Blondie (4/13/10)

As a teenager growing up on the north side of Chicago, I spent many an afternoon and evening holed up inside the Music Box Theater, a beautifully restored movie palace that played foreign films, independent fare, and classics from old Hollywood. The feature attractions were screened in a large theater, complete with red curtains and small lights in the ceiling that doubled for stars. But there was also another, much smaller, theater tucked into the corner of the building. Its screen was no larger than the one in today’s Blondie, which seems ridiculous in an era of IMAX and stadium seating. But the screen more than made up for its diminutive size by playing host to some of the giants of world cinema. There may be bigger screens (hell, there may be bigger TVs), but given the quality of the films that played there, the small theater at the Music Box still looms large in my mind.

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