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Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival
Friday, June 30th, 2017 To Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: From the festival web site Date: 24.05.2017
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The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you a two week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

Almost since the advent of film there have been variations of 70mm film used to capture visual clarity unequalled in 35mm filming. As 70mm films became popular in the 1940’s through the 1980’s most were filmed in 65mm with the remaining 5mm devoted to sound. Due to the costs of 70mm film few films were ever shot in this large format, and following their initial release many of them were also released in 35mm to facilitate wide release. Other films were shot in 35mm and “blown up” top 70mm to facilitate more sound information. When DTS sound and Dolby Surround were introduced to cinemas, 70mm (and auditoriums devoted to 70mm) all but disappeared. The result: few people have had the chance to see true 70mm presentation.

70mm is a format that allows for more information and more visual clarity than its 35mm counterpart. There is a depth to the image that is unlike 35mm, and certainly very different from digital projection. Over the past several years the film industry has moved away from film in favor of digital projection. Film, in any format, is expensive to use for production and replication. For the first time since the advent of sound, cinemas have had to make a major change in their projection capabilities, making the number of auditoriums outfitted for 35mm or 70mm film projection very few.

The Music Box Theatre is committed to film presentation in any and all formats available and is one of the very few cinemas in the United States able to screen 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and almost all digital formats. It is with this capability that in this very special series we proudly present to Chicago these nine films as examples of 70mm film. All of these films were filmed in 65mm and will be presented the way their makers intended.

To honour our commitment to film projection, the Music Box is very pleased to have commissioned a brand new 70mm DTS print of "2OO1: A Space Odyssey" from Warner Brothers, produced at Fotokem, the last full service 65/70mm lab in the United States. We've often hyped rare film screenings as the last ever time a print may screen, but we're very happy to say we can guarantee 2OO1 will have a home in 70mm in Chciago for the forseeable future. See it for the first time, or the thirtieth!
More in 70mm reading:

Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival 2013

70mm Retro - Festivals and Screenings

Chicago's Music Box Theater's 70mm Film Festival

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Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613

The Program

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Fri, jun 30th
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 7:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 10:15pm

Sat, jul 1st
Hook 12:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 3:15pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 7:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 10:15pm

Sun, jul 2nd
Hook 12:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 3:15pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 7:00pm

Mon, jul 3rd
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 2:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 6:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 9:30pm

Tue, jul 4th
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 2:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 6:00pm

Wed, jul 5th
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 4:30pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 8:00pm

Thu, jul 6th
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 7:00pm
2OO1: A Space Odyssey 10:15pm

Fri, jul 7th
Sleeping Beauty 7:00pm
Top Gun 9:30pm

Sat, jul 8th
Sleeping Beauty 12:00pm
The Agony and the Ecstasy 2:30pm
Spartacus 6:00pm

Sun, jul 9th
Lord Jim 12:00pm
West Side Story 4:00pm
Short Cuts 8:00pm

Mon, jul 10th
Lord Jim 2:30pm
Sleeping Beauty 7:00pm
Kong: Skull Island 9:15pm

Tue, jul 11th
Kong: Skull Island 4:00pm
The Agony and the Ecstasy 7:30pm

Wed, jul 12th
Top gun 4:30pm
West side story 7:30pm

Thu, jul 13th
Spartacus 2:30pm
Interstellar 7:30pm


2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - $14 GA/$11 Music Box Members and Kids

All Other 70mm Titles - $12 GA/$9 Music Box Members and Kids

70mm Festival Pass - $75/$60 Music Box Members

Member Tickets and Festival Passes now on sale

General Admission Tickets and Festival Passes go on sale Friday, May 26th at Noon
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