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Music Box Theatre

Indie Movie Theater and Movie Theater
Lakeview, Chicago
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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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  • theater in chicago
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deden P.
    Deden PerdanaNovember 14, 2010
    Nice mucic
  • Grace
    GraceFebruary 27, 2012
    ask for sriracha to put on your popcorn!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezAugust 17, 2015
    Movies, music. Good for dates
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BrandywineDecember 15, 2012
    Best Indy cinema in the Midwest!
  • T H.
    T HFebruary 19, 2013
    If you want to live out your horror movie fears, use their bathroom. I dare you.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KoppeMay 29, 2015
    Great variety of independent and cult cinema
  • Edina N.
    Edina NikovicApril 3, 2010
    Watch classic films
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StrayhallApril 7, 2012
    the sing-a-long for the Sound of Music was a great time. ;)
  • Olga G.
    Olga GonzalezAugust 17, 2014
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 15
    ✞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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Now serving beer, wine and mixed drinks. Nice selection of local beers.
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Look for a cocktail lounge space opening on February 11, 2015.
  • Shelley J.
    Shelley JDecember 14, 2014
    White Christmas at the Music Box! ♡♡♡
  • Araceli A.
    Araceli ArroyoFebruary 4, 2012
    Best place for Indy-films
  • Hakan D.
    Hakan DamariturkFebruary 22, 2015
    Nice place..u should see
  • steven v.
    steven vargasSeptember 11, 2014
    I love the 72mm film festival. So cool...
  • 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!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Room. Midnight. Do it!
  • 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
  • Topshop
    TopshopJune 19, 2012
    You won't find a lovelier place to watch Indie or classic Hollywood films.
  • 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.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HuiselDecember 20, 2013
    Come see the Christmas Show!
  • 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.
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RecendezSeptember 23, 2014
    Great place to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Check out their website for dates and times
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittJanuary 23, 2015
    Keep an eye out for the rotating list of classic movies here.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Anya P.
    Anya PratskevichJuly 27, 2013
    Don't miss the French film festival this week here :)
  • 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.
  • Natalie
    NatalieMarch 1, 2012
    Tip the Asian guy well, he has quadruplets at home.
  • Debra V.
    Debra VaccaroFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome theater
  • 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
  • Jim W.
    Jim WFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Genre nerds take note - amazing weekend midnight films all year long!
  • Everyday
    EverydayFebruary 26, 2014
    Nice place, rude customer service.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubinApril 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    See a silent film with music accompaniment played on the original 1929 organ.
  • 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
  • Douglas Fir Productions
    Douglas Fir ProductionsOctober 14, 2014
  • Corinne
    CorinneDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in Chicago.
  • David C.
    David CurielNovember 29, 2014
    Surprisingly interesting selection of films to view in a non mainstream theatre.
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