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Music Box 30th Anniversary! Touch of Sin! The Freshman!
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

In 1983, The Music Box Theatre reopened after a few years of hard times. To celebrate our the Music Box Theatre’s 30th Anniversary as a repertory cinema, we’re dedicating two weeks to special events, double features, and much more!

On Friday, Nov 22nd, at 6pm, we’ll be hosting a reception, followed by a double feature of Hitchcock’s North By Northwest and the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski!

On Saturday, Nov 23rd, come by for our Winter Calendar Release Party. The evening kicks off at 7pm with a reception and live jazz music. At 8pm, we start with vaudeville acts, and a new restoration of Harold Lloyd’s classic The Freshman with accompaniment by the Music Box Theatre organ! Tickets on sale now.

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. Check out the full schedule and purchase tickets now.

A Touch of Sin is a thrilling reflection on contemporary China. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangkewas, the film inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world’s fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. The Dissolve calls it “A bold, invigorating statement from a director who keeps reinventing himself”.

Our weekend matinees include Rita Hayworth’s most famous performance in the steamy noir Gilda and the mesmerizing reflection on art Museum Hours. Our midnight movies are Chan-wook Park’s original revenge thriller Oldboy and the intergalactic The Visitor, a film you must see to believe!

And don’t forget, after you’re finished with Thanksgiving festivities next weekend, swing by for our Sing-A-Long Sound of Music! Our annual screenings include the classic Julie Andrews musical with lyrics on screen, plus a preshow costume contest, goodie bags, and more. These shows sell out, so get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Thursday, November 21st – Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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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

A Touch of Sin

A film by Zhangke Jia starring Wu Jiang, Vivien Li, Lanshan Luo


A thrilling reflection on contemporary China: a society in which rampant economic development has ushered in an epidemic of violence.

“A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China.”
–Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

An angry miner, enraged by the corruption of his village leaders, takes action. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities that owning a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist working in a sauna is pushed to the limit when a wealthy client assaults her. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. Four people, four different provinces.



A film by Charles Vidor starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready


Featuring Rita Hayworth in her best-known performance, Gilda is an ambiguous cross between a hardcore noir adventure of the 1940s and the cycle of “women’s pictures.” A crooked gambler, a casino owner, and his unfaithful wife are caught up in a steamy — and deadly — love triangle.

After what appears to be a late-night male pick-up, a wealthy club owner (George Macready) offers the down-and-out gambler Glenn Ford a job in his Buenos Aires club. What George Macready doesn’t know is that his new little friend seems to have a past with his gorgeous new wife Gilda… New film print!



A film by Chan-wook Park starring Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang


As a young man, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is kidnapped right before his daughter’s birthday and confined in a strange prison-hotel. For 15 years, Dae-su trains his body and his mind for one purpose: payback.

When he’s released, Dae-su embarks upon a roaring rampage of violent retribution, bringing a young sushi chef named Mi-do for the ride. What follows is an epic revenge play tragedy that will take Dae-su to the absolute limit of sanity. The second film in Chan-wook Park’s excellent Vengeance Trilogy, see the original once again before the American remake!


The Visitor

A film by Michael J. Paradise starring Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford


Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston stars in phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor, about an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

Director/Professional Body Builder Michael J. Paradise’s film stands as perhaps the most ambitious of all the European attempts at Hollywood cloning, taking its inspiration by artfully fusing The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury, and Star Wars alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, and Sam Peckinpah(!!!).


Museum Hours

A film by Jem Cohen starring Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits


Vienna, winter. Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum encounters Anne, a foreign visitor called to Austria because of a medical emergency.

Never having been to Austria and with little money, Anne wanders the city in limbo, taking the museum as her refuge. Johann, initially wary, offers help, and they’re drawn into each other’s worlds. Their meetings spark an unexpected series of explorations – of their own lives and the life of the city, and of the way artworks can reflect and shape daily experience.

The museum is seen in the film not as an archaic institution housing historical artifacts, but as an enigmatic crossroads in which, through the artworks, a discussion takes place across time with vital implications in the contemporary world. While the “conversations” embodied in the museum’s collection revolve around nothing less than the matters that most concern us all: death, sex, history, theology, materialism, and so on; it’s through the regular lives of the guard and displaced visitor that these heady subjects are brought entirely down to earth and made manifest.


Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 2013

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This Thanksgiving weekend, give thanks for some of your “favorite things!”

Fun for the whole family! The classic film with on-screen lyrics so that everyone can sing along. Fun Packs included! Costume Contest!

This fun-filled tradition includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!

The fun actually starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary Magic Moments Pack containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.

Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills.

The Sound of Music

A film by Robert Wise starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


This classic film, one of the most beloved of all time, is back at the Music Box for the whole family to sing along to. Maria (Julie Andrews) joins the von Trapp family as a governess in Austria, right before the Nazi occupation. She teaches the von Trapp children music, while also falling in love with the Captain von Trapp.

A story about love, music, joy, and fighting for what is right, The Sound of Music is a film for all ages.


Fri, Nov 29 4:00pm

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