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<cite>Slow West</cite>

Slow West

directed by John Maclean in English starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn

A rugged journey through the American Wild West.

“A unique Western that is gorgeously shot... Fassbender and Smit­ McPhee are really excellent.” —



directed by Albert Maysles in English

The final film from director Albert Maysles.

“A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age...” —Variety

Free Screening of The Burden

Join us for a free screening of the Chicago premiere of The Burden, the first feature-length documentary that conveys how America’s dependence on fossil fuel threatens national security and puts the lives of men and women in uniform at greater risk.

<cite>Welcome to Me</cite>


Next screening, Thu 28 May, 9:30pm

Welcome to Me

directed by Shira Piven in English starring Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh

A young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery and buys her own talk show.

“Strange and startlingly inspired... breezily bonkers...” —Variety

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


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


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!


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

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

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

More Partners

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

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

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.

Flaco’s Tacos

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

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.

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.

Grayslake Antique Market

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

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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.

Columbia College Chicago

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



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.

Caged Dames

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

Broughton Hotels

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


Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

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.

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.

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

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

Special Events

The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presents <cite>UHF</cite>

Sold Out

Wed 27 May

The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presents UHF

directed by Jay Levey in English starring Weird Al Yankovic, Michael Richards, Victoria Jackson

With an introduction and Q&A with star “Weird Al” Yankovic and director Jay Levey.
The 7pm screening is SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for the 10pm screening.

High Fidelity Film Series: Sepideh, Reaching for the Stars

Thu 28 May

High Fidelity Film Series: Sepideh, Reaching for the Stars

directed by Berit Madsen in Persian starring Anousheh Ansari, Hadi Hooshyar, Mohammad Hooshyar

WBEZ and the Chicago International Film Festival are proud to screen Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars as the third film in our High Fidelity Film Series exploring science and film!

The Lives of Robert Ryan, featuring <cite>The Set-Up</cite>


Sun 31 May

The Lives of Robert Ryan, featuring The Set-Up

directed by Robert Wise in English starring Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter

Presented by Chicago film critic J.R. Jones.

Get Real: Docs at the Box


Tue 2  – Tue 30 Jun

Get Real: Docs at the Box

On Tuesday nights in June, get ready to get real with some of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries, followed by post-screening Q&As with directors and experts.

The Apu Trilogy
Fri 5 Jun – Wed 31 Dec

The Apu Trilogy

New 4K restorations made by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

<cite>Back from the Flames (Retour de Flamme)</cite> featuring Serge Bromberg


Sat 6 Jun

Back from the Flames (Retour de Flamme) featuring Serge Bromberg

In this unique one-man-show, Serge Bromberg introduces his most astounding discoveries and accompanies the films by playing the piano, thus honoring the way the films were originally featured. In addition, Bromberg tells about the origin of the films — and in these stories, fact is often stranger than fiction.

Retour de Flamme is a must-see for anyone who wishes to embark on a cinematic exploration, a magic and incerdibly entertaining journey through time and the history of cinema.

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!


Sat 20 Jun – Sun 12 Jul

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!

NT Live 2015


Sun 28 Jun – 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.

Celebrate Independence Day with <cite>Yankee Doodle Dandy</cite>

Sat 4 Jul

Celebrate Independence Day with Yankee Doodle Dandy

directed by Michael Curtiz in English starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston

We welcome you on the 4th of July to join us for a classic American film, Yankee Doodle Dandy. Includes a Patriotic Pre-show Sing-a-long!


Academy Award Winning distributor Music Box Films & Theatre seeks a dynamic new manager

by Stephanie Berlin, Wed 13 May 2015, 12:45pm

Come be a leader and ambassador in the film exhibition business. If you have the energy, ambition and talent to be in the business of film, there is no better opportunity between LA and NY. To apply, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Up Next

<cite>Love at First Fight</cite>

opens Fri 29 May

Love at First Fight

directed by Thomas Cailley in French starring Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais, Antoine Laurent

Winner of three Cannes Film Festival and three Cesar awards.

“Witty... A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Fishing Naked</cite>

opens Fri 29 May

Fishing Naked

directed by Pete Coggan in English starring Elyse Levesque, Tinsel Korey, Steve Reevis

A comedy for the post-Twilight generation, Fishing Naked is a modern legend of pranks, romantic entanglements, and outrageous comedy.

Get Real: Docs at the Box


Tue 2  – Tue 30 Jun

Get Real: Docs at the Box

On Tuesday nights in June, get ready to get real with some of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries, followed by post-screening Q&As with directors and experts.


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