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Harmontown! Rocky Horror Picture Show! Hiroshima Mon Amour!
 
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This weekend, Dan Harmon, creator of the beloved show Community, comes to the Music Box for his new film Harmontown! This documentary follows Dan Harmon as he hits the road, bringing his popular Harmontown podcast to fans across the country. Dan and director Neil Berkeley will be on hand for a special audience Q&A after the 2:30pm Saturday screening. The 7:30pm screening is already sold out(!), so get your tickets now!

Opening this week is a 4K restoration of Alain Resnais’s French New Wave classic, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay, the film tells the story of a forbidden love between a French film actress and a Japanese architect near the end of World War II.

Celebrate Halloween the best way we know how, by coming to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! This Music Box tradition includes the cult musical and Midnight Madness shadowcast, prop bags, and more! Tickets will sell out, get yours now!

If doing the Time Warp isn’t your thing, we’re also screening John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original slasher film that launched the murderous Michael Myers into cinematic infamy.

We also have another week of screenings of the hit indie Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss, and a Sunday afternoon screening of the music documentary Keep On Keepin’ On.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents a screening of the new film Elsa and Fred, which will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with star Shirley MacLaine. On Thursday, join us for the second week of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.

Finally, tickets for the 2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show go on sale online Friday, Oct 31st at Noon! We’re having more screenings than ever before of holiday classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, and each screening will be preceded by a Sing-A-Long with Santa! Tickets will be available at the box office and via phone orders starting Monday, Nov 3rd.

See you at the movies

Thursday, October 30th – Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

 
 

Special screening of Harmontown with live Q&A to follow!

After such great demand for the 7:30pm screening of Harmontown with a live Q&A with Dan Harmon, a second screening has been added that will also include a Q&A.

While the audience will not be part of a recorded podcast with Dan Harmon, this 2:30pm screening will still feature a Q&A session and screening of the new film Harmontown. Tickets are expected to go fast!

Harmontown

A film by Neil Berkeley

 

After he was unceremoniously let go from NBC’s Community, show creator Dan Harmon hit the road, bringing his popular Harmontown podcast to fans across the country.


“Perverse, uncensored, deeply nerdy, and spit-take hilarious...”
–Logan Hill, Rolling Stone

“It is an eye-opening, soul-wrenching experience, in the best way possible...”
–Mark Bell, Film Threat

After he was unceremoniously let go from NBC’s Community, show creator Dan Harmon hit the road, bringing his popular Harmontown podcast to fans across the country. Filmmaker Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) documented the year-long tour, as Harmon talks candidly about personal demons, deadlines and his place in the television landscape. What emerges is a portrait of a unique and uncompromising artist, who realizes that getting fired may be the best thing that ever happened to him. Featuring appearances from many of Harmon’s friends and collaborators, including Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, among other comics and Community stars.

 


Sat, Nov 1 2:30pm · 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 2 9:45pm
Mon, Nov 3 9:45pm
Tue, Nov 4 9:45pm
Wed, Nov 5 9:45pm
Thu, Nov 6 9:45pm
 
 

Nominated: Best Writing, Written Directly for the Screen, Academy Awards Academy Awards
1961
 

Hiroshima Mon Amour

A film by Alain Resnais starring Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dallas

 

4K restoration of Alain Resnais’s French New Wave classic!

Filmed in 1959, Hiroshima Mon Amour had its roots as a documentary commissioned by Japan’s Daiei Studios. Producer Anatole Dauman secured the project for Resnais who added a fictional thread to the bombing of Hiroshima, near the end of World War II. The story revolves around a French film actress, played by Emmanuelle Riva, who goes to the Japanese city to make an anti-war film and has an affair with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada). Nominated for a screenplay Oscar in 1961, the film was heralded as one of the most influential movies made at the time. It was also awarded the International Critics’ prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. The film has long been unavailable for exhibition in the United States.

 


Fri, Oct 31 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Sat, Nov 1 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Sun, Nov 2 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Mon, Nov 3 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Tue, Nov 4 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Wed, Nov 5 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Thu, Nov 6 5:45pm · 7:45pm
 
 
 

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween 2014

Friday 24 October – Saturday 1 November 2014

 

Happy Halloween 2014! Join us as we do the Time Warp again! The film is screened with a cast of actors provided by Midnight Madness who ensure that what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit
The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?
Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag.

 


Thu, Oct 30   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   10:30pm
Fri, Oct 31   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   midnight
Sat, Nov 1   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   midnight
 
 
 

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!

 


Fri, Dec 12   White Christmas   6:30pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   9:40pm
Sat, Dec 13   White Christmas   12:15pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   3:20pm
  White Christmas   6:30pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   9:40pm
Sun, Dec 14   It’s a Wonderful Life   12:15pm
  White Christmas   3:20pm
  It’s a Wonderful Life   6:30pm
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
 
 
 

Listen Up Philip

A film by Alex Ross Perry starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter

 

Philip feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel.


“I can’t think of a recent movie that stages with as much joy and wonder the sense of living a life that becomes, directly or obliquely, in action or in idea, the stuff of art.”
–Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Jason Schwartzman shines...”
Variety

When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

 


Thu, Oct 30 4:00pm · 6:15pm
Fri, Oct 31 5:00pm
Sat, Nov 1 9:40pm
Sun, Nov 2 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Nov 3 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Nov 4 5:00pm
Wed, Nov 5 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Nov 6 4:30pm
 
 
 

Halloween

A film by John Carpenter starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance

 

Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode.

 


Fri, Oct 31 8:00pm · midnight
Sat, Nov 1 midnight
 
 

Al Hicks, Best New Documentary Director, Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival
2014
 

Keep On Keepin’ On

A film by Al Hicks

 

In Keep On Keepin’ On, 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89.

In Keep On Keepin’ On, a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. Over the course of filming, Terry begins to lose his sight as an unlikely bond begins to take hold.

When Justin is invited to compete in an elite international competition, Clark’s health takes a turn for the worse. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives.

Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC — on The Tonight Show.

The film is by first-time director Al Hicks and producers Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen (The Cove and Chasing Ice).

 


Thu, Oct 30 4:30pm
Sun, Nov 2 2:30pm
 
 
 

Elsa and Fred

A film by Michael Radford starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer

 

Featuring a pre-taped interview with Shirley MacLaine!

Elsa and Fred is the story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in La Dolce Vita at the Fontana di Trevi; the same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead; without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive.

Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment, where he meets Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live — be it more or less — is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases.

Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa’s terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.

 


Tue, Nov 4 7:30pm
 
 
 

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Thursday 30 October – Friday 7 November 2014

 

Purchase advance tickets online

The CFIC, the largest showcase of internationally award-winning Israeli features, docs, shorts and series in the Midwest, makes its debut at the Music Box consecutive Thursdays, October 30th and November 6th.

For more information please visit www.israelifilmchi.org

The Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC) is an annual October film festival with several outreach events throughout the year. Its mission is to share a love and appreciation of Israeli culture with the Jewish community and the community at large. Screenings take place at various venues in Chicago—in 2014, at the historic Music Box Theatre—and in the northern suburb of Northbrook IL, at the AMC Northbrook Court.

Shown are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows, with guest appearances by Israeli filmmakers, film scholars, film critics and other film experts.

The CFIC is quickly evolving as a catalyst for multicultural dialogue as many of the same racial, ethnic, religious and social groups represented in Israel and in Israeli films also reside locally.

 


Thu, Oct 30   Turn Left at the End of the World   7:00pm
  The Secrets   9:30pm
Thu, Nov 6   Cupcakes   7:00pm
  Zero Motivation   9:30pm
 

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