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Tickets are on sale for the Music Box's 70mm Film Festival

Written by
Michael Smith

One of the most significant annual events for Chicago-area film lovers, by which I mean those local fans who care the most about seeing great movies on the big screen with the best possible image and sound quality, is the Music Box Theatre’s 70mm Film Festival. The 2016 edition runs from February 19 through March 10 and is being billed as “The Ultimate Edition," utilizing the new 41-foot screen and 7.1-channel surround sound system that were recently installed by the theater for its massively successful 70mm screenings of The Hateful Eight, while showcasing an eclectic lineup of both classic and important contemporary films.

Among the highlights: Vertigo (1958), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Ghostbusters (1984), Starman (1984), The Master (2012) and Interstellar (2014). Of particular interest is the most recent film of the bunch: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (2014), and not only because the 70mm version has only ever screened in Los Angeles and Austin. The film itself, a comedic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s labyrinthine novel about a stoner detective (Joaquin Phoenix) investigating a series of interrelated cases in early 1970s Los Angeles, boasts shots that are jam-packed with visual interest—including tiny details in the clever production design that should come through better than ever in the breathtaking clarity of 70mm.

Festival passes are already sold out, but tickets for individual showings are on sale for $13. Here's the festival's complete schedule. 

Friday, February 19

7:00pm: Vertigo

11:00pm: Ghostbusters

Saturday, February 20

11:30am: Vertigo

7:00pm: The Master

10:30pm: Inherent Vice

Sunday, February 21

12:00pm: Ghostbusters

7:30pm: The Wild Bunch

Monday, February 22

7:30pm Vertigo

Wednesday, February 24th

7:30pm: Inherent Vice

Thursday, February 25

6:30pm: Ghostbusters

9:30pm: The Master

Friday, February 26

1:30pm: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

7:00pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

11:00pm: Brainstorm

Saturday, February 27

12:00pm: Krull

3:30pm: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

9:00pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Sunday, February 28

12:00pm: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

4:00pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

8:00pm: Krull

Monday, February 29

7:30pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tuesday, March 1

7:30pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, March 2

7:00pm: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Thursday, March 3

6:30pm: Brainstorm

9:45pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Friday, March 4

7:00pm: Interstellar

11:30pm: Starman

Saturday, March 5

12:00pm: 70MM Shorts Program

3:00pm: Cleopatra

8:00pm: Lawrence of Arabia

Sunday, March 6

11:30am: West Side Story

4:00pm: Lawrence of Arabia

9:15pm: Starman

Monday, March 7

7:30pm: West Side Story

Tuesday, March 8

7:00pm: Lawrence of Arabia

Wednesday, March 9

7:00pm: Cleopatra

Thursday, March 10th

2:00pm: Lawrence of Arabia

8:00pm: Interstellar

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