The Music Box Theatre has developed a new ticketing solution and now tickets can be purchased for most screenings online! As always, you can visit our Showtimes page (by clicking above) and see any upcoming screenings we have scheduled. Generally, the full showtime schedule is published on Wednesdays for the following Friday through Thursday. A partial schedule may be available further in advance for special events.
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Films of the Future is a weekly podcast recorded in Chicago, Illinois. It’s recorded in the present but you’re probably listening to it in the future so by then it will be the past. Even then, the movie may not have been released yet so there’s definitely some weird time stuff going on.
Films of the Future is hosted by Kendall Bruns and Alan Metoskie.
Lagunitas is coming to Chicago! Well, they are already here…. but soon their new brewery, taproom, and restaurant will be open in Pilsen. Until then, grab a beer on your way into a screening at the Music Box Theatre (assuming you are 21 and responsible enough to handle yourself during a screening)
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The Mercury Theater Chicago, your neighborhood playhouse, is now playing the Tony Award winning AVENUE Q, a gut-bustlingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.
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.
directed by Stanley Kubrick in English starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester
2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy Award®-winning visual achievement, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion.
It may be the masterwork of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke)… and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall for generations.
directed by Ken Hughes starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill
Dick Van Dyke stars as quirky inventor Caractacus Potts, whose magical flying car transports his family and lovely lady friend to Vulgaria, a kingdom strangely devoid of children, ruled by the evil Baron Bomburst.
directed by Richard Brooks starring Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins, Paul Lukas, Daliah Lavi, Akim Tamiroff, Andrew Keir, Jack MacGowran
Writer Joseph Conrad’s stirring maritime novel charts the emotional course of British seaman Jim (Peter O’Toole), a thrill-seeker aboard a merchant vessel who longs for adventure.
He finds that in spades when the ship is caught in an all-consuming storm. But he also discovers that he has no courage to spare, and he soon abandons ship — an act that drives him to redeem himself in a dangerous Southeast Asian jungle.
directed by Tobe Hooper in English starring Steve Railsback, Mathilda May and Peter Firth
American and British astronauts on a joint mission exploring an alien spacecraft discover that the vessel contains several seemingly human bodies. But after they’re brought back to Earth, they come alive and start turning Londoners into zombies.
directed by Jacques Tati in French starring Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek and Rita Maiden
The celebrated Jacques Tati directs and stars in this brilliantly eccentric ode to humanity. Tati plays Monsieur Hulot, a Parisian who’s befuddled by the changes he witnesses in his beloved city, which has grown increasingly touristy.
As Hulot roams the uncomfortably modern Paris with a group of American tourists, his story epitomizes the struggle of modern man to maintain a soul in the face of an impersonal world.
directed by Paul Thomas Anderson starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams
Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since 2007’s There Will Be Blood — The Master is a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master”, whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this classic musical set among the tenements of New York City finds star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony caught in the midst of a turf war between rival street gangs.
directed by Kenneth Branagh in English starring Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie and Derek Jacobi
Veteran Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh delivers a brooding performance as the Danish prince driven to madness by his father’s death in this four-hour production of one of the Bard’s finest plays, featuring cameos by several stars.
Tormented by his father’s ghost and enraged by his mother’s plans to wed his uncle, Hamlet concocts a revenge plot that leaves the stage dripping with blood.
Look for Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Kate Winslet.
Tickets for all film screenings are $9.25.
The Music Box also offers 70 very special 70mm passes for $70 that give the holder admission to every screening of every film in the series (yes, that means pass-holders can see a film more than once at no additional charge).
Almost since the advent of film there have been variations of 70mm film used to capture visual clarity unequalled in 35mm filming. As 70mm films became popular in the 1940’s through the 1980’s most were filmed in 65mm with the remaining 5mm devoted to sound.
Due to the costs of 70mm film few films were ever shot in this large format, and following their initial release many of them were also released in 35mm to facilitate wide release. Other films were shot in 35mm and “blown up” to 70mm to facilitate more sound information. When DTS sound and Dolby Surround were introduced to cinemas, 70mm (and auditoriums devoted to 70mm) all but disappeared. The result: few people have had the chance to see true 70mm presentation.
Contrary to popular belief, 70mm is not a larger image—it is a format that allows for more information and more visual clarity than its 35mm counterpart. There is a depth to the image that is unlike 35mm, and certainly very different from digital projection.
Over the past several years the film industry has moved away from film in favor of digital projection. Film, in any format, is expensive to use for production and replication. For the first time since the advent of sound, cinemas have had to make a major change in their projection capabilities, making the number of auditoriums outfitted for 35mm or 70mm film projection very few.
The Music Box Theatre is committed to film presentation in any and all formats available and is one of the very few cinemas in the United States able to screen 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and almost all digital formats. It is with this capability that in this very special series we proudly present to Chicago these nine films as examples of 70mm film. All of these films were filmed in 65mm and will be presented the way their makers intended.
On this opening day of our 70mm Film Festival I want to share with you a bunch of short videos you have to watch on your computer screen, perhaps just so you are more appreciative of film when you come to the Music Box this week.