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Sunday, September 16th, 2012

It seems like ever since we started our Summer Music Film Festival in 2011 we have had the opportunity to have more and more music related events and films, and this fall is filled with them!

If you don’t have ticket’s to the SOLD OUT 7pm Monday discussion presented by the Chicago Tribune, Press Pass All-Access Series: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards we have the next best thing, a screening of Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense and we hope Mr. Byrne might make an appearance, but no promises!

Did you see Shut Up And Play The Hits this summer? Do you want that same awesome experience but with the entire concert? For one single screening we will screen the entire concert on Tuesday, October 2nd LCD Soundsystem: The Final Concert and we will be the secret advanced place to get DVD’s and Blu Rays of SUAPTH before anyone else!

Speaking of special opportunities… we will screen The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour on Monday, Oct 8th.

Then, sing-a-long to your favorite musical on roller skates: Xanadu on Saturday, Nov 3rd at 11:59pm!

On Monday, Nov 5th celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s birth with a very special screening of “Live at Woodstock”:http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/jimi-hendrix-live-at-woodstock-2012-11-05-730-pm

Finally, we have a secret to tell…. shhhhh…. Sing-A-Long Trapped in the Closet on Friday, Nov 17th and Saturday, Nov 18th at 11:59pm. It’s happening, it’s going to be awesome.

Sunday, September 16th – Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

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Press Pass All-Access Series: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards

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Greg Kot appears with David Byrne and Bettina Richards at the Music Box Theatre.

Join Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot for a special evening with author and Talking Heads cofounder David Byrne and Thrill Jockey Records founder Bettina Richards. The three will discuss Byrne’s new book, How Music Works, in which the legendary artist explores the joy, the physics and the business of making music.

How Music Works will be available for sale at the event.

How Music Works


Press Pass All-Access Series: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards.

In his latest book since the best-selling Bicycle Diaries, David Byrne takes on the role of musical historian and anthropologist as he dissects how, exactly, music has been shaped through time and place. Ranging in scope from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages to birdsongs in San Francisco, Byrne’s How Music Works is a guided tour of the business, physics and joys of music. One of the most brilliant artists of our time, Byrne’s writing, honed from a life of musical experience, will be remembered as one of the most enlightening books on the subject in a long, long time.


Mon, Sep 17 7:00pm

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This farewell concert was a celebration, a send-off extraordinaire, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who were lucky enough to be there.

This is your chance to see the almost 4-hour concert in its entirety on the big screen.

This event is also the early release party for Shut Up and Play the Hits on DVD and Blu-Ray; both these and SUAPTH posters will be on sale at the theatre that evening!

LCD Soundsystem: The Final Concert

starring James Murphy


“If it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever.”

On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and Time Magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.”

From when “Dance Yourself Clean” kicks things off, to the crowd singing along to “All My Friends,” to the final encore of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” the film engulfs and moves, as the passion and emotion of the musicians and the crowd wash over. Someone great, indeed.


Tue, Oct 2 7:30pm

The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour

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To celebrate the release of Magical Mystery Tour, the restored film will be shown on the big screen for the very first time and include some never before seen footage and interviews.

Songs you’ll never forget, the film you’ve never seen and a story that’s never been heard.

A strictly limited number of screenings will take place from this fall in the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, Italy, and Mexico. Come to the Music Box Theatre and watch John, Paul, George and Ringo climb aboard a colorful bus with a slew of eccentric characters and take a whimsical tour through the English countryside on their way to a beachside resort.

Magical Mystery Tour

A film by Bernard Knowles, The Beatles starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr


Songs you’ll never forget, the film you’ve never seen and a story that’s never been heard.

In September 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary impact of Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles made a film — this time conceived and directed by them. Based on a loose unscripted narrative and in the spirit of the experimental mood of the time, the film became the vehicle to present 6 new songs: “Magical Mystery Tour”, “The Fool On The Hill”, “Flying”, “I Am The Walrus”, “Blue Jay Way” and “Your Mother Should Know”.

Magical Mystery Tour is a surreal take on the British tradition of a coach trip to the seaside, featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves along with an eccentric cast of characters.


Mon, Oct 8 7:30pm

Sing-A-Long Xanadu!

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Sing along while your dreams come true!

For one magical night only, Xanadu will be experienced the only way a classic musical roller disco film should be presented – in a theater filled with leg-warmers, drag queens and screaming Xanadu fans of all shapes and sizes belting out the film’s well known songs!

Sing-Along Xanadu promises a tacky, hilarious extravaganza filled with roller skating, neon, spandex, and lots and lots of glitter. Hosted by Dick O’Day and the Camp Midnight Players!


A film by Robert Greenwald starring Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly and Michael Beck


This romantic musical fantasy film is the story of Sonny Malone and the search for his muse. After running into a roller-skating woman named Kira (Olivia Newton-John), Sonny becomes obsessed with finding her again. He is lead to an abandoned auditorium, where he finds Kira again. Literally a Greek muse, she unites him with Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), a man who was similarly inspired by Kira 40 years ago. They team up to build the world’s greatest roller disco rink.


Sat, Nov 3 midnight

Jimi Hendrix 70th Anniversary Celebration Live at Woodstock

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To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s birth we’re screening his set at Woodstock.

Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock

A film by Michael Wadleigh, Chris Hegedus, Erez Laufer starring Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Larry Lee, Juma Sultan


Hendrix’s seminal performance at Woodstock in 1969, in high definition and surround sound.

Live at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix’s headlining appearance at the most famous festival in rock music history, is rivaled only by his set at Monterey Pop for sheer legendary status. But the two are very different. The rock guitarist was a virtual unknown in America when he delivered his literally incendiary performance at Monterey in 1967. A little more than two years later he was an established star, picked to close this mammoth three-day show (he was slated to appear on Sunday night, but weather and various snafus pushed that to Monday morning).

Introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix quickly corrects that to Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, with original drummer Mitch Mitchell and new bassist Billy Cox augmented by two percussionists and a second guitarist (all three are for the most part inaudible, subsumed in the great sonic wash of Hendrix’s wailing guitar and Mitchell’s thrashing drums). The music had changed, too. Hendrix had started moving away from the format of short, poppy songs with the Electric Ladyland album, and while he still plays “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” and “Fire,” much of the emphasis in this lengthy set is on extended jamming. Not all of it works, but when it does — as on “Spanish Castle Magic” and a sped-up “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” which leads into the feedback-drenched re-imagining of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the performance takes off. Little more than a year later, Jimi Hendrix, still regarded as the greatest rock guitarist ever, would be dead.


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