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It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! The Babadook! A Very Kubrick Christmas!
Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Happy Holidays Music Boxers,

Our 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show continues this week, right up through Christmas Eve! We have more shows of the timeless classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, with a preshow Sing-A-Long with Santa Claus. Come on out today for White Christmas at 3:20pm & 9:40pm, and It’s A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm!

In The Babadook, a single mother battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. One of the most terrifying films in years, The Babadook is currently rated 98% on RottenTomatoes. The Chicago Tribune gives Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut 3 1/2 Stars, calling it “One of the strongest feature film debuts in a long time, in any genre”.

On Monday the 22nd, we’re presenting an encore of our Alternative Christmas Double Feature, with Die Hard at 6:15pm and Home Alone at 8:30pm! One ticket gets you into TWO great films, about two brave men (Ok, one man and one boy) defending Christmas from the forces of evil!

Starting on Christmas, join us for A Very Kubrick Christmas! We’re screening the iconic films of director Stanley Kubrick, all from 35mm prints! From the subversive A Clockwork Orange to the terrifying The Shining to the madcap Dr. Strangelove, and much much more! The series kicks off on Christmas Day with Kubrick’s final masterpiece, Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise!

We also have additional showings of Force Majeure, the darkly comic examination of masculinity. A critical favorite, the past few days have seen the film win “Best Foreign Language Film” from the Chicago Film Critics Association, land on The Dissolve list of The Best Films of 2014, and be nominated by the Golden Globes for “Best Foreign-Language Film”!

See you at the movies!

Thursday, December 18th – Wednesday, December 24th, 2014


2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show

Friday 12 – Thursday 25 December 2014


Purchase advance tickets online

Purchase advance tickets online

Purchase advance tickets online

Purchase advance tickets online

One of the most popular and beloved Christmas traditions in Chicago is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. Come celebrate the holidays with the Music Box!

Who could have predicted on that snowy Christmas Eve in 1983, when the operator of a vintage movie theater in Chicago decided to show two old holiday movies and sing a few Christmas carols during the intermission, that 30 years later the Music Box Christmas Show would become a 9-day extravaganza that grows more popular with each passing year? People from all around Chicagoland have made this terrific, old-fashioned event part of their family’s holiday tradition.

Each year, holiday revelers are greeted by none other than Santa Claus, live and in person. Santa welcomes the audience and, accompanied by the theater organist, leads them in the singing of the most cherished Christmas carols of all time. The lyrics are projected onto the theater’s screen so no one misses a chance to sing their hearts out.

Then the audience sits back and enjoys a Christmas movie classic. Some folks like to keep the music going and opt to see White Christmas so they can sing the timeless lyrics of Irving Berlin along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kay and Rosemary Clooney. Others prefer to cheer for Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and hiss Mr. Potter during a showing of the heart-warming It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra,1946).

And those truly filled with holiday spirit see both films!

If you and your family want to be part of the holiday fun, send a photo from past years at the Music Box Theatre with the names of those in the picture to boxoffice@musicboxtheatre.com and we will add you to the preshow slideshow on the big screen!

How do I purchase tickets?

Online Tickets: Tickets through the Music Box Theatre website will go on sale starting on Friday, October 31st at noon.

Tickets through the Music Box Theatre Box Office go on sale starting on Monday, November 3rd at noon.

You can call the Music Box Theatre Box Office from 4:00pm to 9:00pm daily at 773-871-6607 to purchase tickets over the phone or in person.

For groups of 20 or more, please email groups@musicboxtheatre.com or call 773-871-6607 (for group sales only, please call between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday-Thursday).

In addition, if you’re looking to throw a holiday party or make dinner reservations in the area, check out these options!


Thu, Dec 18   White Christmas   3:20pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   6:30pm
  White Christmas   9:40pm
Fri, Dec 19   It’s a Wonderful Life   3:20pm
  White Christmas   6:30pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   9:40pm
Sat, Dec 20   It’s a Wonderful Life   12:15pm
  White Christmas   3:20pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   6:30pm
  White Christmas   9:40pm
Sun, Dec 21   It’s a Wonderful Life   12:15pm
  White Christmas   3:20pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   6:30pm
Tue, Dec 23   White Christmas   3:20pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   6:30pm
  White Christmas   9:40pm
Wed, Dec 24   White Christmas   12:15pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   3:20pm

Best Picture at Austin Fantastic Fest,

The Babadook

A film by Jennifer Kent starring Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall


A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

“5 Stars! An expertly unsettling horror film...”
Time Out New York

“An impressively chilling exercise in old-school restraint...”

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control as he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, and she slowly begins to realize that his fears may not be unfounded.


Fri, Dec 19 3:10pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm · 11:30pm
Sat, Dec 20 3:10pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Dec 21 3:10pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Dec 22 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Dec 23 3:10pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Dec 24 3:10pm
Thu, Dec 25 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm

Music Box’s Alternative Christmas Double Feature 2014

Monday 22 December 2014


For 31 years the Music Box Theatre has been the Chicago home for White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, but once again, we present an amazing Alternative Christmas Double Feature.

Why? Because most of us at the Music Box are still a little jaded that we never got that remote control car for Christmas 1987. This year, we celebrate with a double feature of Home Alone and Die Hard. Yippee ki yay, you filthy animal!


Mon, Dec 22   Die Hard   6:15pm
  Home Alone   8:30pm

Peter Ustinov, Best Supporting Actor, Academy Awards Academy Awards

Nominated: Russell Metty, Best Cinematography, Color, Academy Awards Academy Awards

Stanley Kubrick, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects, Academy Awards Academy Awards

A Very Kubrick Christmas

25 December 2014 – Thursday 1 January 2015


This holiday season, don’t let yourself get cabin fever – come celebrate with a legend of cinema, Mr. Stanley Kubrick! We’re screening nearly every film this former photographer made – all from 35mm prints! It’s our gift to you, dear cinephile. Films include A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, LOLITA, DR. STRANGELOVE, KILLER’S KISS, and many more. And yes, we will be screening EYES WIDE SHUT on Christmas Day!


Thu, Dec 25   Eyes Wide Shut   6:30pm
  The Shining   9:45pm
Fri, Dec 26   The Killing   2:00pm
  Lolita   4:00pm
  A Clockwork Orange   7:00pm
  The Killing   9:30pm
Sat, Dec 27   Paths of Glory   2:30pm
  Full Metal Jacket   4:30pm
  A Clockwork Orange   7:00pm
  Paths of Glory   9:45pm
Sun, Dec 28   Killer’s Kiss   2:30pm
  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb   4:00pm
  Lolita   6:00pm
  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb   9:00pm
Mon, Dec 29   Barry Lyndon   2:30pm
  Killer’s Kiss   6:00pm
  2001: A Space Odyssey   7:45pm
Tue, Dec 30   Spartacus   2:00pm
  The Shining   7:00pm
  Eyes Wide Shut   9:45pm
Wed, Dec 31   Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb   2:00pm
  Barry Lyndon   4:00pm
Thu, Jan 1   2001: A Space Odyssey   4:00pm
  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb   7:00pm
  Full Metal Jacket   9:15pm
Fri, Jan 2   The Shining   midnight
Sat, Jan 3   The Shining   midnight

Force Majeure

A film by Ruben Östlund starring Brady Corbet, Jakob Granqvist, Kristofer Hivju


Official submission of Sweden to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015.

“An ice-cold knockout. Brilliantly perceptive and frostily funny.”
–Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

“??Force Majeure?? is a jolt. you won’t know what hit you. Director Ostlund shifts gears from humor to psychological thriller with cunning skill.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A critical favorite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps.

The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.


Thu, Dec 18 5:00pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Dec 20 12:45pm
Sun, Dec 21 12:45pm
Wed, Dec 24 12:45pm

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