Music Box Garden Movies

Fri, May 7th, 2021 to Thu, Sep 2nd, 2021

Summer is here and that means one thing: the return of our GARDEN MOVIES! This year we are bringing you a new and improved Garden Movie experience, with an extended space, a brand new projector and screen, and an improved audio system.

For the month of July, our Garden Movie programming will be split into themed weeks, with one movie playing Friday-Sunday and its thematic counterpart to play Monday-Thursday. Seating begins 25 minutes prior to showtime.


August Schedule - All Films Start at Sunset

July 30th - August 1st - THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (Theme: Anime Week)

August 2nd - August 5th - MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (Theme: Anime Week)

August 6th - August 8th - INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (Theme: Beautiful Bloodsuckers)

August 9th - August 12th - TWILIGHT (Theme: Beautiful Bloodsuckers)

August 13th - The Brewed Hosts GHOST CATCHERS 

August 16th - NIGHTMARE BEACH (Theme: Odd Obsession)

August 17th - THE BOXER'S OMEN (Theme: Odd Obsession)

August 18th - DEADBEAT AT DAWN (Theme: Odd Obsession)

August 19th - HAROLD AND MAUDE plus MEDUSA CHALLENGER 

August 20th - August 22nd - STRANGE BREW (Theme: Rick Moranis Appreciation Week)

August 23rd - August 26th - SPACEBALLS (Theme: Rick Moranis Appreciation Week)

August 27th - August 29th - BRICK (Theme: Neo-Noir)

August 30th - September 2nd - BLOOD SIMPLE (Theme: Neo-Noir)

***In the event of inclement weather, passes for future Garden Movie Screenings will be issued.***

Movies & Showtimes for
Music Box Garden Movies

Fri, Jul 30th
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

8:15PM
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Sat, Jul 31st
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

8:15PM
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Sun, Aug 1st
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

8:15PM
BUY TICKETS

Fri, Aug 27th
Brick

Sat, Aug 28th
Brick

Sun, Aug 29th
Brick

Blood Simple

A FILM BY: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
WRITTEN BY: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
STARRING: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Neo-Noir with BRICK 

"Blood Simple" was the first feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. This is the newly restored and re-edited director's cut of the film, introduced by Mortimer Young. The stylish crime thriller premiered at film festivals in 1984. "Blood Simple" begins deep in the heart of Texas, where a jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the saloon owner's younger wife and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea: he follows the two lovers, and...

Technical Information

Production Year: 1984
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: Digital

The Boxer's Omen

A FILM BY: Chih-Hung Kuei
WRITTEN BY: Chih-Hung Kuei (story), On Szeto (screenplay)
STARRING: Phillip Ko, Shao-Yen Lin, Kar-Man Wai

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Odd Obsession with NIGHTMARE BEACH and DEADBEAT AT DAWN 

A man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic while seeking revenge for his brother's crippling in Thailand.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1983
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: Digital

The Brewed Hosts Ghost Snatchers

A FILM BY: Ngai Choi Lam
WRITTEN BY: Jing Wong
STARRING: Joey Wang, Shu-Yuan Hsu, Joyce Godenzi

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | Hosted by The Brew 

The Brewed kicks off its sure-to-be celebrated relationship with the Music Box by presenting the 1986 Hong Kong horror comedy film "The Ghost Snatchers" in the garden on (appropriately) Friday the 13th! A high-rise building is haunted by the ghosts of Japanese soldiers from WWII and a Taoist priestess is enlisted by a bumbling security guard to exorcise the spirits. Lots of great practical effects, some classic 80s matte animations, and the greatest skeleton fight you'll ever see. Limited tickets are available now, so go snatch them up!

In Cantonese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1986
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: Digital

Brick

A FILM BY: Rian Johnson
WRITTEN BY: Rian Johnson
STARRING: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Neo-Noir with BLOOD SIMPLE 

After receiving a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend, teenage loner Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns that her dead body has been found. Vowing to solve her murder himself, he must infiltrate high-school cliques that he previously avoided. His search for the truth places him before some of the school's roughest characters, leading to a confrontation with a drug dealer known as "the Pin (Lukas Haas)."

Technical Information

Production Year: 2005
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: Digital

Deadbeat at Dawn

A FILM BY: Jim Van Bebber
WRITTEN BY: Jim Van Bebber
STARRING: Paul Harper, Jim Van Bebber, Megan Murphy

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Odd Obsession with NIGHTMARE BEACH and THE BOXER'S OMEN

The absolute definition of DIY filmmaking, DEADBEAT AT DAWN is a cult classic that deserves the moniker -- an indie revenge movie with more thrills and bloody spills than all of Chuck Norris' films combined.

'80s visionary wunderkind Jim Van Bebber wrote, directed, did stunts and makeup FX for and starred in this racuous tale of Goose: a former gang leader whose girlfriend is slaughtered when he leaves the thug life behind. As he's pulled back into the gang during an uneasy alliance with the murdering thugs, Goose exacts his head-crushing revenge...

You will not believe your eyes when you see Van Bebber giving 1,000% during every moment of this film.


"Jim Van Bebber's shot-on-16mm masterpiece came careening out of Dayton, Ohio in 1988 like a runaway lawnmower blade, setting the standard for all nihilist street-gang movies to follow. Visceral, unspeakably violent, and fearless, Van Bebber could have easily lost his life making this film. You may lose yours watching it." -- Austin Film Society

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: Digital

Harold and Maude

A FILM BY: Hal Ashby
STARRING: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | Presented by Windy City Double Feature Picture Show 

Windy City Double Feature Picture Show, hosted by Adam Carston and Mike Vanderbilt, is a bi-weekly podcast that celebrates Chicago’s rich moviegoing past by exploring historic double features that once screened in The Loop’s bustling movie district, neighborhoods, drive-ins, or suburban theaters. Each episode the hosts take a deep dive into the movies and the glorious theaters that screened them, setting the time and the place by examining local news, national trends, popular culture, and what else was playing around town. It’s like a cinematic time machine! 

This month, the hosts are bringing the show to the Music Box garden, taking everyone back to August 25, 1978, when MEDUSA CHALLENGER (a locally made short starring Joe Mentegna) and cult favorite HAROLD AND MAUDE opened at the Biograph Theater. Come for a unique screening experience, brimming with nostalgia and local history

Technical Information

Production Year: 1971
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: Digital

Interview with the Vampire

A FILM BY: Neil Jordan
WRITTEN BY: Anne Rice
STARRING: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Beautiful Bloodsuckers with TWILIGHT 

Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Eventually, gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat guilts him into staying by turning a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) -- whose addition to the "family" breeds even more conflict.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1994
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 123 mins
Format: Digital

Millennium Actress

A FILM BY: Satoshi Kon
WRITTEN BY: Satoshi Kon (original story), Sadayuki Murai (screenplay)

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Anime Week with THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL 

In this animated movie, filmmaker Genya Tachibana begins work on a documentary about famed Japanese actress Chiyoko Fujiwara. Now well into old age, Chiyoko has become reclusive and shy about any publicity, but she eventually warms up to Tachibana and starts to relate her life story. As the decades pass, Chiyoko is transformed from a teen with big dreams into a full-blown celebrity, while her cinematic characters span various eras, from ancient Japan to the distant future.

English Dubbed Version 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2001
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: Digital

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

A FILM BY: Masaaki Yuasa
WRITTEN BY: Tomihiko Morimi(based on the novel by), Makoto Ueda(screenplay)

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Anime Week with MILLENNIUM ACTRESS 

A young girl embarks on an insanely long night of partying where she interacts with an increasingly eccentric cast of characters.

In Japanese with English subtitles 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: Digital

Nightmare Beach

A FILM BY: James Justice, Umberto Lenzi
WRITTEN BY: James Justice, Umberto Lenzi, Vittorio Rambaldi
STARRING: Nicolas De Toth, Sarah Buxton, Rawley Valverde

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Odd Obsession with THE BOXER'S OMEN and DEADBEAT AT DAWN 

A criminal is executed, but returns on his motorcycle to carry out his revenge on the residents and tourists of a town in Florida.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

Spaceballs

A FILM BY: Mel Brooks
WRITTEN BY: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham
STARRING: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Rick Moranis Appreciation Week with STRANGE BREW 

In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called "Perri-Air." In desperation, Spaceball's leader President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air. But help arrives for the Princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy).

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: Digital

Strange Brew

A FILM BY: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
WRITTEN BY: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt
STARRING: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Rick Moranis Appreciation Week with SPACEBALLS

In their quest for free beer, bumbling Canadian brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas) wind up working at the Elsinore Brewery. The hapless lads uncover a sinister mind-control plot spearheaded by Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) and must stop the scheme, which also involves Uncle Claude (Paul Dooley), a member of the Elsinore family. As Bob and Doug try to prevent Smith from taking over the world, they also manage to drink plenty of their favorite sudsy beverage.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1983
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

Twilight

A FILM BY: Catherine Hardwicke
WRITTEN BY: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer (novel "Twilight")
STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke

Screening in the Music Box Garden | Extremely Limited Seating Available | A Part of Beautiful Bloodsuckers with INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE 

High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she moves from sunny Arizona to rainy Washington state. Then she meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a handsome but mysterious teen whose eyes seem to peer directly into her soul. Edward is a vampire whose family does not drink blood, and Bella, far from being frightened, enters into a dangerous romance with her immortal soulmate.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2008
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 122 mins
Format: Digital

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