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Casablanca! The Princess Bride! Oscar Nominees! The Rocket!
Thursday, February 13th, 2014

This weekend, the Music Box is for lovers, so grab your best guy or gal and head down to the theatre as we celebrate the holiday!

On Valentine’s Day, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy”, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. The interactive screening comes complete with prop bags, a pre-show costume contest, and more! Tickets on sale now.

Saturday afternoon, it’s time for our annual screening of the classic film Casablanca, beginning with a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” with accompaniment from the Music Box organ. After the sing-a-long, you and your sweetheart can canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time. Tickets on sale now.

In The Rocket, a boy who is believed to bring bad luck builds a giant rocket to prove he’s not cursed, planning to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Currently rated 100% FRESH on RottenTomatoes, The Playlist calls it “Crowd pleasing and enjoyable. . . Admiringly respectful and carefully considered”.

Before you fill out your Oscar ballot, head down to the Music Box for For Your Consideration: A Week Of Oscar. Our film series includes nominees for this year’s awards in a wide variety of categories, from Best Picture (Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street) to Best Documentary (The Act of Killing) to Best Makeup & Hairstyling (Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa). Check out the full schedule here.

On Saturday night, check out HUMP Tour, a selection of thought-provoking, outrageous, sexy, and artistic short films from the HUMP! Film Festival, hosted by Dan Savage (Tickets on sale now). On Sunday morning, Tom Hiddleston stars in National Theatre Live’s production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (Tickets on sale now).

If you’re not the sentimental type, come by for our midnight screenings of the holiday slasher My Bloody Valentine. We’re screening a vintage 35mm print, featuring extra gore never shown theatrically!

We also have daily screenings of The Great Beauty, matinee screenings of the comedy noir Dangerous Blondes, a Sunday matinee of Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Program A, and a special Thursday presentation of Press Pass presents Miracle, presented by the Chicago Tribune.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 13th – Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Princess Bride

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On Valentine’s Day, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy.”

Featuring pre-show entertainment that includes a costume contest. Dress up as the dashing Inigo Montoya, the beautiful Buttercup, the gentle Fezzik, or any of your other favorite characters.

The Princess Bride

A film by Rob Reiner starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Peter Falk


Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, Battling Rodents of Unusual Size, Facing torture in the Pit of Despair. – True love has never been a snap.

This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book “The Princess Bride” to his hard-to-impress grandson. This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. Along the way they encounter a Spanish swordsman, a gentle giant, and the six-fingered villain, Count Rugen.

Has a greater love story ever been told? Inconceivable.


Fri, Feb 14 6:00pm
Academy Awards

Best Picture, Academy Awards (1944)


Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along with Casablanca

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The Music Box Theatre’s annual screening of the classic film Casablanca begins with a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” featuring a selection of favorite love songs complete with projected lyrics and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

Songs include “You Are My Sunshine,” “Bicycle Built for Two,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” After the sing-a-long you and your sweetheart can hold hands, canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time.


A film by Michael Curtiz starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman


Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you’re wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart in one of his most memorable roles), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one—especially Victor’s wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart.

Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo’s transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more—personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

Winner of three Academy Awards including “Best Picture,” Casablanca remains one of Hollywood’s greatest treasures more than 70 years after it first lit up the screen.


Sat, Feb 15 2:00pm

The Rocket

A film by Kim Mordaunt starring Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam


A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boys builds a giant rocket to prove he’s not cursed, planning to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.


Hump Tour hosted by Dan Savage

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Since 2005, the HUMP! Film Festival has challenged ordinary people from all over the Pacific Northwest to become temporary, weekend porn stars – by making their very own five-minute dirty movies for a chance to win big cash prizes! And they did not disappoint!

The resulting short films run the gamut of sexual styles: straight, gay, lesbian, transgender…every color in the sexual rainbow…and some we never knew existed. HUMP! films are funny, thought-provoking, sad, artistic, outrageous, and almost overwhelmingly sexy – because they’re real. See 15 of the hottest HUMP films in action…they’ll make you laugh, squeal, and marvel at the broad (and creative) range of human sexuality. It’s the HUMP! Tour 2013/14! And you’re going to have a blast.


Sat, Feb 15 5:00pm

My Bloody Valentine

A film by George Milhalka starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck


Of all the holiday-themed slashers, this film is closest to our hearts! There’s a big Valentine’s day party planned in the little mining town of Valentine’s Bluff. It is the first V-Day party in twenty years after a horrific tragedy marred the date for the townsfolk. When a box of candy arrives containing an eerie warning and a blood-soaked heart, the elder citizens can’t believe it could be happening again…Screening from a vintage 35mm print featuring extra gore never shown theatrically!


The Great Beauty

A film by Paolo Sorrentino starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli


“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination.”
New York Times

“A masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity.”
–Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

Rome, Italy, lush, timeless, opulent, and home to journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo of Il divo and Gomorrah). Since the early success of his one and only novel decades ago, Jep has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles and has thoroughly enjoyed every pleasure Rome has to offer.

But as his sixty-fifth birthday comes and goes, Jep finds himself beginning to take stock of his life; looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to see himself and Rome in a new light. Called “A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era,” The Great Beauty is a sensuous epic, a breathtaking feast for the senses and a compelling introspective journey into the life and mind of a man and the eternal city.


Dangerous Blondes

A film by Leigh Jason starring Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes


Mystery writer Barry Craig (Allyn Joslyn) and his wife Jane (Evelyn Keyes) love making the police look bad on a fictional detective writers vs. real detectives radio quiz contest. But they prefer solving crimes to writing about them, and they get a chance when killings plague a friend’s fashion photography studio. A rip-roaring comedy in The Thin Man vein, this is one of the rarest films in the series! Not on DVD!


Press Pass: Miracle with Steve Rosenbloom and Mark Caro

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Watch Miracle with Steve Rosenbloom and Mark Caro

Join the ??Chicago Tribune??’s Steve Rosenbloom and Mark Caro for a sports movie night of miraculous proportions.

On the verge of the 34th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” watch the timeless story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that shocked the world when a band of college kids upset the powerful Soviets and captured the gold medal.

Then watch Miracle, the 2004 movie starring Kurt Russell, and stay for a conversation with Rosenbloom and Caro, who will be joined live on stage by 1980 Olympic team member and former Blackhawk Jack O’Callahan. No hockey fan will want to miss this experience.


A film by Gavin O'Connor starring Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West


Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Focused on achieving the impossible — defeating the Soviet Union’s unbeaten hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics — brash U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks unites a motley group of college athletes and turns them into a force to be reckoned with.


Thu, Feb 20 7:00pm

2014 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Docs Program A


The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Directors: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Karama Has No Walls
Director: Sara Ishaq

Facing Fear
Director: Jason Cohen

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Directors: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world’s oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.

Karama Has No Walls
Director: Sara Ishaq

When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.

Facing Fear
Director: Jason Cohen

As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.



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National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.

Join us for this special screening of one of Shakespeare’s best plays!


A film by Josie Rourke starring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss


When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.


Sun, Feb 16 11:30am

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