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Music Box Theatre

Indie Movie Theater and Movie Theater
Lakeview, Chicago
  • The folks at Explore Chicago and Time Out Chicago like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Matt D.
    "Quite simply the best movie theater in Chicago."(2 Tips)
    Explore Chicago
    "... the time, as well as silent films. The theater still boasts a working organ..."(2 Tips)
    Ross W. B.
    "Miss a Midnight Movie and be very dissapointed"(2 Tips)
    Oh word?
    "Monday Special: $5 Admission and buy one, get one popcorn and soda!"(7 Tips)
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  • Tim O.
    Tim O'BryanOctober 14
    Great spot for traditional theater vibe with great drinks! Sound system isn’t bad, but acoustics muddle modern surround mixes.
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedySeptember 5
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a beautiful beer garden in back of the lounge that nobody knows about.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerMay 21
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite simply the best movie theater in Chicago. Great programming, even better atmosphere. The best place in Chicago for true movie lovers.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertDecember 11, 2016
    Sing carols with Santa!
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzFebruary 3, 2016
    Cocktails. And really great selection of interesting movies. :)
  • Chris A.
    Chris AlgerJanuary 7, 2016
    lovely comfy old theatre -saw the extremely gory Tarantino film (Hateful 8) at this theatre. Easy to buy tix online and good location
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertDecember 19, 2015
    Come in December for a special screening of White Christmas or It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 1, 2015
    Architecture, popcorn, independent movies
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockSeptember 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this old theater inside and out! The drinks from the lounge are strong but good and themed to the movies. Check it out!
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezAugust 17, 2015
    Movies, music. Good for dates
  • Brian K.
    Brian KoppeMay 29, 2015
    Great variety of independent and cult cinema
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffMarch 24, 2015
    If you want to experience the classic movie going experience, this is the place you need to go.
  • Hakan D.
    Hakan DamariturkFebruary 22, 2015
    Nice place..u should see
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittJanuary 23, 2015
    Keep an eye out for the rotating list of classic movies here.
  • Shelley J.
    Shelley JDecember 14, 2014
    White Christmas at the Music Box! ♡♡♡
  • David C.
    David CurielNovember 29, 2014
    Surprisingly interesting selection of films to view in a non mainstream theatre.
  • Douglas Fir Productions
    Douglas Fir ProductionsOctober 14, 2014
  • T C.
    T CallahanSeptember 26, 2014
    Very reasonably priced for a classic movie theatre experience. Cool special events too.
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RecendezSeptember 23, 2014
    Great place to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Check out their website for dates and times
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohSeptember 18, 2014
    The architecture is wonderful and charming.
  • steven v.
    steven vargasSeptember 11, 2014
    I love the 72mm film festival. So cool...
  • Olga G.
    Olga GonzalezAugust 17, 2014
  • Léo L.
    Léo Le BrunAugust 12, 2014
    Bring some empanadas in! Get them two doors up at El Mercado for $1 a piece
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    A gem on the Northside. See a midnight movie before you move away. The staff is friendly, and the films they play always please.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    This historic theater, which first opened in 1929, features an unbeatable lineup of independent and foreign films in addition to frequently hosting one-of-a-kind talks, film festivals and screenings. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The variety of programming at the Music Box is unmatched in the city, afforded in no small part by the the house's unique ability to project just about every kind of film you want, from 16mm to 70mm. Read more
  • Doug V.
    Doug Van DamApril 24, 2014
    Loved the movie and the interior of the Theater is wonderful! Sit upfront the screen isn't that big.
    ✞CONSTANTINE ✞March 27, 2014
    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...
  • Everyday
    EverydayMarch 2, 2014
    Very picturesque display; customer service could be better.
  • David J.
    David JohnsonMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Overbooked a screening by 200-300 people leaving us all in the cold with nothing to show for it.
  • Everyday
    EverydayFebruary 26, 2014
    Nice place, rude customer service.
  • Madeline Carol M.
    Madeline Carol MatzFebruary 16, 2014
    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!
  • Debra V.
    Debra VaccaroFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome theater
  • Misstrevor
    MisstrevorFebruary 15, 2014
    Interactive movies on the big screen. How awesome is that!
  • Jim H.
    Jim HuiselDecember 20, 2013
    Come see the Christmas Show!
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LeeperAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Saw A Fist Full of Dynamite/Duck, You Sucker at the matinee today.
  • Demond D E.
    Demond D EdwardsAugust 2, 2013
    Beautiful Indie movie theater! Wonderful decor
  • Anya P.
    Anya PratskevichJuly 27, 2013
    Don't miss the French film festival this week here :)
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 1, 2013
    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.
  • T H.
    T HFebruary 19, 2013
    If you want to live out your horror movie fears, use their bathroom. I dare you.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Genre nerds take note - amazing weekend midnight films all year long!
  • Julie F.
    Julie FeketeJanuary 5, 2013
    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.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BrandywineDecember 15, 2012
    Best Indy cinema in the Midwest!
  • Corinne
    CorinneDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in Chicago.
  • Topshop
    TopshopJune 19, 2012
    You won't find a lovelier place to watch Indie or classic Hollywood films.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    For old-time charm and movies that aren't the usual blockbusters, no place beats the Music Box.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StrayhallApril 7, 2012
    the sing-a-long for the Sound of Music was a great time. ;)
  • Natalie
    NatalieMarch 1, 2012
    Tip the Asian guy well, he has quadruplets at home.
  • Grace
    GraceFebruary 27, 2012
    ask for sriracha to put on your popcorn!
  • Araceli A.
    Araceli ArroyoFebruary 4, 2012
    Best place for Indy-films
  • Hannah ..
    Hannah ...January 15, 2012
    check out the kinky or obscure films/performances "after midnight"
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 13, 2012
    This indie theater serves all-natural Lake Champlain chocolate bars straight from the green mountains of Vermont. The sinful flavors include milk, dark and milk chocolate caramel.
  • C B.
    C BNovember 12, 2011
    Check to see which theatre your film is in. The small theatre (#2) is super tiny. Theatre #1 is huge.
  • Julian G.
    Julian GrantOctober 23, 2011
    Simply the best repertory showcase in the country. Wide selection of classic, cult and new films here. A not-to-be-missed event in town.
  • Jaclyn K.
    Jaclyn KSeptember 19, 2011
    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
  • Nate R.
    Nate RacklyeftSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    See a midnight showing!
  • Maureen
    MaureenAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    $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.
  • shafran s.
    shafran shafiAugust 4, 2011
    dance and shout
  • Racked C.
    Racked ChicagoMay 28, 2011
    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
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OttApril 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Oh word?
    Oh word?April 12, 2011
    Monday Special: $5 Admission and buy one, get one popcorn and soda!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 28, 2011
    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
  • Riley B.
    Riley BandyDecember 17, 2010
    Not cash only. Great premiers and festivals here. Check out julius meinl a block south for a quick bite before the movie.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Room. Midnight. Do it!
  • Deden P.
    Deden PerdanaNovember 14, 2010
    Nice mucic
  • Deden P.
    Deden PerdanaNovember 14, 2010
    Very nice music
  • Carly P.
    Carly PribylJuly 14, 2010
    Snacks are still reasonably priced here; splurge for the big popcorn!
  • Ross W. B.
    Ross W. Berman IVMay 30, 2010
    Miss a Midnight Movie and be very dissapointed
  • Dave
    DaveMay 12, 2010
    Follow us on Twitter @musicboxtheatre where we give away free tix and gift certificates Read more
  • Dave
    DaveMay 6, 2010
    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
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubinApril 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    See a silent film with music accompaniment played on the original 1929 organ.
  • Edina N.
    Edina NikovicApril 3, 2010
    Watch classic films
  • Seth M.
    Seth MontagueMarch 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the popcorn with butter in the middle and on top. Best Ever!!! Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    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
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    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
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    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
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    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
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    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
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SAugust 17, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Attend a Sound Opinions Movie Night. Kot & DeRo represent.
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