Happy Thursday Music Boxers,
Just in time for Halloween, we’re bringing two horror classics back to the big screen, with brand new restorations. Celebrating its 45th Anniversary is Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, starring Mia Farrow as a mother-to-be who suspects other-worldly forces may be endangering her unborn baby.
The Wicker Man has been seen for decades in mutilated versions, but now we’re proud to present The Wicker Man – The Final Cut, a new restoration for the cult classic’s 40th anniversary! A devout Christian cop visits a small island town in search of a missing girl. His investigation takes him deeper into the strange town, until he may be in over his head.
In Escape From Tomorrow, a trip to the happiest place on Earth turns into an epic battle, when a father loses his sanity on the last day of an idyllic family holiday. Join director Randy Moore on Friday & Saturday at 7:15pm for post-screening Q&As to find out about the making of this unique film. Tickets on sale now.
Friday at noon, Schopf & Weiss LLP presents a special edition of Movies on Trial in recognition of National Pro Bono Week. We’ll be screening To Kill a Mockingbird, the Oscar-winning adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, starring Gregory Peck in his finest role. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, and attorney attendees will receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. Tickets are FREE, reserve yours today!
On Sunday afternoon, we’re screening of a brand-new 35mm print of the 1953 alien invasion classic War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin. Before the feature, University of Chicago professor and radio expert Neil Verma will present rare excerpts of Orson Welles’ infamous 1930’s War of the Worlds broadcast, which caused a nationwide panic 75 years ago this Halloween. Tickets for this one-time-only event now available.
Early mornings this weekend, we’re hosting the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the largest festival for kids film in North America! To celebrate the Festival’s 30th anniversary, the Music Box will once again join Facets’ Children’s Programs to showcase over 200 movies from around the world. Purchase advance tickets now, and take your kids on their first trip to the Music Box!
We also have midnight screenings of Manos: The Hands of Fate, the hilariously terrible movie ranked by many as the worst film of all time. On Saturday at 1pm, Kenneth Branagh appears in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade, in National Theatre Live’s MacBeth (Tickets on sale now).
And finally, it’s Halloween weekend in Chicago, which means it’s time for The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box. This cult musical is a wild ride like no other, with Midnight Madness presenting a live shadowcast. We have screenings on Friday & Saturday at midnight, and Halloween night at 10pm. Tickets are almost sold out, so buy your tickets today!