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The Princess Bride! Casablanca! Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next!
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

It’s almost Valentine’s Weekend, so grab the one you love and come on down to the Music Box! On Saturday night & Sunday afternoon, it’s time for The Princess Bride, the fantastical fairytale that puts the “Comedy” in “Romantic Comedy”. The Music Box’s one-of-a-kind interactive screening invites you to play along with the movie, complete with prop bags and costume contest!

Also on Saturday, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Bogie and Bergman, as the Music Box presents Casablanca! The show begins with a special Sweetheart Sing-Along, featuring a selection of favorite love songs and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

Opening Friday, Michael Moore is back with Where To Invade Next, a provocative and hilarious comedy in which he’ll stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again. Winner of BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE at the Chicago International Film Festival, it may be Michael Moore’s most thought-provoking (and dangerous!) film yet!

We also have daily screenings of the gripping Academy Award-nominee Son of Saul and late night showtimes for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight: Digital Presentation.

Next Wednesday, the latest installment of Sound Opinions at the Movies is the 1996 British black comedy Trainspotting, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. Irvine Welsh, author of the novel Trainspotting, will appear live alongside Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot & Jim DeRogatis.

Now playing at Steppenwolf is The Flick, winner of the 2014 Pultizer Prize for Drama. We gave our friends at Steppenwolf a behind-the-scenes look at the Music Box as they prepared to tell the story of three underpaid employees at a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films.
Music Box fans can receive 2-for-1 (50%-off) tickets to evening performances on Feb 16, 17, 23, 24, & 28. Use code MUSICBOX online at steppenwolf.org or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Finally, in one week, big is back with the Music Box’s 70MM Film Festival: The Ultimate Edition! The fest kicks off next Friday with Vertigo and Ghostbusters, and includes such diverse fan favorites as Interstellar, Cleopatra, Krull and West Side Story. Tickets are going fast, so take a look at our Full Schedule and start planning now!

See you at the movies

Tuesday, February 9th – Monday, February 15th, 2016

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Princess Bride

On Valentine’s Day weekend, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy”, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing.

The Music Box’s interactive screening comes complete with prop bags, and more! Dress up as the dashing Inigo Montoya, the beautiful Buttercup, the gentle Fezzik, and other favorite characters. It’s the perfect way to spend time at the movies with the one your love!

The Princess Bride

A film by Rob Reiner starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Peter Falk


Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, Battling Rodents of Unusual Size, Facing torture in the Pit of Despair. – True love has never been a snap.

This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book “The Princess Bride” to his hard-to-impress grandson. This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. Along the way they encounter a Spanish swordsman, a gentle giant, and the six-fingered villain, Count Rugen.

Has a greater love story ever been told? Inconceivable.


Sat, Feb 13 9:30pm
Sun, Feb 14 2:00pm
Academy Awards

Best Picture, Academy Awards (1944)


A Valentines Sweetheart Sing-Along with Casablanca at the Music Box

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with Bogie and Bergman!

The Music Box Theatre’s annual screening of the classic film Casablanca begins with a special “Valentine’s Sweetheart Sing-Along” featuring a selection of favorite love songs, complete with lyrics on the big screen and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

Songs include “You Are My Sunshine,” “Bicycle Built for Two,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” After the sing-a-long, you and your sweetheart can hold hands, canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time.


A film by Michael Curtiz starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman


Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you’re wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart in one of his most memorable roles), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one—especially Victor’s wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart.

Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo’s transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more—personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

Winner of three Academy Awards including “Best Picture,” Casablanca remains one of Hollywood’s greatest treasures more than 70 years after it first lit up the screen.


Sat, Feb 13 12:00pm

Where to Invade Next

A film by Michael Moore


Michael Moore is back with a provocative and hilarious comedy in which he’ll stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

“One of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made...”

Just in time for election season, America’s favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, Where To Invade Next. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, Where To Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.


Fri, Feb 12 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Feb 13 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Feb 14 11:30am · 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Feb 15 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Feb 16 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Feb 17 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Feb 18 2:30pm · 4:50pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm

Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
Academy Awards


Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes
Golden Globes


Son of Saul

A film by László Nemes starring GÉZA RÖHRIG, LEVENTE MOLNAR, URS RECHN


Presented in 35MM!

Winner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Golden Globes
2016 Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

“A powerful movie. A remarkable feature filmmaking debut.”
–Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A stunning piece of art. It is unlike anything you have seen before. It is both the power of history and the remarkable impact of cinema in one complete package. It’s an essential film.”
–Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.


Wed, Feb 10 12:45pm · 3:00pm · 5:15pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Feb 11 12:45pm · 3:00pm · 5:15pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Feb 12 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm
Sat, Feb 13 11:30am · 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm
Sun, Feb 14 11:30am · 5:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Feb 15 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm
Tue, Feb 16 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm
Wed, Feb 17 2:00pm · 5:00pm
Thu, Feb 18 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm

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

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents Trainspotting with special guest Irvine Welsh

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Advance tickets are available at soundopinions.org.

The latest installment in the popular Sound Opinions at the Movies series will be the 1996 British black comedy Trainspotting, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. Irvine Welsh, author of the novel Trainspotting, will appear live alongside Sound Opinions hosts and acclaimed music critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis to introduce the film.

Sound Opinions is co-hosted by noted music writers Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ and reaches more than 400,000 tastemakers each week through national radio broadcasts and a popular podcast. Chicago Public Media creates award-winning content for people curious about the issues and ideas that affect our community, our nation, and our world. Chicago Public Media is also the home of This American Life, Serial, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR), The Morning Shift, and Worldview. In addition to WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Public Media also operates Vocalo 91.1 FM, a next generation service that seeks to expand the reach of public media. For more information, visit www.soundopinions.org.


A film by Danny Boyle starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller


“I liked this movie, and not just because it made me loads of cash. It was a highly successful adaptation and I really don’t think that any group of people outside of Danny, Andrew and John could have pulled it of with quite the same panache.”
–Irvine Welsh

Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, Trainspotting follows the hilarious yet tragic lives of a group of friends struggling with heroin addiction in the late 1980s. Featuring wonderfully droll performances by Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and others, the film manages to be stylish and exuberant while simultaneously exposing the devastation of drug abuse. Trainspotting was helmed by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later) and its screenplay, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel, was nominated for an Oscar. The film features an acclaimed soundtrack perfectly reflecting both the rush of heroin and its inevitable comedown, including songs by Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, New Order, and more.


Wed, Feb 17 7:15pm

Shoot the Piano Player

Slip back through the eras with the musical stylings of Matt Norris this February in the Music Box Lounge. Half-price bottles of wine and free Ragtime and Jazz piano every Wednesday, 8–10PM!

Admission is FREE

Chicago-based musician, singer-songwriter and pianist Matt Norris, is one third of the experimental-revivalist jazz trio Glad Rags (www.gladrags.us). He also performs regularly with The Burning Ponies and The Bribes, and is a host at the local musical hostel & venue Earphoria. Solo, Matt is an eclectic and dynamic performer, as fitting a soundtrack for a smoky Noir scene as for a romp with Buster Keaton. His affinity for ragtime, bop, and 40’s and 50’s era jazz combined with creative songwriting makes for a truly original piano style.

For fans of Fats Waller; McCoy Tyner; Harry Nilsson; Medeski, Martin & Wood; and Randy Newman.




Wed, Feb 10 8:00pm
Wed, Feb 17 8:00pm
Wed, Feb 24 8:00pm
Wed, Mar 16 7:30pm

The Hateful Eight: Digital Presentation

A film by Quentin Tarantino starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins


The 8th film from Quentin Tarantino

Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff.

Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces: Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage, and Confederate General Sanford Smithers.

As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…


Wed, Feb 10 3:00pm · 6:20pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Feb 11 3:00pm · 6:20pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Feb 12 9:30pm
Mon, Feb 15 9:30pm
Tue, Feb 16 9:30pm
Thu, Feb 18 9:30pm

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