Music Box StreamLocal FAQ

What is Music Box StreamLocal?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on independent art house cinemas around the country, we launched Music Box StreamLocal, a virtual art house theater to encourage audiences to continue supporting their local ‘brick and mortar’ cinemas. StreamLocal splits the profits 50/50 between Music Box and your local art house, so by streaming films on StreamLocal, you’re directly supporting your neighborhood movie theater. (Thanks!)

Why should I purchase a pass? 

If you’re reading this, the theatrical experience of watching a film on the big screen is important to you. Music Box StreamLocal is a way to support the institutions that make that theatrical experience possible while the local theaters remain dark to promote public health and safety. 

What happens when I purchase a pass? 

When you buy a pass, you’ll be directly supporting independent and foreign language film and your local art house filmmakers and your local art house. All revenue is being shared between the distributor and the exhibitor, just as it would be if you were buying a ticket to see the film on the big screen. By providing additional revenue to your local art house, you’re also helping to make sure that we can all watch films on the big screen again soon.

How can I watch films on StreamLocal? 

You can watch on your computer, phone, or tablet or on a bigger screen with Chromecast, a Smart TV, Roku, or Apple TV*. Once you create an account and rent your film for $12, you’ll be able to access the film for 48 hours. You’ll sign-in to your new Music Box Direct account to watch your film on Music Box StreamLocal, but no monthly or annual subscription is required to watch StreamLocal films.

*To watch on Roku or Apple TV, create a Music Box Direct account and purchase a pass to watch . Then, download the Music Box Direct app on your Roku and sign in. Go to the “menu,” and select “My Library,” where you should see your rental.

I am having trouble getting the video player to work on my browser.

We have been experiencing some capability issues with Safari. If you are receiving an error message in the video player while on Safari, we recommend switching to another browser like Google Chrome and/or clearing your browser history before trying to watch again.

Why do I create a Music Box Direct account to watch films on StreamLocal? 

Music Box Direct is the streaming service of Music Box Films. You’re creating an account to prevent any potential piracy and limit the availability of the film to audiences who would typically have enjoyed the film in the theater. There are monthly and yearly subscription plans available for the full Music Box Direct catalog, but your rentals on Music Box StreamLocal are a one time, non-recurring payment of $12. 

What if I don’t see my theater on the list?

Good question! Music Box StreamLocal has been created specifically to alleviate the financial pressures individual art house cinemas are currently experiencing. These are unusual times and we’re constantly expanding and updating our response to the current situation. Profits from your purchase are split between Music Box and the theater, so please refrain from sharing the link beyond your own local theater’s community! 

Don’t see your theater? Feel free to get in touch with them directly about this offer. If you’re representing a theater that is interested in booking available titles on Music Box StreamLocal, contact Kyle Westphal at

What else can I watch on Music Box StreamLocal?

Currently, Music Box StreamLocal is only screening AND THEN WE DANCED, EATING UP EASTER, and AN ENGINEER IMAGINES in partnership with art house cinemas around the country. However, if you’re interested in having access to Music Box Direct’s entire catalog (including TRANSIT, IDA, THE GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO, and MERU)  you can always try out our free 7-day trial or subscribe for a monthly ($4.99) or annual subscription ($49.99). 

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