Noir City returns for 10th run at the Music Box

In mid-August,
The Music Box Theatre
will be screening a series
of noir films, accompanied
by special guests and features


This weekend, Noir City: Chicago celebrates its 10th anniversary! From August 17th-23rd, the Music Box will be joined by Eddie Muller, host of TCM’s Noir Alley, and Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation, as they present a week of private dicks, femme fatales, dirty double-crosses, and crimes gone wrong.

On Opening Night at 7pm, writer-director Carl Franklin will appear in person for to present his ’90s neo-noir Devil in a Blue Dress starring Denzel Washington, followed by a conversation with Eddie Muller.

Then at 9:45pm on Friday, Mr. Franklin will introduce his earlier film, One False Move starring Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton, which Roger Ebert praised as “A great film – one of the best of the year – and announces the arrival of a gifted director, Carl Franklin.”

Other Noir City: Chicago highlights include:

A brand new 35MM Restoration of The Man Who Cheated on Himself starring Lee J. Cobb, courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive

Spencer Tracy in his only noir role, in John Sturges’ The People Against O’Hara

Noir titans Humphrey Bogart and Sidney Greenstreet playing against type in Conflict, with Bogart as a scheming wife-killer and Greenstreet as the hero on his trail

The Blue Dahlia, from the only original screenplay by legendary writer Raymond Chandler

Two films from our recent Weekend Matinees subject, director Michael Curtiz: The Scarlet Hour and The Unsuspected

A new digital restoration of I Walk Alone, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas

Click here for the Noir City: Chicago full schedule, festival passes and advance tickets.

Two of our essential cult films are back this weekend at Midnight, with Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room on Friday and musical sci-fi The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday. You can also catch encore screenings of the ‘80s teen horror throwback Summer of ’84 on both nights.

Our Staff Pick Matinees continue this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, as our projectionist Justin presents Nicholas Ray’s feminist Western Johnny Guitar, starring Joan Crawford & Sterling Hayden. Presented on 35MM.

Also this week, catch daily screenings of the shocking documentaries Three Identical Strangers and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.

Next Monday, Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream gets updated to present-day LA in the critically-acclaimed new film adaptation from Casey Wilder Mott.

Finally, The 70MM Film Festival returns in 1 month! From September 14th-27th, catch our most varied festival yet, with a brand new 70MM print of Lawrence of Arabia, 50th Anniversary screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and genre favorites from the 1980s including The Dark Crystal, The Thing, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Click here for the full schedule of The 70MM Film Festival.

See you at the movies!