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Music Box Theatre Now Serving Alcohol, Will Pair Drinks With Films

By Serena Dai | January 23, 2014 2:01pm
 Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., now offers alcohol.
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., now offers alcohol.
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LAKEVIEW — Independent movie lovers can now have a beer during films at the Music Box Theatre.

The historic theater known for its selection of local, independent and foreign film screenings, at 3733 N. Southport Ave., started serving beer and wine Wednesday night. 

The canned beers include mostly local craft brews, such as Goose Island's 312, Revolution Brewing's Anti-Hero IPA and Half Acre's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, according to a drink list. It's also selling Miller High Life, to "add some class," the theater joked on Twitter.

Prices range from $4 to $8, but the list will change to be paired with the films, said Dave Jennings, the theater's general manager.

Right now, the theater is showing "The Great Beauty," an Italian film that has been nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film. Accordingly, the theater is offering Italian wine. 

And when the Japanese film "Like Father Like Son" shows next week, Music Box will be selling canned Japanese sake and beers, Jennings said.

"It's going to be kind of a constantly rotating thing to match with the films," he said.

The theater is slowly rolling out more options as it increases refrigeration and service space, Jennings said. Eventually, it will serve hard liquor, too — most likely also from local distilleries.

Theater management has considered serving alcohol for about five years but didn't have time to make it happen, Jennings said. With the recent renovation of the "little" screening room, the theater decided to finally pursue it to help fund changes, Jennings said.

"It was time to pull the trigger," he said.