Music Box Theatre

★★★★★
  • 3733 N Southport Ave

    Chicago, IL 60613

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  • 773-871-6604

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I used to go to this theater all of the time. A good portion of my youth was dedicated here. The main theater room is great, perfect sound quality to match the large screen. Show times are reasonable and prices are what you would expect.

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★★★★★

I used to go to this theater all of the time. A good portion of my youth was dedicated here. The main theater room is great, perfect sound quality to match the large screen. Show times are reasonable and prices are what you would expect.

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Music Box Theater, great place to watch independent movies, a not too pricey venue and their website should be constantly checked. A lot of special screenings/premieres of films are held there and usually they are free or cheap for the public and if you get on their mailing list, you will be in the know. Anyways cool place to check out.

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★★★★☆

Music Box Theater, great place to watch independent movies, a not too pricey venue and their website should be constantly checked. A lot of special screenings/premieres of films are held there and usually they are free or cheap for the public and if you get on their mailing list, you will be in the know. Anyways cool place to check out.

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This is a nice little theater with a huge ammount of spirit and high quality films. The main theater is a giant room with really good sound and a huge screen. The small theater is not as impressive, but still a good spot to catch a flick. Check the website for show times because it's worth the trip.

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★★★★★

This is a nice little theater with a huge ammount of spirit and high quality films. The main theater is a giant room with really good sound and a huge screen. The small theater is not as impressive, but still a good spot to catch a flick. Check the website for show times because it's worth the trip.

Pros: Great staff, great content!

Cons: Not for people who don't LOVE film

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and may your every film experience be as charmed as every time I go to this darn place. Chicago doesn't have much in the way of movie theatres, unfortunately, but it is saved from abject cinematic philistinism by a handful of jewels, including the Music Box. The theater is really, really beautiful and the selection of films is impeccable. They host all kinds of special events, such as sing-alongs, weird and ambiguously porny film festivals, and that time when David Lynch read a poem about a spider. Music Box will often host those random national traveling retrospectives, such as last year when they showed the long overdue American commercial release of "Army of Shadows" by JP Melville. Another great feature is the weekend matinee series, where they show classics and rarities. They sell tickets for 5 entrances at $33, and believe me, once you get hooked on going to this place, you'll appreciate the deal. Truly world class!

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★★★★★

and may your every film experience be as charmed as every time I go to this darn place. Chicago doesn't have much in the way of movie theatres, unfortunately, but it is saved from abject cinematic philistinism by a handful of jewels, including the Music Box. The theater is really, really beautiful and the selection of films is impeccable. They host all kinds of special events, such as sing-alongs, weird and ambiguously porny film festivals, and that time when David Lynch read a poem about a spider. Music Box will often host those random national traveling retrospectives, such as last year when they showed the long overdue American commercial release of "Army of Shadows" by JP Melville. Another great feature is the weekend matinee series, where they show classics and rarities. They sell tickets for 5 entrances at $33, and believe me, once you get hooked on going to this place, you'll appreciate the deal. Truly world class!

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I practically LIVED in this theatre growing up. The only place to see the classics and now the LAST theatre to show midnight movies in the Windy City. The Popcorn is made with real butter. For a real treat, check out their annual Christmas program!

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★★★★★

I practically LIVED in this theatre growing up. The only place to see the classics and now the LAST theatre to show midnight movies in the Windy City. The Popcorn is made with real butter. For a real treat, check out their annual Christmas program!

Pros: Great architecture, top movies, great concessions

Cons: Seats are a bit uncomfortable, and parking is tough when the cubs are playing

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My favorite arthouse/independent theater. Love the movies, the midnight cult movies, the mix of independent, foreign and older classic movies.

The smaller 16mm theater where I saw Blue Angel in the original German is very small and cramped.

The main theater is certainly bigger and more spacious, but I sure wish they would replace the seating. For a marathon all night horror fest they had a while back, my back emerged fealing broken.

The main reason to go is for the movies. My list of the consistently best movie programming in Chicago: Music Box, Century Center, Gene Siskel.

2
★★★★★

My favorite arthouse/independent theater. Love the movies, the midnight cult movies, the mix of independent, foreign and older classic movies.

The smaller 16mm theater where I saw Blue Angel in the original German is very small and cramped.

The main theater is certainly bigger and more spacious, but I sure wish they would replace the seating. For a marathon all night horror fest they had a while back, my back emerged fealing broken.

The main reason to go is for the movies. My list of the consistently best movie programming in Chicago: Music Box, Century Center, Gene Siskel.

Pros: Movies, Movies, Movies...and the neighborhood has a great selection of restaurants for lunch.

Cons: seats are 50 years old and sometimes broken. Uncomfortable at times

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The Music Box is so unique that I would truly miss it if it were to close down. The Music Box has a lot of character from the decor on inside, to the organ in the main theater, to the selection of films. As they tout, they feature "the year round film festival."
The seats leave something to be desired, but I've sat in worse in newer locales. Don't expect to be wooed and wowed, but do expect a unique experience.

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★★★★☆

The Music Box is so unique that I would truly miss it if it were to close down. The Music Box has a lot of character from the decor on inside, to the organ in the main theater, to the selection of films. As they tout, they feature "the year round film festival."
The seats leave something to be desired, but I've sat in worse in newer locales. Don't expect to be wooed and wowed, but do expect a unique experience.

Pros: Atmosphere, accessability, unique film selections

Cons: Seat comfort, front audio only

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This theater is conveniently located on hip Southport - there are tons of bars/restaurants in this area, so make a night out of a movie at the Music Box.

This theater shows RANDOM but interesting films, and is filled with intellectual/alternative types of people. Definitely not your normal, yuppie Chicago type crowd, which is very refreshing!

You can valet park, or self-park on the street or in a nearby school lot. Parking is usually pretty easy to find on the side streets off Southport.

PROS: fun crowd, parking is pretty easy to find
CONS: doesn't show any modern movies

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★★★★☆

This theater is conveniently located on hip Southport - there are tons of bars/restaurants in this area, so make a night out of a movie at the Music Box.

This theater shows RANDOM but interesting films, and is filled with intellectual/alternative types of people. Definitely not your normal, yuppie Chicago type crowd, which is very refreshing!

You can valet park, or self-park on the street or in a nearby school lot. Parking is usually pretty easy to find on the side streets off Southport.

PROS: fun crowd, parking is pretty easy to find
CONS: doesn't show any modern movies

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This is a beautiful old theatre with lots of architecture and decoration. The movies may have an intermission at which time a piano player entertains the audience. Also has a small side theater for smaller audiences. Look up when the room gets dark and you'll see stars on the ceiling as well as the screen.

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★★★★★

This is a beautiful old theatre with lots of architecture and decoration. The movies may have an intermission at which time a piano player entertains the audience. Also has a small side theater for smaller audiences. Look up when the room gets dark and you'll see stars on the ceiling as well as the screen.

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The main theater is great. it's huge and well decorated. my first time there, i had a hard time paying attention to the movie and not the clouds and twinkling stars on the ceiling.

seating is more than ample in the main theater. the sound and picture quality leave something to be desired, but the theater makes up for it with atmosphere and location.

2
★★★★★

The main theater is great. it's huge and well decorated. my first time there, i had a hard time paying attention to the movie and not the clouds and twinkling stars on the ceiling.

seating is more than ample in the main theater. the sound and picture quality leave something to be desired, but the theater makes up for it with atmosphere and location.

Pros: "indie" films, midnight showings, beatiful theater

Cons: seats a bit cramped, sound quality, picture quality

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I really do enjoy coming here, with others or alone. The film selection is the best in town as is the early 30's atmosphere. If you like classic theatres then this is your place. The chairs are a bit uncomfortable...feels like they have not changed these since the 30's. The bathrooms are crampt...so hope you are the only one in there, or "go" before you go!

The main viewing room is fascinating...a blue lit ceiling with twinkling stars and moving clouds coupled with amber lamps and burgandy curtains makes the place enchanting (a good date place!)
The 2nd room is ok...its very crampt in there as well. I suggest seeing a film playing on the main screen.

Overall, I think the Music Box is a feather in the hat of Chicago.

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★★★★★

I really do enjoy coming here, with others or alone. The film selection is the best in town as is the early 30's atmosphere. If you like classic theatres then this is your place. The chairs are a bit uncomfortable...feels like they have not changed these since the 30's. The bathrooms are crampt...so hope you are the only one in there, or "go" before you go!

The main viewing room is fascinating...a blue lit ceiling with twinkling stars and moving clouds coupled with amber lamps and burgandy curtains makes the place enchanting (a good date place!)
The 2nd room is ok...its very crampt in there as well. I suggest seeing a film playing on the main screen.

Overall, I think the Music Box is a feather in the hat of Chicago.

Pros: film selection, atmosphere, 3 blocks tobrown line

Cons: comfort, bathrooms

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This is a classic theatre for classic films. Recent revivals have included Patton and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Films like these look and sound so much better in a theatre and the Music Box is a perfect showcase. The theatre is beautifully charming with ornate decorations, a "night sky" projected on the ceiling and a live organist on weekends. Afterwards, there are plenty of good restaurants and bars within walking distance.

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★★★★★

This is a classic theatre for classic films. Recent revivals have included Patton and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Films like these look and sound so much better in a theatre and the Music Box is a perfect showcase. The theatre is beautifully charming with ornate decorations, a "night sky" projected on the ceiling and a live organist on weekends. Afterwards, there are plenty of good restaurants and bars within walking distance.

Pros: Classic Films, Foreign Films, Charming Atmosphere

Cons: Street or Pay Parking, No stadium seating

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This is what it must have been like to go to the movies 50 years ago. The place isn't very comfortable or clean, but it's a unique film experience. The ceiling has glow-in-the-dark stars that twinkle and move. The best thing is that they show non-mainstream films. And the popcorn's not bad either.

2
★★★★☆

This is what it must have been like to go to the movies 50 years ago. The place isn't very comfortable or clean, but it's a unique film experience. The ceiling has glow-in-the-dark stars that twinkle and move. The best thing is that they show non-mainstream films. And the popcorn's not bad either.

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i don't go to this theater much anymore, just because the landmark century theater is so much more comfortable. but for a dose of nostalgia, this neighborhood theater can't be beat. they play organ music before shows on the weekends, and the ceiling twinkles with lights across a painted sky. not very comfortable, but still worth a visit.

2
★★★★☆

i don't go to this theater much anymore, just because the landmark century theater is so much more comfortable. but for a dose of nostalgia, this neighborhood theater can't be beat. they play organ music before shows on the weekends, and the ceiling twinkles with lights across a painted sky. not very comfortable, but still worth a visit.

Pros: great ambience

Cons: obscure movies, uncomfortable

 

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