Upcoming Special Events

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

Sun 8 May, 12:00pm

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

directed by Ross Lipman in English starring Buster Keaton, Samuel Beckett (2015)

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, 2:00pm

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

directed by Phyllida Lloyd in English starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth (2008)

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

A Free Friday the 13th screening of The Conjuring

Fri 13 May, 9:30pm

A Free Friday the 13th screening of The Conjuring

directed by James Wan in English starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga (2013)

Presented by Warner Brothers Pictures

You are invited to see The Conjuring (the first one) at a special Friday the 13th screening at the Music Box Theatre at 9:30pm. As part of this screening, attendees will see a special greeting from Director James Wan as well as clips from his new film The Conjuring 2. All attendees will receive a The Conjuring 2 mini one sheet and 13 “lucky” winners selected at each screening will receive an “Admit Two” ticket to see The Conjuring 2 a few days before the film opens on June 10 in Chicago.

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, 7:00pm

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 (2016)

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

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Wed 18 May, 7:30pm

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

directed by F. W. Murnau Silent starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston (1927)

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.

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, 7:00pm

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents The Harder They Come

directed by Perry Henzell in English starring Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw (1972)

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 SoundOpinions.org.

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

Grindhouse Film Festival
Fri 3  – Sun 5 Jun

Grindhouse Film Festival

Presented by Dan Halsted

All films presented in 35MM!

Silent Shakespeare

Mon 6 Jun, 7:00pm

Silent Shakespeare

Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago!

Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival & Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David

Sat 11 Jun, 12:00pm

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David [35mm]

directed by Henry King starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis (1921)

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.

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

Thu 16 Jun, 9:45pm

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

in English starring Iggy Pop, Kevin Armstrong, Seamus Beaghen, Ben Ellis, Mat Hector (2016)

Two Screenings Only!

NT Live 2016
Sat 25 Jun

NT Live 2016

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago. Filmed in London, these productions feature some of the finest actors, directors, and writers working today, in breathtaking interpretations of the classics and groundbreaking new works.

Upcoming Presentations
One Man, Two Guvnors – Sat, June 25th at 11:30am

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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