Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave (btwn Grace St & Waveland Ave), Chicago, IL 60613
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    • 4:00 PM–Midnight
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    • 10:00 AM–Midnight
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    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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    • 3:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • "... the time, as well as silent films. The theater still boasts a working organ..." (2 tips)
  • "Friday's midnight showings are perfect. You'll love watching all the..." (2 tips)
  • "... when you're here... twinkling stars & floating clouds..." (2 tips)
  • Explore Chicago

    The Music Box plays a mix of independent and foreign films, as well as classic (black and white) movie matinees, and midnight screenings of cult classics. Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    The Music Box Theatre, built in 1929, was designed to accommodate sound films, a new technology at the time, as well as silent films. The theater still boasts a working organ and an orchestra pit. Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    The Music Box is on Chicago's Southport Avenue corridor, a great place to do some shopping. For more information on Southport's boutiques and designers, visit Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    In the movie "High Fidelity" (2000), Rob (John Cusack) meets up with his ex-girlfriends. He meets Penny, a film critic, at the Music Box. Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    The Music Box's retro neon sign, velvet seats, and twinkling stars / rolling clouds on the ceiling give the place a romantic vibe, making it a great venue for date night. Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Maureen

    $5 Mondays are tops. If you want to see a movie in their big theater, your best bet is to catch the show the first week it's out.

    Maureen · August 17, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    For old-time charm and movies that aren't the usual blockbusters, no place beats the Music Box.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
  • Racked C.

    Friday's midnight showings are perfect. You'll love watching all the subcultures come out of the woodwork for the unique films here. Enjoy the show! -From your Twitter buddies @RackedChicago

    Racked C. · May 28, 2011
  • Sei Jin L.

    Don't be afraid of sitting near the front. There's a lot of space between the seats and the screen and the screen is not that big for the size of the room.

    Sei Jin L. · October 24, 2009
  • Natalie

    Tip the Asian guy well, he has quadruplets at home.

    Natalie · March 1, 2012
  • Nate R.

    See a midnight showing!

    Nate R. · September 8, 2011
  • Jess S.

    Attend a Sound Opinions Movie Night. Kot & DeRo represent.

    Jess S. · August 17, 2009
  • Eric H.

    The Room. Midnight. Do it!

    Eric H. · November 27, 2010
  • Jim W.

    Genre nerds take note - amazing weekend midnight films all year long!

    Jim W. · February 9, 2013
  • Seth M.

    Get the popcorn with butter in the middle and on top. Best Ever!!! Read more

    Seth M. · March 22, 2010
  • Julie F.

    You must see White Christmas and It's A Wonderful Life at Music Box in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Classic movies on the big screen with Christmas carols before each show.

    Julie F. · January 5, 2013
  • Diego R.

    It's a sad truth, but classy, vintage theaters that show art flicks are pretty damn hard to find in the US these days. Read more

    Diego R. · March 28, 2011
  • C B.

    Check to see which theatre your film is in. The small theatre (#2) is super tiny. Theatre #1 is huge.

    C B. · November 12, 2011
  • Dave

    The MBT accepts Visa and MC, since January 2009. The organist plays most weekend afternoon/evenings. We use real butter on the popcorn if you ask for it, and we have been named the best popcorn in C

    Dave · May 6, 2010
  • T H.

    If you want to live out your horror movie fears, use their bathroom. I dare you.

    T H. · February 19, 2013
  • Corinne

    One of my favorite spots in Chicago.

    Corinne · December 10, 2012
  • Facets Multi-Media

    In High Fidelity, John Cusack defines Chicago as a city of doers, dreamers, and slackers. As an indie-connoisseur, Rob Gordon only watches films at the Music Box.

    Facets Multi-Media · October 9, 2012
  • Jaclyn K.

    You can't beat seeing an old movie, in an old theatre, on the big screen. In August I saw Independence Day- it was awesome

    Jaclyn K. · September 19, 2011
  • Oh word?

    Monday Special: $5 Admission and buy one, get one popcorn and soda!

    Oh word? · April 12, 2011
  • Carly P.

    Snacks are still reasonably priced here; splurge for the big popcorn!

    Carly P. · July 14, 2010
  • Ross W. B.

    Miss a Midnight Movie and be very dissapointed

    Ross W. B. · May 30, 2010
  • Edina N.

    Watch classic films

    Edina N. · April 3, 2010
  • Jake S.

    If the movie you're seeing calls for audience participation, participate! The staff sometimes hands out sheets with information about how you can participate better during the film.

    Jake S. · June 1, 2013
  • Tom

    Be sure to look at the ceiling when you're here... twinkling stars & floating clouds...

    Tom · March 10, 2013
  • Sarah B.

    Best Indy cinema in the Midwest!

    Sarah B. · December 15, 2012
  • Topshop

    You won't find a lovelier place to watch Indie or classic Hollywood films.

    Topshop · June 19, 2012
  • Araceli A.

    Best place for Indy-films

    Araceli A. · February 4, 2012
  • Daniel O.

    My favorite theater in Chicago. A fine blend of new and old with fantastic special events. $5 dollar movie Mondays are a group tradition now.

    Daniel O. · April 19, 2011
  • Riley B.

    Not cash only. Great premiers and festivals here. Check out julius meinl a block south for a quick bite before the movie.

    Riley B. · December 17, 2010
  • Dave

    Follow us on Twitter @musicboxtheatre where we give away free tix and gift certificates Read more

    Dave · May 12, 2010
  • Rachel R.

    See a silent film with music accompaniment played on the original 1929 organ.

    Rachel R. · April 11, 2010

    The video was clear and stutter free. I hear they have a 4k or ultra-HD setup. Audio, contrary to gripes I've read in a few other reviews, seemed perfectly fine really... I love this place...

    ✞CONSTANTINE ✞ · 2 weeks ago
  • Everyday

    Very picturesque display; customer service could be better.

    Everyday · March 2
  • David J.

    Overbooked a screening by 200-300 people leaving us all in the cold with nothing to show for it.

    David J. · March 1
  • Everyday

    Nice place, rude customer service.

    Everyday · February 26
  • Madeline Carol M.

    The National Theatre Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston was captivating. They announced that there will be another showing at the Music Box Theatre 03/09/2014 @ 11:30am. This showing sold out!

    Madeline Carol M. · February 16
  • Debra V.

    Awesome theater

    Debra V. · February 15
  • Crystal R.

    Interactive movies on the big screen. How awesome is that!

    Crystal R. · February 15
  • Jim H.

    Come see the Christmas Show!

    Jim H. · December 20, 2013
  • Demond E.

    Beautiful Indie movie theater! Wonderful decor

    Demond E. · August 2, 2013
  • Anya P.

    Don't miss the French film festival this week here :)

    Anya P. · July 27, 2013
  • StreetWise_CHI

    Russell Loveless (Badge #140) sells StreetWise near the Music Box Theatre on Sundays! Be on the look out for him!

    StreetWise_CHI · June 14, 2012
  • Rachel S.

    the sing-a-long for the Sound of Music was a great time. ;)

    Rachel S. · April 7, 2012
  • Grace

    ask for sriracha to put on your popcorn!

    Grace · February 27, 2012
  • Hannah ..

    check out the kinky or obscure films/performances "after midnight"

    Hannah .. · January 15, 2012

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