Music Box Theatre

3733 N. Southport Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60613

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Broan
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
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
MCHarper on June 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Broan: I found the August 30, 1928 article in the tribune archives http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1928/08/30/page/19 but I cant locate the October 28 article, do you have a link to it?

Broan
Broan on June 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

http://archive.org/stream/exhibitorsherald97unse#page/n727/mode/2up 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
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
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
DavidZornig on May 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

This article outlines the expansion plans for the Music Box.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140430/lakeview/music-box-add-lounge-tear-down-concession-stand-featured-curly-sue

Giles
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
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?

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Main auditorium: 2 Century JJs (35mm/70mm). NEC digital projector. 16mm Eastman projector. Small auditorium (Theatre 2): Barco digital projector. Two 35mm projectors recently installed. I don’t know what kind; I will try to find that out and post info later.

Giles
Giles on February 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

so the Music Box can show 35mm, 70mm and DCP on the main screen – right? what type of projector do they have?

GFeret
GFeret on November 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

MB bulletin: crystal ball foresees screen #3

humor aside there’s news the theatre is expanding by purchasing the north adjacent property, ostensibly for the purpose of building a third auditorium in the existing building there. the sale just closed i think

RickB
RickB on May 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The second screening room will be closed for nearly a month for renovations. Add: a much larger screen and digital capability. Subtract: 28 seats, reducing the seating capacity to 70. Story at DNAinfo.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 1, 2012 at 6:32 am

Saw Vertigo here in 2005; auditorium is lovely. And took a peek at the mini-cinema, which is wildy decorated like an outdoor garden (I think). It was great to a see a 100 seat “atmospheric.”

matthew1964
matthew1964 on July 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm

excellent i will visit the theater,,it sounds very interesting,,and nostalgic

camillecat
camillecat on September 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Interesting! Thanks for the info. Maybe it was someone/something else….I mean so many people (living and now dead) have come through that space…

HughJazz
HughJazz on August 31, 2010 at 1:08 am

My father is the reputed “ghost” known as “Whitey” who reportedly “haunts” the Music Box. The Music Box Theatre’s website tells about him. A few years ago, I visited the Music Box with my teenage daughter to check things out. The employees we spoke to were all familiar with “Whitey”, and had many questions about him for me. The manager invited us to explore the theatre. We walked all around inside, but “Whitey” never made his appearance known to us. He and my mother, who worked as cashier at the Music Box until my fathers death in 1977, are buried in Graceland Cemetery.

camillecat
camillecat on August 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Just saw Cropsey at the Music Box! I felt a strange presence in the front right hand corner of the theatre and there was a strange seat light flickering in a way that seemed inexplicable throughout most of the film. There were also some weird sounds over there, even though that area remained vacant. I thought about asking a staff person if a ghost lived in the theater, but didn’t. Now that I have come online and see that a ghost does in fact hang out at the theatre I am intruiged. I have been to old theatres before, by myself and not noticed anything like this. Has anyone noticed/felt the ghost?? If so, where and what did you feel, see or hear?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Foreign films on some days, art films on others. They are soon to start a Film Noir series in August I believe.
It’s always an eclectic line up of films at the Music Box.

0123456789
0123456789 on July 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I just went to the Music Box Theatre Yesterday, and they are now showing forign films there.

CharlesR
CharlesR on May 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Hello, gentle readers.
I am a graduate student writing a recent (since 1970) history of the Music Box Theatre. I am looking for people who have firsthand experience attending or working at the Music Box prior to 1983. Maybe this is a longshot, but if anyone is or knows a possible source, please contact me here or at Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated.