The Music Box Theatre is a Chicago landmark located 3733 N. Southport Avenue and for the last two decades has been a premiere venue for independent and foreign films, audience sing-a-longs, holiday shows and a silent cinema program with live organ accompaniment. More recently the Music Box has taken the lead in partnering with various film festivals including the Chicago French Film Festival and the Chicago Film Critics Film Festival. Built in 1929 the Music Box Theatre has retained its original architecture and design including the dark blue ceiling with the twinkling stars and rolling clouds in its 700+ seat theater. Just last month the theater added wine and beer to its concession offerings which will certainly add a new element to the viewing experience.
There are many dining options near the theater including Cullen’s Bar and Grill which offers a 15% discount with a festival ticket stub. Southport has metered parking that ends at 9PM and there is free parking on Ashland Avenue (two blocks west of the theater) and there is also valet parking at the Mercury Theater and Deleece Restaurant both on Southport.
The Gallery Theatre, located at 1112 N. Milwaukee Avenue just south of Division, is a beautiful and intimate space to watch films. Originally built as a bank in 1920, the theater is now home to the Polish Film Festival in America, the International Documentary Film Festival and the Society for Arts. Throughout the year the Society presents an eclectic array of foreign films by promising new filmmakers and art exhibits that range from painting and sculpture to three dimensional and are often accompanied by gallery talks, lectures and workshops. With stadium seating for 70 and a lovely reception area the Gallery Theater provides the perfect space for experiencing film with after screening Q & A’s, music and gatherings .
Milwaukee Avenue has metered parking until 10PM on the west side with free parking on the east side. The Milwaukee CTA Bus # 56 stops at Milwaukee & Thomas Street (on request) and the subway’s Blue Line stops at Milwaukee and Division. There are a number of restaurants and a coffee shop, just steps away from the theater, with many more dining options along Milwaukee and Division.
The Society for Arts
1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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