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<cite>Green Room</cite>

Green Room

directed by Jeremy Saulnier in English starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

From the director of Blue Ruin

Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

“Delivers maximum shock and awe” —Fangoria

<cite>Fireworks Wednesday</cite>

Fireworks Wednesday [35mm]

directed by Asghar Farhadi in Persian starring Taraneh Alidoosti, Hedye Tehrani and Hamid Farokhnezhad

One Week Only!

From the Oscar-winning Iranian director of A Separation and About Elly

Winner of the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival

“Brilliantly assured” —Los Angeles Weekly

<cite>The First Monday in May</cite>

The First Monday in May

directed by Andrew Rossi in English starring Rihanna, Wong Kar Wai, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour

From the director of Page One: Inside The New York Times, The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

<cite>The Invitation</cite>

The Invitation

directed by Karyn Kusama in English starring Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman

In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones).

“So sweat-inducingly tense that I could only watch it through laced fingers.” —Village Voice

<cite>Suspicion</cite>
Next screening, Sat 30 Apr, 11:30am

Suspicion [35mm]

directed by Alfred Hitchcock in English starring Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant

From the master of suspense, director Alfred Hitchcock, comes this Oscar-winning thriller about a wealthy wallflower who suspects her penniless playboy husband of trying to murder her. Hitchcock directs Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in the classic 1941 thriller, Suspicion.

Handsome, charming, well-liked Johnnie Aysgarth (Grant) is a worthless cheat, so when he marries Lina McLaidlaw (Fontaine), the naïve daughter of a wealthy retired general (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), everyone except Lina believes Johnnie is only after his wife’s inheritance. But her love changes to suspicion after she discovers that Johnnie has stolen money, his business partner has died mysteriously, and she finds a letter explaining her life insurance policy.

This true Hitchcock masterpiece was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, and winning Best Actress for Fontaine.

<cite>The Empire of Corpses</cite>
Next screening, Sat 30 Apr, 9:45pm

The Empire of Corpses

directed by Ryôtarô Makihara in English

Dubbed in English
From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes a captivating historical action thriller based on a Phillip K. Dick Award winning novel by Project Itoh. In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

<cite>There’s Something About Mary</cite>
Next screening, Tue 3 May, 7:00pm

There’s Something About Mary

directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly in English starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon

An unusual accident prevents Ted, a high school geek, from taking the popular, beautiful Mary to their high school prom. Years later, Ted can’t be kept away. After all, there’s just something about Mary…

Special Events

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

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Tue 12 Apr – Tue 3 May

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

Mark Caro hosts a special series that looks at some of the most beloved and groundbreaking comedies in cinema history, and dares to ask the question: “Is it still funny?”

Tuesdays at 7pm beginning April 12th.

Music Box Garden - Spring Opening Party

Wed 4 May

Music Box Garden - Spring Opening Party

Celebrate springtime in Chicago with us at the seasonal opening of the Music Box’s Garden, located right behind the Music Box Lounge.
This event is FREE

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

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Sun 8 May

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

directed by Ross Lipman in English starring Buster Keaton, Samuel Beckett

Director Ross Lipman in person!

“Completely fascinating! For moviegoers who care about film, NOTFILM can be unreservedly recommended” —Los Angeles Times

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

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Sun 8 May

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

directed by Phyllida Lloyd in English starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth

This Mother’s Day, celebrate with Meryl Streep and ABBA at the Music Box! Hosted by Dick O’Day, our interactive screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Dress up in your best 70’s garb for your chance to win great prizes! Then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen.

Special Mother’s Day Mimosas will be served in the Music Box Lounge!

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

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Tue 10 May

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Upcoming Events:
The Messenger – Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm

The Stratford Festival Presents
Sat 14 May – Tue 21 Jun

The Stratford Festival Presents

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since the revolutionary first season, more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world have visited the Stratford Festival. Now partnering with SpectiCast, the acclaimed repertory theatre presents three exciting plays captured live in September 2015. Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich, and his exceptional team at Melbar Entertainment, the plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.

An Evening with Norman Lear

Mon 16 May

An Evening with Norman Lear

directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady in English starring Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Rob Reiner, Amy Poehler, Phil Rosenthal

Television legend Norman Lear visits the Music Box for a live Q&A, following a special screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.

“Genuinely surprising...an exquisite look at one of the great creative instigators of our time.” —Aint It Cool News

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

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Wed 18 May

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

directed by F. W. Murnau Silent starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston

One of the most acclaimed silent films of all time, the Music Box presents F.W. Murnau’s dramatic romance Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016

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Fri 20  – Thu 26 May

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016

The Chicago Critics Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will run May 20–26, 2016.

Founded by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award-winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization. It’s the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival.

The festival brings together an eclectic array of films ranging from raucous comedies and foreign-made dramas to thought-provoking documentaries and midnight genre films—with a couple of programs of shorts thrown in for good measure.

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David

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Sat 11 Jun

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David [35mm]

directed by Henry King starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis

35MM Print!

Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, Tol’able David is a heart-wrenching drama from director Henry King. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation.

NT Live 2016
Sat 25 Jun

NT Live 2016

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago. Filmed in London, these productions feature some of the finest actors, directors, and writers working today, in breathtaking interpretations of the classics and groundbreaking new works.

Upcoming Presentations
??One Man, Two Guvnors? – Sat, June 25th at 11:30am

Dog Film Festival
Sun 11 Sep

Dog Film Festival

The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs and their people!

Music Box of Horrors 2016
Sat 15  – Sun 16 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2016

The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.

Up Next

<cite>The Family Fang</cite>

opens Fri 6 May

The Family Fang

directed by Jason Bateman in English starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken

Based on the New York Times Bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson

Adult siblings Baxter and Annie, scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents — performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes – suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover.

“Sharp and affecting dysfunctional-family portrait” —Variety

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

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Tue 10 May

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Upcoming Events:
The Messenger – Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm

<cite>Dou Kyu Sei – Classmates</cite>

opens Wed 11 May

Dou Kyu Sei – Classmates

directed by Shoko Nakamura in Japanese starring Kenji Nojima, Hiroshi Kamiya, Hideo Ishikawa

Rihito Sajo is an honor student who enrolled into his high school with a perfect score on the entrance exam. Hikaru Kusakabe is in a band and popular among girls. They are “different kind of guys”, who would have never crossed paths.

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