Virtual Cinema with the Music Box

Sun, Apr 5th, 2020 to Thu, Jun 25th, 2020

While the Music Box doors will remain closed, we’re proud to be able to team up with our frequent partners to provide viewing-at-home options for our amazing audience! All sales will help support the Music Box during our closure, and you can watch powerful new films that would otherwise be playing on our screen.

And to create a true Music Box experience, cue up Dennis Scott on the Music Box Organ before you watch your film!

Please note, these screening links are set up & moderated by their respective film distributors, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter any issues while streaming these films, please email BoxOffice@MusicBoxTheatre, and we will connect you with their support staff.

Now available to view-at-home:

The Grey Fox

A FILM BY: Phillip Borsos
WRITTEN BY: John Hunter
STARRING: Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue

CLICK HERE to Watch THE GREY FOX Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Kino Lorber, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please email contact@kinonow.com and you will be assisted shortly.)

After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society…until he sees THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY and is inspired to once again do what he does best.

"One of the loveliest adventures of the year" -- Roger Ebert (original review)

"Will steal your heart" -- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Technical Information

Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: Digital

Hail Satan?

A FILM BY: Penny Lane

CLICK HERE to Watch HAIL SATAN? Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 10% of all sales will be donated to GiveDirectly’s COVID relief fund.

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Magnolia Pictures, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Click Here to Submit An Email and you will be assisted shortly.)

*Film rental includes access to an exclusive Livestream Q&A on Wednesday, June 10th with Director Penny Lane in conversation with Lucien Greaves, Head of The Satanic Temple.

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (NUTS!, OUR NIXON). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

CLICK HERE for an Exclusive Music Box Interview with HAIL SATAN? Director Penny Lane & Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple.

“Wickedly funny, fascinating and niftily made” -- The Hollywood Reporter

“Sets out to subvert American history with intelligence and wit.” -- Variety

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

I Am Not Your Negro

A FILM BY: Raoul Peck
WRITTEN BY: James Baldwin

CLICK HERE to Watch I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

To purchase I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, WHOSE STREETS, and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM for the one-time price of $15, CLICK HERE.

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Magnolia Pictures, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Click Here to Submit An Email and you will be assisted shortly.)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: Digital

Lucky Grandma

A FILM BY: Sasie Sealy
WRITTEN BY: Sasie Sealy, Angela Cheng
STARRING: Tsai Chin, Hsiao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow

CLICK HERE to Watch LUCKY GRANDMA Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Good Deed Entertainment, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please email contact@kinonow.com and you will be assisted shortly.)

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck...suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds her-self right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

 Director Sasie Sealy brings to life a dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging and an unexpected friendship. Set in alleyways underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters (including Taiwanese movie star Corey Ha) LUCKY GRANDMA is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.

In Chinese with English subtitles

“A heist movie like this shouldn't exist. But thank god it does.” - VICE

“A crowd-pleaser with a slyly magnetic lead performance” – The Hollywood Reporter

"An electrifying Tsai Chin deals a cool hand in this sharp, screwy black comedy” – Slash Film

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: Digital

Mysteries of Lisbon

A FILM BY: Raúl Ruiz
WRITTEN BY: Carlos Saboga
STARRING: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, Afonso Pimentel

CLICK HERE to Watch MYSTERIES OF LISBON Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure.

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Music Box Films, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please email info@musicbox.direct.)

6-Part Miniseries - Available in the United States for the first time!

Raul Ruiz’s MYSTERIES OF LISBON, masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

In Portugues and French with English subtitles

“Hypnotically beautiful, playful… Lavish, elegant, operatic… It immersed me” -- Roger Ebert

“One of the first cinematic masterpieces of this century.” -- Film Comment 

Please note: Viewers must start watching the miniseries within 7 days of rental purchase. Once you begin the first episode, you have 7 full days to view the entire series before the rental period ends.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2011
Country of Origin: Portugal
Language: Portuguese
Run Time: 330 mins
Format: Digital

Mystery of Chess Boxing

A FILM BY: Joseph Kuo
WRITTEN BY: Joseph Kuo
STARRING: Jack Long, Yi-Min Li, Kuan-Wu Lung

ONE NIGHT ONLY - Special Live Stream with Commentary by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA on Friday, June 12th at 8:15pm | CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets 

About MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING

MYSTERY OF CHESSBOXING is an instrumental piece of Wu-Tang lore. The old school Kung Fu movie follows Ah Pao on his journey to learn Kung Fu so he can avenge his father’s death. The film is directed by Taiwanese film director Joseph Kuo, who also helmed 7 GRANDMASTERS, 36 DEADLY STYLES and 18 BRONZEMEN.


About the Live Stream

RZA—acclaimed rapper, producer, director and co-founder of 36 Chambers—and Dan Halsted—head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre—will provide live commentary during the film. Their collective knowledge and personal stories related to MYSTERY OF CHESSBOXING will give viewers a deeper appreciation for the movies we love.

Doors open at 7:15pm CST with the movie starting at 8:15pm CST. Customers will receive a link to the live stream 45 minutes prior to showtime. Shaolin vs Wu Tang has a runtime of 90 minutes.

Viewers will also be able to ask the moderators questions during the screening. Mustafa Shaikh—co-founder of 36 Chambers—will be moderating the screening. 


CLICK HERE for More Information

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

A FILM BY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
STARRING: Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Oprah Winfrey, Hilton Als

Click Here to Watch TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM Now. Part of all proceeds will support the Music box during our closure.

To purchase I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, WHOSE STREETS, and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM for the one-time price of $15, CLICK HERE.

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Magnolia Pictures, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Click Here to Submit An Email and you will be assisted shortly.)

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.

“Rousing! Underscores the deeply humanistic soul responsible for broadening the literary landscape.” -- Variety

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 120 mins
Format: DCP

Whose Streets?

A FILM BY: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
WRITTEN BY: Sabaah Folayan

Click Here to Watch WHOSE STREETS Now. Part of all proceeds will support the Music Box during our closure.

To purchase I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, WHOSE STREETS, and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM for the one-time price of $15, CLICK HERE.

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Magnolia Pictures, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Click Here to Submit An Email and you will be assisted shortly.)

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE STREETS? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they have lived the story. WHOSE STREETS? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: Digital