For movie lovers who don't care for traditional Hollywood blockbusters, there's no better theater than the Music Box, a two-screen cinema that shows the latest art-house films and documentaries. It's gorgeous, and the main theater regularly hosts director Q&A's as well as weekly midnight screenings of cult classics. Also, the concession stand here tops its popcorn with real butter.
|Venue name:||Music Box Theatre||Contact:|
3733 N Southport Ave
|Cross street:||between Grace St and Waveland Ave|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown to Southport. Bus: 9, 22, 80, 152.|
|Price:||$10, matinee $8, Mondays $7|
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Peace on Earth Film Festival
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Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum
The Field Museum helps the Music Box Theater dissect the science behind Hollywood classics (or “classics,” as this year’s opener is Sharknado). Lecturers will introduce the films and host post-screening discussions.Tuesday March 14 2017 - Tuesday May 9 2017
Chicago Critics Film Festival
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I love Music Box! This place is magical! I love the character and charm and classic beauty it has. I love the selection of films they play; I especially love their midnight movies! I have had a wonderful time each and every time I have been here( I have been coming here regularly for over 10 years now). This is a true Chicago treasure and I am proud to support them! They also have great candy and fresh popcorn!
The Music Box is one of the city's hidden gems. From cult classics such as "Blood Simple" to its eclectic mix of new indie releases and everything in between ("Space Jam" anyone?), film lovers must visit this iconic movie house. The Music Box Lounge, combined with the theater's vintage ambiance, easily turn a simple trip to the picture show into a worthwhile filmgoing experience. And, its nostalgic midnight showings are always a good fallback when your other weekend plans fall through.
Music Box is definitely one of Chicago's best jems. There's something romantic about seeing a movie in a vintage theater. But this isn't the just any old theater, it offers screenings, both indy and commercial, it does marathons, and film festivals. If your finger is on the pulse of cinema this place will warm your heart. It's also probably one of the only places in the country that you can witness a fight over film history breakout in the middle of a movie!
God bless the Music Box, a gorgeous old two-screen movie palace run by passionate film fans who remain committed to keeping the place up to date. It's one of the most magical places in town to see both first-rate indie films and midnight grindhouse flicks; recent updates including the new lounge opened off the lobby in 2015 make it an even more enticing place to hang out.
As multiplexes continue to spring up in Chicago, the independent Music Box Theatre has doubled down on its commitment to cutting edge art house screenings, special events and unique experiences. It's the only place in town where you can see 70mm films projected on a screen while enjoying a bag of popcorn (topped with real butter!) and a local beer. The adjacent lounge offers a reason to arrive extra early for the show.
The Music Box is one of my favorite theaters in Chicago. It's the perfect movie theater for an old school cinematic viewing experience. The Music Box offers stellar programing by providing screenings in rare formats like their 70mm film festival. This theater is a classic. If you haven't been yet, you're missing out.
There's something special about going to a movie theatre for a true film experience. I recently went to see Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" and was not disappointed–from the opening overture to the intermission and beyond, it was just what the movie called for. Can't beat their special screenings and director's cuts.
The Music Box is a special place. Going there for their special events like the Christmas moving screenings is an experience all ages will love. I saw "It's a Wonderful Life" there this year and, even though I'd never seen the film before, I immediately got caught up in the excitement as the packed house played along, from Christmas carols before the film to quoting some of the best parts. Added perk: there's a full bar.
Go see a late night flick at this Chicago staple. With a great lineup of weird and offbeat movies, there's a good chance that you'll see something that you've never heard of. If you're a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan, then this is your best bet in town for viewings.