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Music Box offers fourth of July fun plus x-tra special screenings

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in America, Chicago’s Music Box Theatre will screen Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night from Friday, July 4 through Thursday, July 10. In addition to the title song, the iconic film features “All My Loving,” “And I Love Her,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Tell Me Why” performed by the Fab Four.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (July 5-6), the theater will show Busby Berkeley’s classic musical 42nd Street starring Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Bebe Daniels, and George Brent as part of its Weekend Matinee series.

A special advance screening of Rob Reiner’s new film And So It Goes starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9. Co-presented with the New York Film Critics Series®, the screening includes a 
pretaped interview conducted by Rolling Stone Magazine film critic Peter Travers.

While Rosemont hosts the Exxxotica Expo on July 11, Sexcula stops at Music Box during its 40th anniversary world tour. The illegally-funded adult film from 1974 will be screened in a Porno Chic party atmosphere hosted by the Bijou Theater and Bijou World Video for the 18-and-over crowd at midnight.

Additional midnight movies scheduled include the following:

JULY 4-5

Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron, 137m, 35mm

JULY 11-12

Mean Girls (2004) directed by Mark Waters, 97m, DCP — 10th anniversary!

JULY 18-19 

Labyrinth (1986) 
directed by Jim Henson, 101m, DCP

JULY 25-26
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
 directed by John Carpenter, 99m, 35mm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze (1991)
 directed by Michael Pressman, 88m, 35mm


Mallrats (1995)
 directed by Kevin Smith, 94m, 35mm


Midnight Madness presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
 directed by Jim Sharman

AUGUST 22-23

Mulholland Drive (2001) 
directed by David Lynch, 147m, 35mm

AUGUST 29-30

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) directed by Eric Randomski and Bruce W. Timm, 76m, 35mm

All screenings take place at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on N. Southport Avenue. For showtimes, call 773-871-6604. For additional information, visit

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