Saturday, October 15th – Sunday, October 16th, 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.
70mm Film Festival
Friday, February 19th - Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Friday, February 19th to Thursday, March 10th
New 41-foot screen—double the image size of past presentations! New 7.1 channel sound system!
The Music Box is about to embark upon its biggest 70mm festival yet. Thousands of pounds of film will be shipped across the country, all to provide the most immersive viewing experience possible in the best prints available. Sit back, relax, turn your phone off, throw away your worries, and let a sea of color and light wash over you—this is the way movies were meant to be seen.
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.
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
Friday, July 31st - Thursday, August 6th, 2015
Vive le cinema!
The 5th annual Chicago French Film Festival is coming July 31st – August 6th, 2015, celebrating the best in recent French cinema.
Thursday, July 31st - Thursday, August 7th, 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.
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.
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!
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
Saturday, October 24th - Sunday, October 25th, 2015
The Music Box of Horrors returns on Saturday, October 24th at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon is going to be better than ever, with horror films ranging from classic to grotesque to spine-chilling to fan favorites to underseen oddities, all presented in the finest 35mm and digital projection. Plus, special guests, one-of-a-kind presentations, vendors, and a few surprises!
Saturday, October 11th - Sunday, October 12th, 2014
The 2014 Music Box of Horrors celebrates 10 years of marathons at the Music Box Theatre! This year will feature the finest in digital and 35mm film projection (In fact the only marathon in town with 35mm capabilities and DIgital Cinema capabilities) food trucks, vendors, and horror films.
There are lots more details, guests, films, and live performance aspects that will be announced soon. Grab your discounted tickets now before the price goes up!
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!
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!
Wednesday, September 14th - Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Tickets on sale now!
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!
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
Friday, August 28th - Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Join us for the 7th 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!
Friday, August 29th - Thursday, September 4th, 2014
The 6th edition of the Music Box’s annual film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories and style are a specifically American phenomenon.
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!
Friday, August 17th - Friday, August 24th, 2012
NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, August 17th – 23rd!
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!
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!
Friday, July 31st - Friday, August 7th, 2009
A festival of classic and undiscovered film noirs, with special guest Harry Belafonte.
Summer Music Film Festival
Friday, August 15th - Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
The 4th annual Summer Music Film Festival presented by the Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions rolls into the theatre August 15th–19th and will showcase music films, documentaries, features, and concert footage.
The 2014 festival features 30th anniversary screenings of Stop Making Sense and Purple Rain and 50th anniversary screenings of A Hard Day’s Night (after sold-out screenings in July at the Music Box Theatre!).
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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Italian Film Festival
Friday, November 21st - Thursday, November 27th, 2014
The first Chicago Italian Film Festival is coming November 21–27, giving Chicagoans an opportunity to see the best the Italian film industry has to offer. The theme of the inaugural festival is Italian Comedy: Then & Now.