Back on the Big Screen Presented by MUBI

Fri, May 28th, 2021 to Thu, Jun 10th, 2021

CLICK HERE to Watch the Series Trailer

After a year of pundits, critics, and tech entrepreneurs proclaiming movie theaters as dead as the dial-up modem, the Music Box Theatre and MUBI beg to differ. Movie theaters remain vital places for entertainment, community-building, and simple human contact. And the Music Box remains the absolute best place to experience movies in all their grandeur--on the big screen, in 35mm with auditorium-filling sound. We've assembled two weeks of special programming, with an emphasis on films that demand to be experienced theatrically. Then, rather than craft a series about the “Magic of the Movies,” we’ve opted to deliver a line-up of films that explore the everyday existence of theaters and the people who work in them. From the projectionist to the ticket-taker to the teenager in the giant rubber ant head running up and down the aisles during a matinee, all of them contribute to our most democratic and shape-shifting art form.

For the first week, the Music Box will present everything from big-screen epics to stunning auteur pictures with worlds and landscapes meant to be shared in a darkened room upon a brightly lit screen. Titles will include Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN; Jacques Tati’s PLAYTIME; Orsen Welles’ TOUCH OF EVIL; and Akira Kurosawa’s rarely screened RAN, all of which will be played in 35mm. In addition, we’re bringing back the recently restored 4K DCP of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA.

During the second week—which we’re calling BEHIND THE SCREEN— we’ll allow viewers to enjoy the world of the movie theater, with stories that represent our love and passion for going to the cinema. Rich stories, twisting plots, compelling characters, and the love of pure cinema awaits you. Titles for this part of the series include William Castle’s THE TINGLER; Giuseppe Tornatore’s CINEMA PARADISO (original theatrical cut); Tsai Ming-Liang’s GOODBYE DRAGON INN; Sarah Jacobson’s MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE (in 16mm); and Joe Dante’s MATINEE.


About MUBI:

MUBI is a curated streaming service presenting beautiful films from all across the world — a new one, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs.  We're excited to partner with The Music Box Theatre to celebrate the return of movie theaters with a special program of films that highlight the cinematic experience. So whether you're revisiting an old favorite, or discovering one for the first time, we'll see you at the movies!

Visit mubi.com/musicbox now to stream 30 days of beautiful cinema, for free.

Movies & Showtimes for
Back on the Big Screen Presented by MUBI

Fri, May 28th
Ran

3:30PM
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Fri, May 28th
Days of Heaven

7:15PM
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Fri, May 28th
Suspiria (1977)

9:30PM
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Sat, May 29th
Playtime

12:45PM
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Sat, May 29th
Ran

6:00PM
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Sat, May 29th
Touch of Evil

9:30PM
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Sun, May 30th
Ran

2:30PM
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Sun, May 30th
Touch of Evil

6:15PM
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Sun, May 30th
Suspiria (1977)

9:00PM
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Mon, May 31st
Playtime

2:45PM
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Mon, May 31st
Suspiria (1977)

5:45PM
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Mon, May 31st
Days of Heaven

8:00PM
BUY TICKETS

Tue, Jun 1st
Playtime

4:15PM
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Wed, Jun 2nd
Touch of Evil

4:00PM
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Wed, Jun 2nd
Suspiria (1977)

9:00PM
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Thu, Jun 3rd
Days of Heaven

4:15PM
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Thu, Jun 3rd
Playtime

6:45PM
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Fri, Jun 4th
Ran

3:30PM
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Fri, Jun 4th
Matinee

7:15PM
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Fri, Jun 4th
The Tingler

9:30PM
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Sat, Jun 5th
Days of Heaven

1:15PM
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Sat, Jun 5th
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

3:45PM
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Sat, Jun 5th
Cinema Paradiso

6:15PM
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Sat, Jun 5th
Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

9:15PM
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Sun, Jun 6th
Touch of Evil

12:45PM
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Sun, Jun 6th
Matinee

3:30PM
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Sun, Jun 6th
The Tingler

6:00PM
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Sun, Jun 6th
Cinema Paradiso

8:15PM
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Mon, Jun 7th
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

4:30PM
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Mon, Jun 7th
Matinee

9:15PM
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Tue, Jun 8th
The Tingler

4:30PM
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Tue, Jun 8th
Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

6:45PM
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Tue, Jun 8th
Cinema Paradiso

9:15PM
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Wed, Jun 9th
Cinema Paradiso

4:15PM
BUY TICKETS

Wed, Jun 9th
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

7:15PM
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Wed, Jun 9th
Matinee

9:30PM
BUY TICKETS

Thu, Jun 10th
Matinee

4:15PM
BUY TICKETS

Thu, Jun 10th
Cinema Paradiso

6:45PM
BUY TICKETS

Thu, Jun 10th
The Tingler

9:30PM
BUY TICKETS

Cinema Paradiso

A FILM BY: Giuseppe Tornatore
WRITTEN BY: Giuseppe Tornatore
STARRING: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili

In this beloved tribute to the life-changing power of cinema, the young Toto finds a second home at his small village’s theater and befriends the aging projectionist, Alfredo (Phillipe Noiret), in post-war Italy. Toto grows up in the projection booth, observes the censorious regime dictated by the local priest, and witnesses the awesome destructive potential of nitrate cellulose first-hand. An Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, CINEMA PARADISO played at some American theaters for a year straight on its initial release, so strong was its universal evocation of childhood enlivened and expanded by the movies.

Screening in a 35mm collector’s print of the 123-minute 1990 release version | In Italian with English subtitles 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 123 mins
Format: 35mm

Days of Heaven

A FILM BY: Terrence Malick
WRITTEN BY: Terrence Malick
STARRING: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard

A screen poem about life in America at the turn of the century. A story of love and murder told through the voice of a child and expressive images of nature in 1916. A steelworker flees Chicago after a fight with his boss; he takes his little sister and girlfriend with him.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1978
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

A FILM BY: Ming-liang Tsai
WRITTEN BY: Sung Hsi (additional narrative), Ming-liang Tsai
STARRING: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura

It’s the final show at Taipei’s enormous Fu Ho movie palace, and a small band of cinephiles, cruisers, and ghosts gather to watch a screening of King Hu’s wuxia landmark, DRAGON INN. Released after years of fin-de-siècle proclamations of cinema’s flagging relevance--but before the wholesale replacement of 35mm release prints with digital projection—Tsai’s melancholy ode to moviegoing returns to us now through a double layer of phantom nostalgia.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2003
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: 35mm

Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

A FILM BY: Sarah Jacobson
WRITTEN BY: Sarah Jacobson
STARRING: Lisa Gerstein, Chris Enright, Greg Cruikshank

Anyone who’s ever worked in a fleapit cinema will instantly recognize the nondescript art house and its rag tag assortment of doofuses and drunks in MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE, the sole feature from Sarah Jacobson, the self-proclaimed Queen of Underground Cinema, who would succumb to cancer at 32. Jacobson captures the camaraderie and drudgery of minimum wage work, the raw terribleness of fumbling teen sex, and the ecstatic pleasure of growing up with a unique filmmaking voice that recalls the directness of a punk zine. MARY JANE had its world premiere at the 1996 edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and has been haunting the late show circuit ever since.

16mm print courtesy of Canyon Cinema.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1996
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: 16mm

Matinee

A FILM BY: Joe Dante
WRITTEN BY: Jerico, Charlie Haas
STARRING: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton

It’s 1962 and the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to annihilate all life on this planet—but more ominously for the kids on the block, all this grown-up riffraff might pre-empt the Key West premiere of MANT!, the latest film from exploitation maven Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman).  A loving homage to William Castle and the ranks of forgotten dumpster auteurs whose low-budget sci-fi and monster mash pictures fired the imagination of countless adolescents, MATINEE reminds us that even when films are mass market entertainment rolled out nationwide, they’re enjoyed in specific theater, and every screening is a special occasion. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: 35mm

Playtime

A FILM BY: Jacques Tati
WRITTEN BY: Jacques Tati
STARRING: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden

Screening on DCP on 5/29, 5/31 & 6/1 | Screening in 35mm on 6/3

Clumsy Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist (Barbara Dennek), and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1967
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 124 mins
Format: DCP

Ran

A FILM BY: Akira Kurosawa
WRITTEN BY: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni
STARRING: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished.

In Japanese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 162 mins
Format: 35mm

Suspiria (1977)

A FILM BY: Dario Argento
WRITTEN BY: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
STARRING: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci

Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one lets her in, and she sees Pat (Eva Axén), another student, fleeing from the school. When Pat reaches her apartment, she is murdered. The next day, Suzy is admitted to her new school, but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy uncovers the terrifying secret history of the place.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1977
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: DCP

The Tingler

A FILM BY: William Castle
WRITTEN BY: Robb White
STARRING: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman

We have nothing to fear but fear itself in William Castle’s shlock masterpiece, a proto-Cronenbergian exploration of terror as a literal bodily manifestation destroying us from the inside out. Vincent Price stars as an ethically flexible coroner whose efforts to get to the bottom of what makes us tingle encompass murder, mayhem, and cinema’s first LSD trip. One of the bad doctor’s patients is the deaf-mute wife of a cinema operator—a silent cinema operator, which is a surefire sign that he’s a certified weirdo in Eisenhower-era America. Many scenes were photographed at John Hampton’s Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, later the site of the Cinefamily. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: 35mm

Touch of Evil

A FILM BY: Orson Welles
WRITTEN BY: Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (novel)
STARRING: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh

35mm Murch Restoration Version

Mexican cop Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his American wife Susan (Janet Leigh) encounter more than they bargained for when they drive into the California border town of Los Robles—extortion, kidnapping, and murder are par for the course in the dusty fiefdom of veteran sheriff Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Can Vargas unveil decades of corruption and protect his bride from a marauding gang? Welles' return to Hollywood from European exile is the stuff of legend—a crime drama so extraordinarily stylish it looms symbolically as the end of the classic noir era. Time and changing tastes have led some critics to laud it as the equal of Welles' earlier masterworks. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1958
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 111 mins
Format: 35mm

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