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70mm Festival! North Sea Texas! Gigi!
Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day Music Boxers,

This weekend, we’re proud to kick off the Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival! For two weeks, we’ll be screening some amazing films, from Vertigo to 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Master, in glorious 70mm (Full schedule below). As the film industry has moved away from film to digital projection, we wanted to give you a chance to see these films as their creators wished them to be seen: On the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm. Festival passes & single feature tickets on sale now.

Also opening this weekend is North Sea Texas. This new film from director Bavo Defurne tells a tender coming-of-age story about a young boy who falls in love with his best friend. The New York Times calls it “A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.”

Forget to make plans for Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, there are still a few tickets available to our Casablanca Sweethearts Sing Along. Come see the classic Bogart & Bergman romance and sing some classic love songs, with live accompaniment from the famous Music Box organ. Tickets on sale now.

We also have midnight showings of Phantom of the Paradise (With music by Paul Williams!), weekend matinees of the Oscar-winning musical Gigi, and daily screenings of 56 Up and John Dies At The End.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 14th – Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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North Sea, Texas

A film by Bavo Defurne starring Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva van der Gucht and Thomas Coumans


A film about a boy in love with his best friend.

Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere at the Belgian coast, together with his mother Yvette Bulteel (better known as Yvette Mimosa, local accordion starlet). Life here smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, vermouth and stale beer. Mother Yvette uses her fat Etienne with his lousy grey Fiat as a driver for the nights she has to “perform.”

As a kid Pim dreams of a better life, imagining princesses and beauty queens. But when Pim turns 16 he dreams of Gino, the boy next door, instead. Ever since they were children there has been this tension between them. Now Gino is Pim’s motorcycling hero. Cold mockery, little humiliations and tiny bits of hope make up Pim’s life. No wonder he sometimes flees to his dream world.

Then one day Yvette leaves with young, hunky Zoltan, the boy from the fair. When Yvette leaves her son alone in the empty house, Pim seizes the opportunity and his dreams become half-truths. Pim moves to the neighbours’ house to live with Marcella, his “second mum”. And with Sabrina, Gino’s sister, who circles longingly around Pim. He even sleeps in Gino’s bed! But Gino’s off romancing and living with a girl from across the border. Dreams never come true. Or do they?

Academy Awards

Best Picture, Academy Awards (1944)


Casablanca Sweethearts Sing Along

Purchase advance tickets online

Romance and a classic film.

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 memorable 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 will be treated to the timeless Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, one of the greatest romantic films of all time.

Who loves love? We do!

Want to combine the sing along with a meal?

The Music Box Theatre has partnered with two great neighborhood establishments to offer some special date night options. Deleece is located just a few doors North of the theatre and Diag will be providing a fun trolley of love from their location just a few blocks south!

Dinner with Diag Bar & Grill

The Diag is Lakeview’s favorite neighborhood kitchen and ale house. Nestled in the Lakeview neighborhood, The Diag is traditionally designed with rustic details in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere including our Library we refer to as the Stacks. Located at 2856 N Southport Ave. Learn more at www.diagchicago.com

The Diag Date Night Package is $50/person or $100/couple and includes:

  • 1 Small Plate/person
  • 2 Cocktails/person
  • 1 Dessert to share together!
  • A Trolly Ride to and from the Music Box Theatre beginning from Diag Bar and Grill
    (Does not include Gratuity. Does include Tax)

Purchase your tickets to the Diag Valentines Date Night by clicking HERE


Dinner With Deleece

We have a special Deleece Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu deal for you! Deleece is your electric neighborhood restaurant at 3747 N. Southport. Learn more at www.deleece.com

$110 per couple ($55 per person), includes the dinner and tickets to Casablanca.

First course, Choice of:
Ahi Tuna Tartare, Billi Bi, or Deleece Winter Salad

Second course:
Filet Mignon & Short Rib or Colossal Stuffed Shrimp

Third course:
Fondue for Two

Does not include tax or gratuity. (An additional bill for Tax, gratuity, and drinks will be issued at the end of the meal)

Purchase your tickets to the Deleece Valentines Date Night by clicking HERE


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.


Thu, Feb 14 6:30pm

56 Up

A film by Michael Apted, Paul Almond


Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, The Up Series is back with the age 56 installment.

“I think it’s the most notable use of film that I’ve been able to witness as a filmgoer. Noble in its simplicity and its honesty and its directness and its lack of pretension or grandiosity. Just the gaze of an interested observer coming into these lives and saying, ‘How you doin’?’”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Nothing like this will ever be made again, and none of us is likely to age as well as the series itself.”
–James Walton, The Telegraph

Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, The Up Series has been called “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium” by renowned film critic Roger Ebert.

In 1964, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted began his career as a researcher on a new experimental series for Granada TV called Seven Up, which explored the Jesuit maxim, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds from all over England, to see whether a class system was in place. By asking the children about their lives and their dreams for the future, difference in attitudes and opportunity were witnessed.

For almost half a century, Apted has interviewed the original group every seven years, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 56. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn, and Susan, and the iconoclast Neil, the present age brings more life-changing decisions and surprising developments. From success and disappointment, marriage and childbirth, to poverty and illness, nearly every facet of life is discussed with the group, as they assess whether their lives have ultimately been ruled by circumstance or self-determination.


John Dies at the End

A film by Don Coscarelli starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, and Paul Giamatti


Mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David.

“??John Dies at the End?? is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy--and an immensely entertaining one, too.”

It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Based on the novel by author David Wong, John Dies at the End was adapted and directed by horror auteur Don Coscarelli. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.

After sold-out screenings at major film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, and Seattle, John Dies at the End will be coming soon to a theater near you.



A film by Vincente Minnelli starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan


Winner of all nine Academy Awards it was nominated for, this charming musical is set in Fin de siecle Paris, a time of boredom and cynicism for the wealthy bourgeois. Against this backdrop is Maurice Chevalier, a rich playboy weary of the conventions of Parisian society. He strikes up a platonic friendship with courtesan-in-training Gigi (Leslie Caron), but love adds a surprise twist to this delightful turn-of-the 20th century Cinderella story.


Phantom of the Paradise

A film by Brian De Palma starring Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper


Praise be to whatever dark lord made this unholy masterpiece! Brian De Palma’s glam-rock musical, featuring songs by Paul Williams, is a coked-out mashup of T. Rex, Hitchcock, Universal Monsters, and Rocky Horror. Winslow Leach is a promising musician whose work is stolen by the evil producer Swan (played to pig-faced perfection by Paul Williams). tortured and beaten for attempting to reclaim his music, Winslow transforms into the steel-toothed, cape-wearing, leather-clad Phantom, out to wreak havoc upon Swan’s new nightclub, The Paradise!


Fri, Jun 17 4:30pm · midnight

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