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It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! The Punk Singer!
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Happy Holidays Music Boxers,

The Christmas season is upon us, which means it’s time for a Chicago holiday tradition: The 30th Annual Music Box Christmas Show! For 30 years, the Music Box has brought the beloved classic films White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life to the big screen. Join us for a single or double feature and don’t forget, each screening begins with a sing-a-long with the one and only Santa Claus! There are still tickets available for many of our shows, but they are going fast. Purchase advance tickets now.

If Bing Crosby and Jimmy Stewart don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. On Tuesday, Dec 17, it’s The Alternative Christmas Double Feature. Bill Murray stars as a heartless TV executive who learns the true meaning of Christmas the hard way in Scrooged, while Billy Bob Thornton is the rudest, drunkest St. Nick ever committed to film in Bad Santa. Single feature and double feature tickets on sale now.

The Punk Singer tells the story of Kathleen Hanna, the feminist icon who rose to prominence as lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. This new documentary takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a view into the life of this fearless leader. BadAss Digest calls it “Unnegotiated truth, a frank and exhilarating portrayal of a legend”.

Before you see the sequel, see how the legend began, with our midnight screenings of Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell in an iconic role. A limited number of special $5 tickets are available to this uproarious comedy.

Early next week, stage comes to the screen! On Monday, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller pull double duty in National Theatre Live presents Frankenstein (Advance tickets on sale). On Wednesday, The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Richard II, starring David Tennant (Advance tickets on sale).

We also have a Second Saturday Silent Cinema presentation of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman with live organ accompaniment (Advance tickets on sale), weekend screenings of Bettie Page Reveals All, a Friday afternoon screening of episodes of the vintage cartoon Clutch Cargo (Advance tickets on sale), and a special Wednesday night screening of the romantic drama The Happy Sad (Advance tickets available).

Finally, close out 2013 with New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge! We’ll be ringing in the new year with the bombastic musical, a champagne toast, live music, and more! Tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, December 12th – Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


The Punk Singer

A film by Sini Anderson


“It f**king rocks.”

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.


Fri, Dec 13 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:15pm
Sat, Dec 14 3:10pm · 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:15pm
Sun, Dec 15 3:10pm · 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:15pm
Mon, Dec 16 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:15pm
Tue, Dec 17 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:15pm
Wed, Dec 18 5:15pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Dec 19 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:15pm

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A film by Adam McKay starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell


There was a time before cable when the local anchorman reigned supreme….Enter the hard-hitting world of the 1970s local TV news, where Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his loyal Channel 3 New Team are San Diego’s #1 rated news source. All is well in their male-dominated world of news until beautiful, rising-star reporter Veronica Corningstone turns it all upside down. Sparks don’t just fly, they ignite an all-out war between the two perfectly coiffed anchorpersons.


Fri, Dec 13 midnight

Royal Shakespeare Company presents Richard II

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National Theatre Live is the groundbreaking initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to provide high-definition filmed performances of its productions to theaters worldwide.

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon marks a new collaboration between the RSC and Picturehouse Cinemas. Together we will screen our productions live from Shakespeare’s home town for the very first time, starting with our forthcoming production of Richard II, directed by Artistic Director, Gregory Doran.

NT Live broadcasts have now been experienced by over 1.5 million people in 500 venues around the world. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the “best seat in the house” view of each production.

Richard II

A film by Gregory Doran starring David Tennant, Emma Hamilton


A story of power and plotting, Richard II is the first of Shakespeare’s four plays about the House of Lancaster.

Richard is King, ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.



National Theatre Live presents Frankenstein

A film by Danny Boyle starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch


Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returned to the theatre to direct this visionary production with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

“A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.”
The Telegraph

“A monster hit.”
Time Out London

November 30th at 8pm – Cumberbatch as The Creature, Miller as The Doctor
December 1st at 5pm – Cumberbatch as The Creature, Miller as The Doctor
December 1st at 8pm – Cumberbatch as The Doctor, Miller as The Creature

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

First broadcast to cinemas in 2011, don’t miss this second chance to catch Danny Boyle’s electrifying stage production as encore screenings take place across the UK and around the world from June 2012.

Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature throughout the show’s run at the National Theatre. Many cinemas will offer the chance to see both of these versions.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Performance Running Time: Approximately 2 hours (no interval)

Suitable only for 15yrs+



The Happy Sad

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Two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—find their lives intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy.

The Happy Sad

A film by Rodney Evans starring Leroy McClain, Sorel Carradine, Charlie Barnett


Armed with art and unbridled optimism, Stan brunches with his girlfriend Annie, a schoolteacher, only to discover that she wants to take a break. Aaron confronts his boyfriend Marcus about their open relationship. The lives of these two couples become intertwined when Stan and Marcus meet online and hook up. Apparently, Stan has a bi-side, and Aaron walks in on the aftermath of Marcus and Stan’s afternoon tryst.

Meanwhile, Annie goes on a blind date with an older man David who makes his living writing scripts for reality TV shows, which feels more “real” than Stan’s afternoons spent in the rehearsal space with his band. Annie confides in her fellow teacher Mandy about her relationship troubles. Mandy and Annie engage in some flirtation and decide to try a lesbian relationship, which, in turn, reminds Annie that perhaps she was in love with Stan all along.

Eventually all of these characters must face the consequences of their choices and decide what matters to them most.


Wed, Dec 18 7:30pm

Bettie Page Reveals All

A film by Mark Mori starring Bettie Page, Hugh Hefner, Bunny Yeager, Paula Klaw, Dita Von Teese, Tempest Storm


“Fascinating! A humanizing portrait of a sex-positive feminist before the classification even existed.”
–Hubert Vigilla, Flixist

Bettie Page Reveals All! is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols! Narrated by Bettie herself, the film tells her life story-from her humble beginnings to her legendary career as a pin-up model. In a series of never before heard interviews recorded in 1996 & 1999. Bettie candidly discusses everything from her sudden retirement at the peak of her modeling career to her broken marriages, born-again Christianity, bouts of mental illness and resurgence in popularity. Hearing Bettie tell these stories in her own words, with her razor sharp wit and abundant personality shining through is a revelation for her legions of fans!


Thu, Dec 12 5:10pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Dec 14 1:00pm
Sun, Dec 15 1:00pm
Sat, Dec 21 11:30am
Sun, Dec 22 11:30am

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All screenings are open to all ages 7 and up

Episodes: (Each episode is approximately 22 minutes. Total approximate runtime is 115 with a brief break in the middle)

Five episodes:
Friendly Headhunters
Kangaroo Express
Racecar Mystery
The Shipwreckers
Swamp Swindlerers

Clutch Cargo


Clutch Cargo is an animated television series produced by Cambria Productions and syndicated beginning on March 9, 1959.

In all, 52 Clutch Cargo adventures were produced and then serialized in five five-minute chapters each. The first four chapters naturally ended in cliffhangers, with the fifth chapter concluding the adventure. Haas explained the format of the show: “Each story is done in five five-minute segments so the stations can run one a day on weekdays, then recap the whole for a half-hour Saturday show. It’s flexible and works very well.”


Fri, Dec 13 1:00pm

New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge

Ring in the New Year with the Music Box Theatre! Dress to the nines and enjoy the last few hours of 2014 with Moulin Rouge, passed appetizers, live entertainment, audience interaction, party favors, cash bar, and then ring in 2015 in style with a champagne toast, dessert, and more entertainment!

Party like its 1899!

Included in your ticket is a champagne or NA beverage for the midnight toast, passed appetizers before the film, a variety show, an audience interactive guide to the film, the screening of MOULIN ROUGE, post show music, post film dessert and all the party favors you could need!

It’s a great way to enjoy the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015!

Preshow appetizers by Deleece:
• Belgian Endive with Indiana Chevre drizzled with bourbon-honey and candied pecans
• Grilled Flank Steak Bruschetta: chimichurri pesto and horseradish crema
• Lox Canape: Nova lox with dilled buttermilk-cream cheese, red onions and capers
• Chicken Liver Mousse with cranberry-onion chutney, White Bean and Artichoke Bruschetta with truffle oil and Parmesan
• Sweet potato & Ricotta Crostini with fresh sage and hazelnuts

Post Show Dessert:
• Cake
• Cookies
• Complimentary coffee service

New Year’s Eve: Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, 2001, 127m)

Wednesday, December 31, 8 p.m.
8:00 PM Doors open, passed appetizers by Deleece Restaurant, cash bar, music
9:00 PM Introduction by Dick ODay and Burlesque and a live stage show
9:30 PM MOULIN ROUGE with an audience interaction guide!
Midnight Champagne toast (Included in ticket price)
Midnight to 1:00 am, Music entertainment, cash bar, dessert, and complimentary coffee service

Moulin Rouge!

A film by Baz Luhrmann starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo


The story of a young writer who falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.

Join us this New Year’s Eve for a special presentation of the fantastical Moulin Rouge! Writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) recounts his time at the Moulin Rouge where he fell in love with the dancer Satine (Nicole Kidman). Featuring songs by T.Rex, Nirvana, Madonna, Queen, The Police, Elton John, and more.


Wed, Dec 31 9:00pm

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