Happy Friday, Music Boxers,
In 1983, The Music Box Theatre reopened after a few years of hard times. The Music Box offered an eclectic mix of repertory programming, screening as daily double-features. To celebrate our 30th anniversary as a repertory cinema, we’re dedicating two weeks to special events, double features, and much more!
The series kicks off on Friday, November 22nd, which The Chicago City Council has proclaimed to be MUSIC BOX THEATRE DAY in Chicago! Starting at 6pm, we’ll be hosting a reception, followed by a Mistaken Identities double feature of Hitchcock’s North By Northwest and the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski!
On Saturday, November 23rd, come by for the Music Box Theatre Winter Calendar Release Party. The evening kicks off at 7pm with a reception and live jazz music from one of Chicago’s premier jazz bands, The Fat Babies. Then at 8pm, we start with live vaudeville acts, and a new restoration of Harold Lloyd’s classic The Freshman with live organ accompaniment by our own Dennis Scott on the Music Box Theatre organ!
The fun continues as we roll out double features including Bonnie & Clyde & Pierrot le Fou, Singin’ in the Rain & A Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane & His Girl Friday, and more.
On Wednesday, December 4th, we’re thrilled to host a Chicago sneak preview of the new Disney film Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Before the premiere, we’ll be screening the magical musical Mary Poppins. See the original film, then find our the story that unfolded behind the scenes. We’ll be accepting RSVPs starting November 20th at noon.
Our anniversary wraps up with the Chicago premiere of the new documentary Medora, which follows the Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing the players’ stories both on and off the court. Medora is an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.
Check below for the current schedule and festival highlights. Tickets on sale now, get yours today!