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Summer Music Film Festival! The Room with Tommy Wiseau! Venus In Fur!
Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Summer Music Film Festival 2014 comes to the Music Box on August 15th-19th! Co-presented by Sound Opinions, this festival showcases the very best music films, documentaries, and concert footage, for the fourth year in a row. Highlights of the 2014 festival include 30th anniversary screenings of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Prince’s Purple Rain, filmmaker-attended screenings of The 78 Project Movie and Rubber Soul, and much more! Check out the full schedule and get tickets now!

On August 20th & 21st, the mysterious and always-entertaining Tommy Wiseau returns for two nights of The Room, the cult disaster-piece that must be seen to be believed. In addition to a Q&A, Wiseau will also premiere The Neighbors, his much awaited follow-up, a sitcom about the many people who live in an L.A. apartment. In other words, exactly what you want from Tommy Wiseau.

Opening on Friday is Venus In Fur, the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play by master filmmaker Roman Polanski. A taut encounter with a frustrated director and enigmatic actress, the Chicago Tribune calls the film, “whip-smart dissection of gender politics.”

At midnight on Friday, we’ve got a Secret Screening up our sleeve. What could it be? Only one way to find out. Then on Saturday, do the time warp again with the Midnight Madness shadowcast at The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

We also have weekend matinees of the rockin’ musical Bye Bye Birdie and daily screenings of the powerful documentary Alive Inside.

See you at the movies

Thursday, August 14th – Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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The Return of Tommy Wiseau: The Room

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Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box Theatre for two days (and nights) of GOOD IDEAS! (Thanks, Lisa!)

For over ten years The Room has been a cult favorite. Audiences laugh, they cry, they throw spoons, and they ask themselves “What did I just see? What is this feeling inside? When can I watch it again?”

Well, in the words of Tommy Wiseau (writer, director, producer, and star), “The Room is about life! We should all get together and love each other!”

And that, our friends, is exactly what you should do. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out for these limited engagements at the Music Box Theatre on August 20th and 21st. Grab your tickets now!


Wed, Aug 20 7:00pm

Venus in Fur

A film by Roman Polanski starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric


Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, Venus in Fur is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski.

“"Venus in Fur" finds Roman Polanski transferring a New York stage hit to the screen with maximum fidelity and facility, and a minimum of fuss”

“As always with Polanski, the narrative’s eccentricities are cloaked in an expert veneer of classicism.”
Time Out New York

Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave.

Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic — and, it turns out, erotic — energy. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared — and a perfect fit. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.


Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

A film by Michael Rossato-Bennett starring Bobby Mcferrin, Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie


As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.

Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this uplifting documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken healthcare system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival



The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A film by Jim Sharman starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Charles Gray, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick


Featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, who ensure what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

For 35 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film), and the Halloween screenings are known to sell out!

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?

Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag

Don’t-Look-Like-a-Virgin tip

Do not throw objects at the screen — that’s just not cool and can damage a very expensive screen. Thanks!

Using your Prop Bag items

  • Balloon: During the song “Science Fiction Double Feature”, pop at the “When worlds collide” lyric.
  • Glow Stick / flashlight: (no lighters, matches, flammables due to fire code restrictions) During the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”, light up at the “There’s a Light” chorus.
  • How to Time Warp Flier: During the “Time Warp”, get up and dance!
  • Rubber Glove: During the Time Warp, get up and dance!
  • Noisemakers: During the “Lab” scene, make a noise when the Transylvanian Guests use their noisemakers.
  • Confetti: At the end of the “Lab” scene, when the wedding march is being played, throw some.
  • Toilet Paper: When Dr. Scott makes his entrance and Brad exclaims “Great Scott!”, use some.
  • Party Hat: During dinner, Frank will put on his party hat, and you should too — it’s a party now!
  • Paper Plates: Use when Frank pulls the table cloth off the dinner table.
  • Bell: Ring when Frank is chasing Janet after dinner and asks the musical question “Did you hear a bell ring?” and during the song “Planet Schmanet”.
  • Sponges: Use when Columbia makes her “bitch out” speech and says to Frank, “You’re like a sponge!”
  • Cards: Bring them out after The Floor Show, when Frank sits down and sings the line, “cards for sorrow, cards for pain”.
  • Rope: Use when the rope falls from the rigging after Riff finishes shooting.

Not Allowed

  • Toast
  • Hot dogs and prunes
  • Rice
  • Water guns


Sat, Apr 16 midnight
Sat, May 14 midnight
Sat, Jun 18 midnight
Sat, Jul 16 midnight
Sat, Aug 13 midnight
Sat, Sep 24 midnight

Bye Bye Birdie

A film by George Sidney starring Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh


The news that Conrad Birdie, a rock-n-roll idol, is to be drafted creates a national crisis among his teenaged worshipers and spells doom for Albert Peterson (Dick Van Dyke), an impoverished song writer who wrote the title song for a film Conrad had planned to make. In an effort to solve the dilemma, Albert’s secretary/sweetheart gets him to write a special farewell song for Conrad to sing to a fan on the Ed Sullivan show.




Over the many years we’ve been in business, we’ve come across some weird stuff. Whether its a fly-by-night distributor that closed up shop before we could return a film, or a collector who ran out of room at their house, a number of film prints have come into our possession at the theater. For various reasons, we’ve not been able to share them with an audience. But what the hell, we like you! Come see something you’ve likely never seen before on 35mm. Featuring the infamous “Dick Reel” and other storage room oddities!


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