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Chicago, find out what it means to be young with Streets Of Fire on 70mm

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Every once in a while, we like to give our fellow Chicagoans the opportunity to come see a midnight movie at the Music Box, courtesy of our friends at The Front Row. This week, we’ve got another hot one: A special screening of Walter Hill’s under-appreciated 1984 rock ‘n’ roll musical Streets Of Fire, presented in an exceedingly rare 70mm print so you can fully appreciate all the fine details of Willem Dafoe’s rubber overalls.

Ambitious, eclectic, and kind of weird, Streets Of Fire was a box-office flop when it was first released, but has since experienced something of a renaissance. Romantic hero Michael Paré has all the charisma of a dish towel, but the rest of the cast—which includes Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Bill Paxton, Lee Ving, and Ed Begley, Jr. as well as Dafoe—makes up for it, as does Jim Steinman’s typically bombastic soundtrack—which includes the timeless wedding-reception classic “I Could Dream About You”—and the stylized ‘80s-does-’50s fantasy cityscape.


We’re giving away tickets to this weekend’s midnight showings of Streets Of Fire at the Music Box, co-presented by The Front Row and Chicago-based film site Daily Grindhouse. To enter to win yours, just email us at avcontests@theonion.com with the subject line “Streets.” We’ll draw winners tomorrow, Friday, November 17, at 3 p.m. CT, handing out two pairs of tickets that’ll be good for the midnight shows on the nights of either November 17 or 18.

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