Music Box Theatre

Movie theaters , Independent Wrigleyville
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Music Box Theater

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
Address: 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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Zach L

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.

Jaclyn R

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.

Elizabeth A

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.

Laura R

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. 

Erin Delahanty

One of my favorite Christmas traditions in the city is a screening of It's a Wonderful Life at the Music Box with a Santa Claus sing-a-long beforehand. Tickets generally sell out quickly for this (and other special events throughout the year) so act fast. The new lounge and bar menu also means you know longer need to choose between a bar or a movie.

Clayton Guse

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.