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The Music Box Theatre’s 30th Anniversary!
 
Friday, November 15th, 2013

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!

Friday, November 15th – Thursday, November 21st, 2013

 
 

The Freshman with Live Music and Reception

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Please join us for a special night of live music, camaraderie, and Harold Lloyd’s classic The Freshman.

Doors open at 7pm with a reception and live jazz music. Then at 8pm, we start with live vaudeville acts, and a screening of The Freshman with live organ accompaniment by our own Dennis Scott on the Music Box Theatre organ! Joining us for the evening is one of Chicago’s premier jazz bands The Fat Babies. The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s.

The Freshman

A film by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict

 

Harold heads off to college and quickly discovers that making friends involves more than aping the antics he’s seen in the movies. To further his search for popularity, he manages to join the football team, but only as a combination water boy/tackling dummy. Finally, Harold gets his chance when the coach runs out of substitutes during the big game and reluctantly puts him on the field. Will our bespectacled hero reach the goal line, or will he be fodder for the leatherheads on the opposing team? What follows is more of the action/comedy that only Lloyd could devise.

 


Sat, Nov 23 8:00pm
 
 
 

North By Northwest

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

 

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

 


Fri, Nov 22 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 26 6:00pm
 
 
 

The Big Lebowski

A film by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Jeff Bridges

 

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

 


Fri, Nov 22 9:45pm
Tue, Nov 26 8:45pm
 
 
 

Citizen Kane

A film by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

 

Consistently rated (until very recently) the best film ever made, Welles’ debut broke all the rules and invented some new ones in telling the life story of a Hearst-like media mogul whose excesses and ego damn him to a wealthy yet lonely end. And how’s this for making you feel lazy: Orson Welles was only 25 when he made the picture!

 


Sat, Nov 23 2:00pm
Mon, Nov 25 7:00pm
 
 
 

Bonnie & Clyde

A film by Arthur Penn starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

 

In the middle of the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) meet, fall in love, and go on a crime spree.

 


Sun, Nov 24 5:00pm
Wed, Nov 27 7:15pm
 
 
 

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

A film by Steven Spielberg starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott

 

After a catastrophic tangent of a sequel, Indiana Jones is back to doing what he does best: fightin’ Nazis and kissin’ on girls!

This time, Indy’s gotta drag his horn-dog old man (played to inspired perfection by horn-dog old man Sean Connery) around as the two of them race against Hitler to find the holy grail of archaeology. When does this guy ever teach class? It sure must be nice to have tenure at the University of Chicago…

 


Mon, Dec 2 7:00pm
 
 
 

Saving Mr. Banks

A film by John Lee Hancock starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

 

Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen – and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

 


Wed, Dec 4 5:30pm
 
 
 

Chicago Premiere of Medora

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We are proud to welcome the new documentary Medora to the Music Box for its Chicago premiere.

On a grand scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, “Once we lose these small towns, we can’t get them back.”

Medora

A film by Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart

 

Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive factory, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora’s economy and dwindling the population to 500 people.

Medora 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 in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

 


Thu, Dec 5 7:00pm
 

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