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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Welcome to the final Music Box Theatre Newsletter of 2012!

As we look to the past 52 weeks we can see a lot of amazing events, calendars, films, special guests, and we are incredibly thankful to all of our Music Box Theatre Patrons. This year we screened over 350 different films, we popped over 13,000 pounds of popcorn seed, admitted over 115,000 patrons— and we can’t wait until 2013 and all of the things we have in store!

Take a look below for some great films and events we have for these final few days of 2012 and the first few of 2013.


Thursday, December 27th – Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013


The Poseidon Adventure

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Join us aboard the S.S. Poseidon for New Years Eve!

“Passengers” are invited to embark at 11:00pm on December 31st for a Camp Midnight pre-show hosted by your Captain Dick O’Day and staffed by the hearty crew of Hell in a Handbag Productions. There will be a costume competition with fantastic prizes as voted on by the audience! So put on your best wear from that secondhand store!

Then sit back and enjoy a screening of the film most beloved disaster flick in cinema history, The Poseidon Adventure. This 1972 Academy Award-winning “classic” tells the tale of a tottering ocean liner that flips over one fateful New Year’s Eve.

Audience members will receive an interactive guide and Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film. The screening of the film will be timed so that theatre patrons and their celluloid counterparts will celebrate midnight at the exact same time. The screening will also feature original bonus material created by Hell in a Handbag Productions.

Admission includes a complimentary champagne toast, drink ticket, and party favors. Reserve your deck chair now! 70’s cruisewear preferred! The Music Box Theatre will remain open until 2am for post-show festivities!

The Poseidon Adventure

A film by Ronald Neame starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall



Mon, Dec 31 10:00pm

Sam Spiegel, Best Picture, Academy Awards Academy Awards

David Lean, Best Director, Academy Awards Academy Awards

Freddie Young, Best Cinematography, Color, Academy Awards Academy Awards

Lawrence of Arabia

A film by David Lean starring Peter O'Toole, Alex Guinness, Omar Sharif, and Anthony Quinn


Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1962, Lawrence of Arabia is a timeless motion picture masterpiece.

In honor of its five decades as one of the best films ever made, we are screening the film as part of the 2014 70mm Film Festival. This is a rare opportunity to see Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen with the detail and range of color and brightness that is only possible in 70mm.

Directed by David Lean (The Bridge on the River Kwai) and starring Peter O’Toole in a career making performance, this is the #7 film on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.


Fri, Dec 28 1:00pm · 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 29 1:00pm · 6:00pm
Sun, Dec 30 1:00pm · 6:00pm
Mon, Dec 31 12:30pm · 5:00pm
Tue, Jan 1 1:00pm · 6:00pm
Wed, Jan 2 1:00pm · 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 3 1:00pm · 6:00pm
Fri, Jul 11 7:00pm
Sun, Jul 13 3:30pm
Mon, Jul 14 7:00pm

The Big Picture

A film by Eric Lartigau starring Romain Duris, Marina Foïs and Niels Arestrup


Is it possible to disappear, to start over, to reinvent ourselves and, ultimately, to become someone else entirely?

Paul Exben (Romain Duris in an intense performance) is a handsome and successful thirty-something Parisian corporate lawyer with a beautiful wife, two children, and a glimmering future as a partner in the firm he co-owns with his mentor, Anne (Catherine Deneuve.) But behind this deceptively perfect bourgeois façade lies a desire for creative fulfillment, a restless spirit who despises his conformist life and envies the freedom of his neighbor Greg (Eric Ruf) an uncompromising photojournalist.

Greg’s unexpected death throws Paul’s life into chaos, and he makes a startling decision that pushes him into unknown territory. Embarking on a cross-continent odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention, Paul experiences what many have wondered at some point in life: is it possible to become someone else?

With Hitchcockian precision and echoes of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, director Eric Lartigau (The Players, I Do) explores themes of identity and creativity as he tracks this unique fugitive on a gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro and points beyond, eliciting suspense out of one man’s fear of getting caught after he engineers the ultimate fresh start.


Fri, Dec 28 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Sat, Dec 29 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Sun, Dec 30 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Mon, Dec 31 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Tue, Jan 1 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Wed, Jan 2 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Thu, Jan 3 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Sat, Jan 5 10:30am
Sun, Jan 6 10:30am

The Central Park Five

A film by Ken Burns, David McMahon, Sarah Burns


A new documentary from award winning filmmaker Ken Burns.

“The film tells a shocking story in eloquent, even-handed and affecting terms.”
–David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the “crime of the century” and it remains to date one of the biggest media stories of our time. The five each spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a shocking confession from a serial rapist and DNA evidence proved their innocence.

Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of how five lives were upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a devastating miscarriage of justice.


Thu, Dec 27 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 29 10:30am
Sun, Dec 30 10:30am


A film by F. W. Murnau starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston


One of the most beloved silent films, F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise was his first film in the US. George O’Brien is a married farmer tempted away from his wife, Janet Gaynor, by a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. When the farmer’s wife escapes her murderous husband, he has a change of heart and must find his wife in the big city to which she’s fled and bring her home. Featuring the most adorable drunk pig you’ll ever see on film!


Sat, Dec 29 10:30am
Sun, Dec 30 10:30am

Jackie Brown

A film by Quentin Tarantino starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro


Jackie Brown is an aging flight attendant who smuggles cash on the side. But when she’s busted and pressured to help with an investigation, she plans to play the opposing forces against each other and walk away with the dough.


Fri, Dec 28 midnight
Sat, Dec 29 midnight
Fri, Jan 4 midnight
Sat, Jan 5 midnight

Get Crazy

A film by Allan Arkush starring Malcolm McDowell, Allen Garfield and Daniel Stern


A wildly kinetic ride through the punk and new wave scenes of the early-80s! It’s your typical let’s put on a show to save the place taken to a Muppets-like extreme with a cavalcade of cameos (Malcolm McDowell out-swaggerin’ Jagger! Lou Reed does Dylan!) and bizzaro left-field jokes that you’ll probably miss because you were too busy laughing at the previous chuckler. Ed Begely Jr. plays an evil media mogul intent on shuttering an old concert hall, and it’s up to plucky young promoter Alan Garfield to put on the best New Year’s Even concert ever to earn enough scratch to buy up the lease himself. THIS ROCKER IS NOT ON DVD!


Fri, Dec 28 midnight
Sat, Dec 29 midnight

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