Bringing the Art House to Your House

Welcome to Music Box Direct, the digital platform of Music Box Theatre and the Music Box Films.

Music Box Theatre

Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre opened its doors in 1929 and has been showing movies on the big screen to passionate film lovers ever since. Over the years, the theater has become a beloved cultural institution dedicated to presenting an eclectic repertoire of films from around the world while cultivating a sense of community and shared experiences for local audiences. Unique programs presented annually include first-run engagements, classic repertory, film festivals, cult midnight movies, silent film matinees, family sing-a-longs, rare 35mm and 70mm screenings, and filmmaker Q&As

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Music Box Films

Established in 2007, Music Box Films grew organically out of our experience programming and operating the Music Box Theatre. Music Box Films' mission is to bring exciting, heartfelt, and thought-provoking alternatives to mainstream commercial entertainment to engaged film lovers across the country, both in theaters and at home. Music Box has distributed over 170 narrative films, documentaries, and television series in theaters and on home entertainment. Music Box titles have received 7 Academy Award nominations, including a win in 2015 for Pawel Pawlikowski's IDA (Best Foreign Language Film)

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Music Box Direct

The OTT streaming platform Music Box Direct launched in 2019 to expand the mission of both brands by bringing the Music Box Films' library and other art house films directly to the homes of movie lovers through two different streaming options:

  • Transactional-on-Demand (TVOD) - all films on the platform can be rented for 48 hours. No subscription is necessary. Some of the films available for TVOD viewing are referred to “Virtual Cinema.”
  • Subscription-on-Demand (SVOD): In addition to renting TVOD films, users who become subscribers get instant and unlimited access to a collection of films from the Music Box Films library.

Music Box Direct, Bringing the Art House to Your House

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