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Friday, January 29th, 2016

Happy Friday from the Music Box,

Did our record-breaking run of The Hateful Eight in 70MM leave you wanting more grand film-going experiences? You’re in luck, as the Music Box proudly presents 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition, February 19th-March 10th!

For three weeks, we’ll embark on our biggest 70MM festival yet! You can see timeless classics in breathtaking restoration prints, treasures from the days of the 70mm blowup, and plenty of surprises, all on our massive 41 foot wide screen and 7.1 channel sound system. Thousands of pounds of film will be shipped across the country, all to provide the most immersive viewing experience possible in the best prints available.

Together, we’ll travel from the farthest reaches of the universe with 2001: A Space Odyssey & Interstellar, to raging battles across the endless desert with Lawrence of Arabia & Cleopatra, to the streets of New York City with West Side Story & Ghostbusters.

Check out the Full Schedule below, tickets are on sale now! You’ll never want to watch a movie without an overture again.

Friday, January 29th – Thursday, February 4th, 2016

DaBlon Vineyards & Toast Hotel Group

This Week’s Sponsor:

DaBlon Vineyards & Toast Hotel Group

Wine country is closer than you think. Check this special offer to spend the night in one of SW Michigan’s finest hotels and enjoy complimentary tastings of Dablon, Music Box and Moraine wines.

The Grape Escape from $159 per night


  • Wine tasting at Dablon Vineyards
  • Wine trail provisions
  • Joe Coffee Market breakfast bucks ($20 value)
  • S’mores at our waterfront fire pit
  • Blankets and chairs available for your trip to the winery, orchard or beach

Nominated: Jeff Bridges, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Awards Academy Awards

Walter Elliott, Best Effects, Sound Effects, Academy Awards Academy Awards

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

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

70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition

Friday 19 February – Thursday 10 March 2016


Friday, February 19th to Thursday, March 10th
New 41 foot screen – Double the image size of past presentations! New 7.1 channel sound system!

The Music Box is about to embark upon its biggest 70mm festival yet. Thousands of pounds of film will be shipped across the country, all to provide the most immersive viewing experience possible in the best prints available. Sit back, relax, turn your phone off, throw away your worries, and let a sea of color and light wash over you – this is the way movies were meant to be seen.

We’ll be pulling out all the stops: timeless classics in breathtaking restoration prints, treasures from the days of the 70mm blowup, and plenty of surprises, all on our massive temporary 40 foot wide screen, installed just for this festival and The Hateful Eight. Whether you make it out to one film or all of them (we’ll be showing over a dozen!), you’ll never want to watch a movie without an overture again.

What is 70MM?
70MM film offers images of unequaled sharpness and clarity, with as much as four times the resolution of 35MM and digital projection. The film itself runs through the projector at 112 feet per minute and weighs about 40 pounds a reel. All this to provide the best motion picture experience possible, the culmination of over a century of engineering and artistry. 70MM is uniquely beautiful. Sunsets and landscapes take on a vibrant, earthbound presence, and close ups make their actors larger than life. As more light is pushed through the projector gate, contrast, color, and brightness are all increased: the whites are brighter and the blacks are deeper, the light is more intense, and colors are richer than anything possible with digital projection. This is film turned up to 11.


Fri, Feb 19   Vertigo   7:00pm
  Ghostbusters   11:00pm
Sat, Feb 20   Vertigo   11:30am
  The Master   7:00pm
  Inherent Vice   10:30pm
Sun, Feb 21   Ghostbusters   12:00pm
  The Wild Bunch   7:30pm
Mon, Feb 22   Vertigo   7:30pm
Wed, Feb 24   Inherent Vice   7:30pm
Thu, Feb 25   Ghostbusters   6:30pm
  The Master   9:30pm
Fri, Feb 26   It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World   1:30pm
  2001: A Space Odyssey   7:00pm
  Brainstorm   11:00pm
Sat, Feb 27   Krull   12:00pm
  It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World   3:30pm
  2001: A Space Odyssey   9:00pm
Sun, Feb 28   Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines   12:00pm
  2001: A Space Odyssey   4:00pm
  Krull   8:00pm
Mon, Feb 29   2001: A Space Odyssey   7:30pm
Tue, Mar 1   2001: A Space Odyssey   7:30pm
Wed, Mar 2   It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World   7:00pm
Thu, Mar 3   Brainstorm   6:30pm
  2001: A Space Odyssey   9:45pm
Fri, Mar 4   Interstellar   7:00pm
  Starman   11:30pm
Sat, Mar 5   70MM Shorts Program   12:00pm
  Cleopatra   3:00pm
  Lawrence of Arabia   8:00pm
Sun, Mar 6   West Side Story   11:30am
  Lawrence of Arabia   4:00pm
  Starman   9:15pm
Mon, Mar 7   West Side Story   7:30pm
Tue, Mar 8   Lawrence of Arabia   7:00pm
Wed, Mar 9   Cleopatra   7:00pm
Thu, Mar 10   Lawrence of Arabia   2:00pm
  Interstellar   8:00pm

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


2001: A Space Odyssey

A film by Stanley Kubrick starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester


70mm Print from Warner Brothers with DTS Sound

2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy Award®-winning visual achievement, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion.

It may be the masterwork of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke)… and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall for generations.

To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millenia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever conceived) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin.


Fri, Feb 26 7:00pm
Sat, Feb 27 9:00pm
Sun, Feb 28 4:00pm
Mon, Feb 29 7:30pm
Tue, Mar 1 7:30pm
Thu, Mar 3 9:45pm


A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes


Restored 70mm Print from Universal with DTS Sound

Named the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound, Jimmy Stewart stars in Hitchcock’s greatest mystery!

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.


Fri, Feb 19 7:00pm
Sat, Feb 20 11:30am
Mon, Feb 22 7:30pm

West Side Story

A film by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno


Restored 70mm Print with DTS Sound

Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture

This classic musical is a brings the story of Romeo & Juliet to the 1950s. Set among the tenements of New York City, star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony find themselves caught in the midst of a turf war between rival street gangs.


Sun, Mar 6 11:30am
Mon, Mar 7 7:30pm

Walter Elliott, Best Effects, Sound Effects, Academy Awards


It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

A film by Stanley Kramer starring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Jimmy Durante, Peter Falk


Restored print presented in Ultra Panavision with DTS sound

An all-star cast tears up the countryside in search of buried treasure, in the biggest comedy to ever hit the screen.

Before literally kicking the bucket when his car careens off an embankment, “Smiler” Grogan tells onlookers he’s stashed $350,000 beneath the big “W” in Santa Rosita — and thus begins a mad dash to recover said dough.


Fri, Feb 26 1:30pm
Sat, Feb 27 3:30pm
Wed, Mar 2 7:00pm


A film by Peter Yates starring Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones


Original 70mm print with 6-Track Magnetic Sound

From the sky will come the Black Fortress. From the Fortress will come the Slayers to devour the planet of Krull. Then shall a girl of ancient name become queen…she shall choose a king…and together they shall rule the planet. And their son shall rule the galaxy.

Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) has inherited a kingdom under siege by the evil Beast, and not only has to rid the land of the monster, but he has to rescue his bride Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) from the Beast’s clutches as well. In his magical land, horses can sometimes fly, medieval castles can harbor weapons that light up, and before he can defeat the Beast, the prince has to get his hands on the glaive, a razor-sharp, magical weapon capable of killing the monster!


Sat, Feb 27 12:00pm
Sun, Feb 28 8:00pm

The Master

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams


Set in America in the years following World War II, a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) launches a faith-based organization and taps a young drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) as his right-hand man.

But as the faith begins to gain a fervent following, the onetime vagabond finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.


Sat, Feb 20 7:00pm
Thu, Feb 25 9:30pm


A film by Ivan Reitman starring Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd


Original 70mm print with 6-Track Magnetic Sound

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based “paranormal investigators”. When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding the Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties.

Fired from their university research jobs, Drs. Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler promptly set up shop as parapsychologists specializing in psychic phenomena and soon they’re ridding Manhattan of bizarre apparitions. But the talents of these spirit exterminators—Ghostbusters—are severely tested when beautiful Dana Barrett and her nerdy neighbor become possessed by demons living in their building.


Fri, Feb 19 11:00pm
Sun, Feb 21 12:00pm
Thu, Feb 25 6:30pm

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