that all films can be passionately argued.

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

opens Thu 16 Jun

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

in English starring Iggy Pop, Kevin Armstrong, Seamus Beaghen, Ben Ellis, Mat Hector

Two Screenings Only!

<cite>De Palma</cite>

opens Fri 17 Jun

De Palma

directed by Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow in English

A new documentary about one of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma.

“A must-see for all cinephiles” —The Playlist

Brian De Palma: A Retrospective
Fri 17  – Thu 23 Jun

Brian De Palma: A Retrospective

In honor of the new documentary De Palma, the Music Box celebrates the career of the distinctive & divisive director with special screenings of some of his most iconic films!

Raiders! Double Feature
Sun 19 Jun

Raiders! Double Feature

An opening weekend Double Feature of the new documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made and Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. Featuring an in-person Q&A with Chris Strompolos (Indiana Jones himself!)

CLICK HERE to Purchase Double Feature Tickets


opens Fri 24 Jun


directed by David Farrier, Dylan Reeve in English

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.” —Esquire

Sneak Preview of DON’T THINK TWICE with Mike Birbiglia in person!

Thu 14 Jul

Sneak Preview of DON’T THINK TWICE with Mike Birbiglia in person!

directed by Mike Birbiglia in English starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard

Writer, director and actor Mike Birbiglia visits the Music Box for a special advance screening of his new film Don’t Think Twice, followed by an audience Q&A.

“Genuinely Sharp, Funny, and Bracingly Honest.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Noir City: Chicago 8
Fri 19  – Thu 25 Aug

Noir City: Chicago 8

Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box for the 8th great year, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!

Dog Film Festival
Sun 11 Sep

Dog Film Festival

The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs and their people!

Music Box of Horrors 2016
Sat 15  – Sun 16 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2016

The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.

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