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<cite>Finding Fela</cite>


Next screening, 4:30pm

Finding Fela

directed by Alex Gibney starring Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance.

“A soulful ‘Felabration’ of the magnetic Kuti.” —Cinevue

<cite>The One I Love</cite>


Next screening, 5:00pm

The One I Love

directed by Charlie McDowell starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson

An intriguing comedy with Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.

“Charlie McDowell makes an incredibly assured directorial debut with this smart crowd-pleaser, featuring spectacular performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.” —Variety

<cite>Code Black</cite>


Next screening, 7:00pm

Code Black

directed by Ryan McGarry in English starring Danny Cheng, Andrew Eads, Jamie Eng

Director Q&A at opening weekend screenings!

Code Black offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view of America’s troubled healthcare system.

“Riveting! Mcgarry has created something that feels personal, vital and revelatory.” —Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Plays Itself


Today only, 7:00pm

Los Angeles Plays Itself

directed by Thom Anderson in English

One night only! New digital restoration!

“The best documentary ever made about Los Angeles.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

<cite>Life After Beth</cite>


Next screening, Thu 18 Sep, 9:45pm

Life After Beth

directed by Jeff Baena starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon

Zach (Dabe DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach and her parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) take full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse.

“Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.” —Variety

Special Announcements

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

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

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

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)


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


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

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!

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!

More Partners

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.

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

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

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

Columbia College Chicago

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

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.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

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


Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

Caged Dames

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

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.

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.

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.

Broughton Hotels

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


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

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

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

Flaco’s Tacos

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

Mosaic School

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



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.

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.

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)

Grayslake Antique Market

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

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.

Special Events

Los Angeles Plays Itself


Wed 17 Sep

Los Angeles Plays Itself

directed by Thom Anderson in English

One night only! New digital restoration!

“The best documentary ever made about Los Angeles.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Reeling32 presents: <cite>Boy Meets Girl</cite>

Thu 18 Sep

Reeling32 presents: Boy Meets Girl

directed by Eric Schaeffer in English starring Michelle Hendley, Michael Welch

This is the opening night presentation of Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival.

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon


Tue 20 May – Wed 31 Dec

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon marks a new collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Picturehouse Cinemas., teaming up to screen productions live from Shakespeare’s home town. The first broadcast was Richard II in November 2013, which was seen by more than 60,000 people.

<cite>David Bowie is</cite>


Tue 23 Sep

David Bowie is

directed by Hamish Hamilton in English

A one-night-only event to prime David Bowie fans for the upcoming exhibit opening at the MCA!

<cite>The Last Unicorn</cite> Screening Tour with Special Guest Peter S. Beagle


Sat 27 Sep

The Last Unicorn Screening Tour with Special Guest Peter S. Beagle

directed by Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr. starring Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Rene Auberjonois, Alan Arkin

  • Peter S. Beagle in person!
  • Book signing
  • Gorgeous digital restoration
  • Costumes encouraged!

The New York Film Critics Series


Wed 9 Apr – Wed 31 Dec

The New York Film Critics Series

The Music Box Theatre has partnered with The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®) to present national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone magazine, and ABC’s Popcorn along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of More magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show.

The series presents interactive, in-theater, pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcasts with the stars and filmmakers.

Nas: Time is Illmatic


Thu 2 Oct

Nas: Time is Illmatic

directed by One9 starring Nas, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, Jabari "Jungle" Jones

Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process.

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!


Wed 10 Sep – Thu 1 Jan

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!

Music Box of Horrors 2014

Sat 11 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2014

The 2014 Music Box of Horrors celebrates 10 years of marathons at the Music Box Theatre! This year will feature the finest in digital and 35mm film projection (In fact the only marathon in town with 35mm capabilities and DIgital Cinema capabilities) food trucks, vendors, and horror films.

Unabridged Bookstore presents: An Evening with Alan Cumming

Mon 13 Oct

Unabridged Bookstore presents: An Evening with Alan Cumming

Join us October 13 at 7pm as Unabridged Bookstore hosts Alan Cumming in conversation with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Dick Babcock at the Music Box Theatre.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween 2014


Mon 8 Sep – Sun 2 Nov

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween 2014! Join us as we do the Time Warp again! The Film is screened with a cast of actors provided by Midnight Madness who ensure that what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema


Sat 7 Jun – Wed 31 Dec

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!

<cite>PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets</cite>


Wed 19 Nov

PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

directed by Florian Habicht in English

One night only!


2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

by Dave Jennings, Thu 28 Aug 2014, 1:57pm

For 10 days and two weekends, the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will take you on an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and unforgettable award winning films. The first Oscar-qualifying film festival for children and families, the CICFF represents a rare opportunity for Chicagoans to see top award-winning films before anyone else.


Up Next

<cite>The Zero Theorem</cite>

opens Fri 19 Sep

The Zero Theorem

directed by Terry Gilliam starring Cristoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon

Terry Gilliam returns to the realm of dystopic sci-fi with The Zero Theorem starring two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst.

<cite>The Notebook</cite>

opens Fri 19 Sep

The Notebook

directed by János Szász starring László Gyémánt, András Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Matthes, Gyöngyver Bognar, Orsolya Tóth

The Notebook, the 2014 Hungarian entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards, is directed by Janos Szasz (Woyzech, The Witman Boys, Opium/Diary of a Madwoman).

<cite>God Help the Girl</cite>

opens Fri 19 Sep

God Help the Girl

directed by Stuart Murdoch in English starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murrah, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bisset

God Help the Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.

“This debut film by Belle and Sebastian singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch is a slender exercise in self-conscious charm.” —Variety

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon


Tue 20 May – Wed 31 Dec

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon marks a new collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Picturehouse Cinemas., teaming up to screen productions live from Shakespeare’s home town. The first broadcast was Richard II in November 2013, which was seen by more than 60,000 people.


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