Music Box Theatre

3733 N. Southport Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60613

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RickB on June 4, 2024 at 8:28 am

Main auditorium will be closed August 12-September 5 for renovations, including new seats. Block Club Chicago story here.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on October 2, 2023 at 4:47 am

I added a newspaper ad in the photo section of the Chicago newspaper ad for THE DRAGON LIVES; a kung fu movie that appears to be the last movie at the Music Box Theatre before closing. Friday, November 24, 1978. It more than likely was playing on a double feature; however, the Music Box did not advertise in the Chicago Tribune during its final year of operation before becoming an Arab-operated business.

DavidZornig on August 6, 2023 at 9:45 am

Reopened 40 years ago yesterday, August 5, 1983. Photos added credit Anne Cusack, Chicago Tribune.

DavidZornig on October 13, 2022 at 7:43 am

Chicago International Film Festival logo projected on the facade of the Music Box, October 12, 2022. Credit Robert Loerzel on Twitter.

DavidZornig on March 7, 2021 at 9:08 am

TimeOut Magazine named Music Box one of the 50 most beautiful cinemas on the planet.

DavidZornig on February 18, 2019 at 11:56 am

Flickr link with a 1970’s black marquee photo.

Alan Bell
Alan Bell on July 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm

The new marquee was created by Landmark Sign Group of Chesterton, Indiana. Art director was Jerry Lefere. Senior Technical Engineer was Terry Ambrosini. Many of the zinc castings were supplied by W. F. Norman Corp. of Nevada, Missouri and were identical to the originals. The center urn and scrolls were salvaged from the original marquee and reinstalled on the new structure.

DavidZornig on February 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Still works for me. You have to left click to highlight, and right click to Open Link in New Tab or New Window.

DavidZornig on February 3, 2018 at 10:54 am

Link to news story about the new marquee with video.

HowardBHaas on June 19, 2017 at 3:54 am

Yes, and many other films in 70mm in this year’s festival. Hook. Sleeping Beauty. Top Gun. The Agony and the Ecstasy. Spartacus. Interstellar. Lord Jim. West Side Story. Short Cuts. Kong: Skull Island. Top Gun. West Side Story.

Trolleyguy on June 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm

The Music Box will be showing “2001:A Space Odyssey” in 70mm June 30-July 6.

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 7:32 am

This opened on August 5th, 1983. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section. No ad found on August 22nd, 1929.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2016 at 1:09 am

Haven’t been here in years. But my memory is that the concession stand was designed to blend with the lobby design. Hopefully whatever they put in during this renovation fits just as well.

Broan on June 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

It also looks like Louis I. Simon was really more of a structural engineer so Edward Steinborn may deserve more credit as design architect.

Broan on June 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Must have been a typo, it was actually August 21. It’s not in that archive – not a complete archive – but I’ve posted it in the photos section.

MCHarper on June 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Broan: I found the August 30, 1928 article in the tribune archives but I cant locate the October 28 article, do you have a link to it?

Broan on June 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm Very interesting article and original blueprints

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

MCHarper: In this comment from 2005, Cinema Treasures contributor Broan cites two 1928 Tribune items naming Louis I. Simon as the architect.

Broan on June 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Yes, the concession area is now on the opposite side of the lobby than before and is now more of a counter

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

I just read the article about the renovations. I can’t tell from the photos if the concession area has been redesigned, etc…

MCHarper on June 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Can someone help me clear up the confusion over Louis I. Simon (not A) being the architect of the Music Box? and where can I go to get documentation?

DavidZornig on May 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

This article outlines the expansion plans for the Music Box.

Giles on February 21, 2014 at 6:46 am

got some more info via facebook from the theater – Eastman ‘25’ projector for 16mm playback. Kinoton FP-20 for 35mm projection in the second auditorium. The NEC projector is not 3D capable. No word on if a 7.1 movie could be played back as such though.

Giles on February 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

can the NEC do 3D projection? obviously there are five speakers (plus subwoofer) for 70mm features, but can they playback newer 7.1 discrete mixed films?