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<cite>Song of the Sea</cite>

Song of the Sea

directed by Tomm Moore in English starring Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan

From the Academy Award-nominated director of The Secret of the Kells.

“A blissfully beautiful journey into Irish folklore...” —indieWIRE

<cite>What We Do in the Shadows</cite>

What We Do in the Shadows

directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi in English starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh

Some interviews with some vampires. From the guys who brought you Boy and Flight of the Conchords.

“Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy.” —Empire Magazine

<cite>Poison Pen</cite>


Next screening, 7:30pm

Poison Pen

directed by Steven Benedict, Lorna Fitzsimons, Jennifer Shortall starring Lochlann Ó Mearáin, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Paul Ronan, Lauryn Canny, Aaron Heffernan, Mary Murray

A fun romp through the world of celebrity gossip scripted by Eion Colfer (author of the Artimis Fowl fantasy series).

<cite>The Last - Naruto the Movie</cite>


Next screening, Sun 1 Mar, 11:30am

The Last - Naruto the Movie

directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi starring Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura, Showtaro Morikubo

The Moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done it will disintegrate, showering the Earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the Earth?

The final chapter of Naruto’s story unfolds.

<cite>Algren: The Movie</cite>


Next screening, Tue 3 Mar, 7:30pm

Algren: The Movie

directed by Michael Caplan in English

Director Michael Caplan in person!

Chicago’s foremost poet of addicts, prostitutes and hoodlums, Nelson Algren is renowned for capturing society’s underbelly in several acclaimed books (The Man With the Golden Arm, Walk on the Wild Side). In this absorbing and snappily-edited portrait of the prickly author, Chicago filmmaker Michael Caplan creates a rich, visual mosaic that echoes Algren’s gritty universe.

With thousands of evocative photographs, and interviews with Algren fans (John Sayles, Billy Corgan), the film charts the writer’s complicated life, including his combustible love-hate relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and the Windy City itself.

“..Stylishly made — it captures the humor and energy of Algren's social life and his writing…” —Chicago Tribune

Special Announcements

IDA Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar!

Now you can buy your tickets online!

The Music Box Theatre has developed a new ticketing solution and now tickets can be purchased for most screenings online! As always, you can visit our Showtimes page (by clicking above) and see any upcoming screenings we have scheduled. Generally, the full showtime schedule is published on Wednesdays for the following Friday through Thursday. A partial schedule may be available further in advance for special events.

Meals & Deals

Cullen’s Bar and Grill

3741 N. Southport Ave (773) 975-0600

Located on Southport just north of the Music Box Theater, we’ve been a part of Wrigleyville for over 15 years. Stop in for a pint and meet our friendly staff, check out our daily specials and enjoy our great food. There’s always something fun happening at Cullen’s and we look forward to serving you soon!

After your film present your ticket stub and receive a 15% discount off of your check! (After screening only)

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

Bring in your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for a free appetizer for your table!

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!


Fandor is where the film community comes together, where filmmakers and enthusiasts are advancing film culture, and where audiences are connecting with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially curated to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half its revenue to them. For more information, visit

Get 40% off your Fandor Membership!

Deleece Restaurant

3747 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 325-1710

Enjoy our mouthwatering new menu in our beautiful new surroundings. We look forward to seeing you at our new location just a few doors north of the Music Box Theatre.

Show your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for 10% off your meal!


3425 N. Southport Avenue (773) 472-7800

Candyality carries thousands of bulk items and sweet treats including gummies, sours, taffy, and more. Need M&Ms in 21 colors? We have that! How about your favorite flavor of Jelly Bellys? We carry over 30 flavors! Licorice? We’ve created Chicago’s first licorice bar offering a selection from many corners of the world.

10% off with this coupon and your purchase of $5 or more


Bring in your Music Box ticket after the show for 20% off your bill of $20 or more

More Partners

Films of the Future

We review films before we see them.

Films of the Future is a weekly podcast recorded in Chicago, Illinois. It’s recorded in the present but you’re probably listening to it in the future so by then it will be the past. Even then, the movie may not have been released yet so there’s definitely some weird time stuff going on.

Films of the Future is hosted by Kendall Bruns and Alan Metoskie.

The Second City Training Center

1608 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60657 312-664-3959. 

Chicago is the world capital of improvisation (improv) and sketch comedy, and The Second City is in the heart of it. For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. We offer a variety of classes in the performance arts for students at any level of experience.

Broughton Hotels

Broughton Hotels manages 3 hotels in Chicago: City Suites Hotel, Majestic Hotel, and The Willows Hotel.

Caged Dames

CAGED DAMES! A new Musical from Hell in a Handbag Productions by David Cerda at Theatre Wit

Chicago Reader Real Deal

Since 1971, the Reader has served as Chicago’s political conscience, cultural guide, and music authority. We have thousands of reviews in our film archives; you can check them out and see what’s streaming on Hulu & Netflix with our Old Movies to Watch Now feature.

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

I have passion for, dedication to and expertise in Chicago and all that is real estate.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education.

Mosaic School

Chicago Mosaic School gives artists, teachers, and enthusiasts a place to explore all facets of mosaics- from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction.


Primarily through word-of-mouth alone, Basecamp has become the world’s #1 project management tool.

Graham School

The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies serves as a bridge to a broad local, national, and international community of adult learners who wish to study at one of the best universities in the world.

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State Street 312.846.2800

For almost 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema.

Grayslake Antique Market

Zurko Promotions is committed to providing quality markets and shows for its customers and dealers throughout the Midwest.

LM Restaurant Group

703 309 1856

Founded in 2009 by Nicole and Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, LM Restaurant Group is the unifying force behind Bistronomic, Brasserie by LM, Cafe Creme, Troquet River North and LM Catering. What started as a single concept, named after the couple’s two children, Luc and Mary, LM Restaurant Group is now synonymous with authentic French cuisine in Chicago. Each unique concept aims to provide a true French dining experience while showcasing a range of French fare in an approachable way. Additionally, all restaurants offer an array of private dining options guaranteed to make any gathering a success.

Music Box Films

A highly acclaimed distributor of foreign and independent film in theatrical, DVD and television markets in the United States.

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

Affordable, college-level training with accomplished industry and independent filmmakers.

The Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theater Chicago, your neighborhood playhouse, is now playing the Tony Award winning AVENUE Q, a gut-bustlingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.



Custom Eyes has been serving the north side of Chicago since we opened on Southport in 2003. Our goal has always been to provide the highest level of service from the moment you walk through the door.

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

A simple Argentine storefront tucked away at the north end of the hot Southport strip.

Flaco’s Tacos

Flaco’s Tacos… Fresh. Simple. Super-Tasty.

Lagunitas Beer

Lagunitas is coming to Chicago! Well, they are already here…. but soon their new brewery, taproom, and restaurant will be open in Pilsen. Until then, grab a beer on your way into a screening at the Music Box Theatre (assuming you are 21 and responsible enough to handle yourself during a screening)

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre Productions is firmly committed to providing the Chicago non-profit performing arts community a welcoming shared space to incubate new projects and collaborations by providing high quality and below cost performance, rehearsal, office and reception space supported by a staff of theatre professionals.


Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

Go Lakeview

The GoLakeview Mobile App is designed to actively promote local business and community events through an easy to navigate, feature rich App. The useful tool for travelers & local residents is available for download on Apple iTunes & Android Market. The App is brought to you by the Lakeview & Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce

Special Events

NT Live 2015


Sun 8 Mar – Wed 31 Dec

NT Live 2015

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.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema


Sat 14 Mar – Sat 11 Apr

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film
Wed 25 Feb – Thu 19 Mar

Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film

This celebration of Noah Baumbach’s 20-year career showcases his work from The High School Years (The Squid and the Whale), End of College (Kicking and Screaming), Late 20’s / Confusion and Finding Yourself (Frances Ha) and Finally Becoming an Adult (While We’re Young).

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents <cite>Love’s Labours Lost</cite>


Sun 15 Mar

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Love’s Labours Lost

directed by Christopher Luscombe in English

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents a new production of Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy. Filmed in London.

CFCA Film Discussions
Wed 25 Feb

CFCA Film Discussions

The CFCA (Chicago Film Critics Association) has partnered with the Music Box Theatre to hold dynamic and thoughtful discussions in the theatre’s fun and creative atmosphere.

The goal is to support the theatrical release of art-house, independent, foreign and classical cinema by encouraging moviegoers to think outside the box and deepen their cinematic educational experience.

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!


Sun 15 Feb – Sun 22 Mar

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!

Wine In Film: A Series
Thu 26 Feb – Thu 30 Apr

Wine In Film: A Series

The Music Box Theatre and Wine Enthusiast Magazine will partner to bring you a series of films followed by humane and intellectual discussions topped off with the perfect wine pairing. This series hopes to further Chicago’s film community around the art of visual story telling accompanied with the perfect wine. Each screening will feature special guests and special wines.


Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar

by Dave Jennings, Thu 26 Feb 2015, 12:51pm

Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed drama Ida, released in the U.S. and Canada by Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films, has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. This win follows the Polish film taking Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Film Awards, and Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematographer accolades at the European Film Awards. Music Box Films’ catalog includes a prior Academy Award nomination with the Canadian title Monsieur Lazhar in 2012.


Up Next

<cite>Maps to the Stars</cite>

opens Fri 6 Mar

Maps to the Stars

directed by David Cronenberg in English starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska

A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

“Hilariously funny and, dare I say it, yes, pernicious. I love this film more than I love my own mustache.” —John Waters

NT Live 2015


Sun 8 Mar – Wed 31 Dec

NT Live 2015

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.


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