Current Festivals

Son of 70mm Film Festival

Friday, July 11th - Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you the return of our two-week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

Upcoming Festivals

The 2014 Chicago French Film Festival

Thursday, July 31st - Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Vive le cinema!

The fourth annual Chicago French Film Festival is coming July 31 – August 5, 2014. This year’s festival will offer Chicagoans an opportunity to see the best the French film industry has to offer. Mark your calendar now and plan to see new French films in a variety of genres.

Past Festivals

70mm Film Festival

Son of 70mm Film Festival

Friday, July 11th - Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you the return of our two-week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival

Friday, February 15th - Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you a two-week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

Chicago French Film Festival

3rd Annual Chicago French Film Festival

Friday, July 26th - Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The third annual Chicago French Film Festival is officially scheduled for July 26-August 1 this year! With an entire week dedicated to the festival, the Music Box will have the opportunity to program more titles, add additional screenings and present even more of the very best contemporary French film as well as some newly restored classics.

The Second Annual Chicago French Film Festival

Friday, July 27th - Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Now in its second year, The Music Box hosts three days of the very best in contemporary French cinema. Featuring special guests and film presentations!

The 2011 Chicago French Film Festival

Friday, July 22nd - Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Vive le Cinema! The Music Box hosts three days of the best films in recent French cinema! Featuring special guests and film presentations.

Music Box of Horrors

Music Box of Horrors 2013

Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, October 20th, 2013

The 2013 Music Box of Horrors will be an amazing 24 hours of horror films and entertainment. More films and guests will continue to be announced as they are confirmed.

Guests booked thus far:

  • William Lustig (Maniac, Vigilante) – presenting new restoration of Maniac Cop 2!
  • David Schmoeller (Puppetmaster, Tourist Trap) – presenting killer Klaus Kinski in Crawlspace!

Music Box of Horrors 2012

Saturday, October 13th - Sunday, October 14th, 2012

?The 24-hour marathon of horror returns this October with new thrills and chills! With special guests Sybil Danning and Jeff Lieberman scheduled to appear!

Music Box Massacre 7

Wednesday, September 14th - Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Tickets on sale now!

Music Box Massacre 6

Friday, October 8th - Sunday, October 10th, 2010

24 hours of horror movie madness! Special guests The Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns From Outer Space)! Live organ! Dealer tables in the lobby with amazing deals!

Music Box Massacre 5

Friday, October 9th - Saturday, October 10th, 2009

24 hours of horror movie madness! Special guests Stuart Gordon, Art Hindle and more! Dealer tables in the lobby with amazing deals!

Noir City: Chicago

Noir City 5

Friday, August 23rd - Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Join us for the 5th sensational edition of NOIR CITY: CHICAGO as the Music Box teams up with the Film Noir Foundation for a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!

Noir City: Chicago 4

Friday, August 17th - Friday, August 24th, 2012

NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, August 17th – 23rd!

Noir City: Chicago 3

Friday, August 12th - Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Join us for the 3rd sensational edition of NOIR CITY: CHICAGO as the Music Box teams up with the Film Noir Foundation for a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics — all presented on the big screen in glorious 35mm prints!

Noir City: Chicago 2

Tuesday, July 13th - Friday, August 20th, 2010

The Music Box and the Film Noir Foundation proudly present a festival of noir double bills in their original 35mm splendor!

Noir City: Chicago

Friday, July 31st - Friday, August 7th, 2009

A festival of classic and undiscovered film noirs, with special guest Harry Belafonte.

Summer Music Film Festival

Summer Music Film Festival 2013

Friday, June 28th - Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Everyone loves a good music festival. Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Pitchfork, Walkarusa, Coachella – all great places to hear great music. The Music Box Theatre and WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions have an indoor option for you that helps you avoid sunburn and heatstroke and will take you on a journey of music and film from the past 40+ years! The Third Annual Summer Music Festival will rock your face off.

Music Box Summer Music Film Festival 2

Monday, July 30th - Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Chicago is home to some of the greatest music festivals. Now, for the second year, the Music Box Theatre and WBEZ’s Sound Opinions partner to relive some of the greatest musical stories ever caught on film. The 2012 Summer Music Film Festival features three new films and two classic concert documentaries at the historic Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago, July 30-August 2, 2012. Four days of film devoted to music culminate with a closing-night screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits hosted by Sound Opinions co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

The Music Box Theatre Summer Music Film Festival

Monday, July 25th - Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The only festival that will feature The Swell Season, Moby, Radiohead, Dispatch, the Talking Heads, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young.

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