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<cite>Criss Cross</cite>


Next screening, 5:00pm

Criss Cross

directed by Robert Siodmak in English starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea

When he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, Criss Cross now reigns as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. As good as it gets in the classic film noir era!

<cite>Digging for Fire</cite>


Next screening, 5:30pm

Digging for Fire

directed by Joe Swanberg in English starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Mike Birbiglia

The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

“Joe Swanberg's starriest picture is a lovely slice of everything and nothing disguised as a murder mystery.” —Variety

<cite>The Underworld Story</cite>


Next screening, 7:00pm

The Underworld Story

directed by Cy Endfield in English starring Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm

New 35mm FNF Preservation!
Another unjustly neglected noir by director Cy Enfield (Try and Get Me!), in which the always entertaining Dan Duryea plays a cynical reporter who digs dangerously close to a corrupt publisher’s family secrets. Craig Rice’s terrific story features a powerful subplot about the ingrained racism in the American upper class. With dazzling cinematography by the great Stanley Cortez (Night of the Hunter). New 35mm print courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.



Next screening, 7:30pm


directed by Christian Petzold in German starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf

In postwar Berlin, a disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

“Superbly crafted, emotionally resonant. A rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity. The finale is an absolute knockout.” —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


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


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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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Grayslake Antique Market

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

Flaco’s Tacos

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



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.


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


Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

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.

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.

Columbia College Chicago

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

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

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

Broughton Hotels

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

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.

Mosaic School

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

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

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

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)

Special Events

Meru Opening Weekend, with Filmmaker Q&A!


Fri 4 Sep

Meru Opening Weekend, with Filmmaker Q&A!

directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin in English starring Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk

From Music Box Films, celebrate opening weekend of Meru with a special screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker!
Director Jimmy Chin will participate in Q&As after the 7:20pm screening on Friday, and 5pm screening on Saturday.

“MERU is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut” —The Hollywood Reporter

Queen of Earth, featuring Q&As with Director Alex Ross Perry


Sat 5 Sep

Queen of Earth, featuring Q&As with Director Alex Ross Perry

directed by Alex Ross Perry in English starring Elisabeth Moss, Patrick Fugit, Katherine Waterston

Director Alex Ross Perry joins us for Opening Weekend of his new film Queen of Earth. On Saturday, Sept 5th, Perry will participate in Q&As after the 7:00pm & 9:30pm screenings.
The 7:00pm Q&A will be moderated by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Digging For Fire, Drinking Buddies).
The 9:30pm Q&A will be moderated by Steve Prokopy of Ain’t It Cool News.

“Moss traverses an astonishing range of emotions, from bliss to complete mental disintegration. She is a fascination to watch.” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Female Trouble</cite> hosted by drag superstar Lucy Stoole


Sat 5 Sep

Female Trouble hosted by drag superstar Lucy Stoole [35mm]

directed by John Waters in English starring Divine

Saturday, Sept 5th Only
Join us for a special, one night only event with the camp classic, Female Trouble hosted by drag superstar, Lucy Stoole! There will be drinks, costumes, prizes and a cocktail party hosted in the Music Box Lounge & Garden. Dress in your best ugly drag, from Divine, to John Waters, to your very own criminal creation, and compete to win fabulous prizes! Live performance with Lucy Stoole and costume contest start at midnight in the main theatre.

This will be unlike any midnight movie you’ve ever seen before. Bring the sin back to the cinema and join us at the Music Box for this once in a lifetime event.

NT Live 2015


Sun 6 Sep – 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.

Meet The Patels - Opening Night with The Patels in-person!


Fri 11 Sep

Meet The Patels - Opening Night with The Patels in-person!

directed by Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel in English

Celebrate opening weekend of Meet The Patels by meeting the Patels! A Q&A with Vasant Patel and Champa Patel will take place after the Friday 7:20pm & 9:45pm screenings.

“Sharp and riotously funny.” —Variety

Second Saturday Silent Cinema


Sat 12 Sep

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!

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!


Sun 20 Sep

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!

Slate Culturefest Live!

Tue 22 Sep

Slate Culturefest Live!

Slate is bringing the Culture Gabfest, its wildly popular weekly podcast, to Chicago for the first time.

Love Live! The School Idol Movie


Wed 23 Sep

Love Live! The School Idol Movie

directed by Takahiko Kyogoku in Japanese starring Emi Nitta, Yoshino Nanjo, Aya Uchida

One Night Only!

<cite>Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes</cite>


Wed 23 Sep

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

directed by Kahlil Joseph in English

The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Reflektor.

Attack on Titan, The Movies: Part One & Part Two


Wed 30 Sep – Wed 28 Oct

Attack on Titan, The Movies: Part One & Part Two

Attack on Titan, The Movies: Part One & Part Two is the upcoming live-action feature film from Studio Toho and acclaimed Japanese Director Shinji Higuchi, set to be released in two feature-length movies beginning September 30, 2015.

2015 Kickstarter Film Festival
Thu 15 Oct

2015 Kickstarter Film Festival

Grab some popcorn, take a seat, and be ready for some laughs and some tears — the 5th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival is coming to a theater near you.

Welcome To Night Vale Live Tour


Fri 23 Oct

Welcome To Night Vale Live Tour

The Music Box hosts Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, co-creators of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale, in discussion of their debut novel. Featuring a Q&A and book signing.

Music Box of Horrors 2015
Sat 24  – Sun 25 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2015

The Music Box of Horrors returns on Saturday, October 24th at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon is going to be better than ever, with horror films ranging from classic to grotesque to spine-chilling to fan favorites to underseen oddities, all presented in the finest 35mm and digital projection. Plus, special guests, one-of-a-kind presentations, vendors, and a few surprises!


Blue Sky: “Find a Way” with World-Record Swimmer Diana Nyad

Wed 4 Nov

Blue Sky: “Find a Way” with World-Record Swimmer Diana Nyad

Featuring an audience Q&A and book-signing

Diana Nyad’s book “Find a Way” chronicles the triumphs, trials and lessons she and her team faced in her world record-setting swim from Cuba to Miami in 2013. Nyad will be joined by Blue Sky reporter Amina Elahi for a discussion about her book at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre. Nyad’s achievements in and out of the water required vision, perseverance, teamwork and leadership. Anyone striving to reach a big goal — from entrepreneurs to weekend warriors — will want to hear her story.


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>Queen of Earth</cite>


opens Fri 4 Sep

Queen of Earth

directed by Alex Ross Perry in English starring Elisabeth Moss, Patrick Fugit, Katherine Waterston

A new psychological thriller from the director of Listen Up Phillip.

“Moss traverses an astonishing range of emotions, from bliss to complete mental disintegration. She is a fascination to watch.” —The Hollywood Reporter



opens Fri 4 Sep


directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin in English starring Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk

In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Mount Meru’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers.

“MERU is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut” —The Hollywood Reporter

NT Live 2015


Sun 6 Sep – 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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