Music Box Theatre

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Music Box Theatre
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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
Contact:
Address: 3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago
60613
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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Erika S

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!

Kris Vire
moderator

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.

Zach L
moderator

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
moderator

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
moderatorStaff Writer

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
moderator

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.