Edited excerpts from announcements:
From the Music Box: With the utmost concern for the safety of our wonderful guests and staff, we have made the difficult decision that the Music Box Theatre will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17.
We intend to reopen on Friday, April 3. All previously announced film screenings and events through that date have been canceled or postponed. We also anticipate additional changes will be made to our programming calendar.
We will share up-to-date information on our website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, as well as our email newsletter.
We have always appreciated the support of our dedicated audience, and it is our privilege to share acclaimed and diverse independent, international, documentary, contemporary and classic cinema with Chicago.
If you have already purchased tickets to an upcoming screening or event, you are eligible to receive a full refund, or you may also exchange your tickets for a pass that may be used for an upcoming screening or event.
Refunds and exchanges must be done over the phone by calling our box office line. Our box office will be open from noon-8pm on Mondays-Fridays, and can be reached at 773-871-6607, ext 2. We anticipate a high volume of calls during these times, so if you are unable to reach us on your first attempt, try calling back later or leaving us a voicemail, and we’ll return your call as soon as possible.
We know that many of you may be concerned about the well being of our staff during this time. We want to assure you that our dedicated box office managers, concessionaires, bartenders and projectionists will receive paid time off through April 2.
“I’ll Be Back”
CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY
While we would like nothing more than to show you “The Masque of the Red Death” right now, the Film Society is postponing all screenings through at least April 30.
We hope to reschedule all screenings in the future, when it will be safe and fun to gather with strangers in the dark again.
Please pass the word to any friends who may not be on our email list.
Thinking of all of you,
Becca, Kyle, Cameron, Rebecca and Julian
A Note from Our Executive Director, Karen Cardarelli: “We have decided to suspend operations of Facets Cinema and Video Store beginning March 16, 2020 and plan to reopen April 17, 2020. We recognize changes are unpredictable. Our by-mail video rental service for Facets members and our online store for DVD sales will remain open. Tapping into Facets’ inventory of thousands of classic, international and independent films can open a whole other world for you and help our nonprofit operation in this difficult time. Facets has always been a place for audiences, filmmakers and educators to come together to experience the power of film as a community. We will continue to keep some level of operation going as long as absolutely possible. Much of our staff is working remotely or onsite to keep operations going. We’ll monitor the needs and priorities of our staff and community. “
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.