The Music Box Theater

The Music Box

Along with the INUIT, the Music Box is the youngest permanent Elysium site in Chicago. It’s very addition remains controversial, given some Elder’s still think of film as unrefined or to a select few nothing more than a temporary fad. It’s Keeper is Susan Gish, a young Ancillae who was a silent film actress who was embraced shortly before L.A eclipsed Chicago as the film center of the world.

Still it is apparent why, if any movie theater would be chosen as Elysium, The Music Box Theater was. A mish mash of various architectural styles, but somehow remains unschizophrenic. The main screen boasts a ceiling mimicking roaming clouds and twinkling stars with it’s lights. Faux gardens and Renaissance burrows and statues line the old gallery boxes and aisles. It’s built deeper rather than wide, letting the acoustics of the place work naturally. Off to the left of the screen is simple a organ that often plays before a screening of a film or during it if it’s a silent film or otherwise ‘special’ in that regard. It’s less of a theater and more of museum of film. Maybe even a church for worshipers of film.

The Music Box Theater

Shadows of the Ivory Tower PaulCartwright