Alternative Christmas Double Feature: Dark Knight Before Christmas

Mon, Dec 18th, 2017 to Tue, Dec 19th, 2017


For over three decades, the Music Box has celebrated the holidays with Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby. However, if those guys aren’t your cup of eggnog, the Music Box’s Alternative Christmas Double Feature invites you to spend the holidays with the Griswolds, the Caped Crusader, Jack Skellington & every working English actor from the early 2000s.

That’s right, this year we’re doubling up with two Alternative Christmas double features! Take a holiday trip to  Gotham City and Halloween Town with our DARK KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Double Feature, with BATMAN RETURNS and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Or fall in love and spend quality time with the family our JOLLY HOLIDAYS Double Feature, with LOVE ACTUALLY and CHRISTMAS VACATION.


Tickets are $11 ($7 for Music Box Members) and grant admission for BOTH films on the selected day. Purchase a ticket to the first show you want to see, then stick around for the second one!

Movies & Showtimes for
Alternative Christmas Double Feature: Dark Knight Before Christmas

Batman Returns

A FILM BY: Tim Burton
WRITTEN BY: Bob Kane (Batman characters), Daniel Waters (story)
STARRING: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck's timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1992
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 126 mins
Format: 35mm

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A FILM BY: Henry Selick
WRITTEN BY: Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation)
STARRING: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life -- he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 76 mins
Format: 35mm

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