I don’t know about you, but I miss going to the movies. I miss the social setting, sure, but I really miss and crave that cinematic experience and the feeling of supporting independent art house theaters like Chicago’s one-and-only Music Box. As with most nonessential businesses, the Lakeview icon has been closed for weeks, and will remain shuttered at least through April 30 per Illinois’s shelter-at-home order. But there’s an exciting development that could serve as a way to support the Music Box and stay entertained in your house—it’s a win-win!
Even though you can’t attend a screening, the Music Box is providing viewing-at-home films for a small fee, which goes to support the theater and its employees during this time of closure and financial strife. And true to form, the movies are artsy, emotional, and deeply engaging, which sounds like precisely what we all need as a form of distraction right now.
The films available for watching online are:
The Whistlers, a riveting thriller about a police inspector who gets entangled in a messy, high-stakes heist.
Saint Frances, an uplifting Chicago-based dramedy about a 30-something woman in the city who snags a much-needed job as a nanny.
Bacurau, a modern riff on the Western genre, which won the coveted Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Additionally, the Music Box has a virtual musical experience available to help you pregame and provide more of that in-theater vibe, with its YouTube video of Dennis Scott playing the theater’s organ.
Another way to lend support to this seasoned institution is by perusing its online store, which is well stocked with nifty merch like glassware, mugs, and anniversary pins, along with gift cards that will come in handy hopefully sooner rather than later.