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Christmas Classics Series


Join us for classic Christmas movies this holiday season at the North Bend Theatre. Films, dates and times can be found below.

Admission is $5.00 per person for all films.


 

Monday December 18

The Polar Express (G)

5:00 PM

Director Robert Zemeckis revolutionized the art of animated film in 1998's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT by dropping cartoon characters into the same frame with flesh-and-blood actors. In THE POLAR EXPRESS, live action and animation have merged seamlessly, resulting in sparkling super-realism. A landmark technique Zemeckis and his Sony Pictures Imageworks team call "Performance Capture" perfectly suits the tenor of this wondrous children's Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg. A disillusioned little boy, just old enough to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, has the adventure of a lifetime one fateful Christmas Eve. Clad in his pajamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks who starred in both of Zemeckis's Academy-Award winning films FORREST GUMP and CASTAWAY). Among myriad jaw-dropping moments, the train plummets brakeless through crystalline mountains in a simulated roller coaster ride. Going off the rails, skidding sideways, and snaking violently across a frozen lake, the train arrives at the North Pole (a vast, glowing city of brick buildings). At that moment, the car carrying the kids detaches and they're sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santa's Workshop. With its fascinating tale and impressive technical frolics, THE POLAR EXPRESS is destined to become both a holiday classic and a new turning point in the art of animated cinema.

1 hr, 40 min, Rated G

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Tuesday December 19

Double Feature!

5:00 PM

 
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Christmas has been cancelled! Or, at least it will be if Santa Clause can't find a way to guide his sleigh through a fierce blizzard. Fortunately for him, there's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Shunned by the other reindeer because of his glowing nose, Rudolph becomes a hero when he guides Santa through the storm and enables him to deliver Christmas presents to all.

47 min, RATED TV-G

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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

In The Year Without a Santa Claus, weary St. Nick (voiced by Mickey Rooney) foregoes his gift-giving journey, leaving Mrs. Claus (Shirley Booth) and two spunky elves to reawaken the Christmas spirit in Santa and the world's children.

51 min, NOT RATED

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Wednesday December 20

Double Feature!

5:00 PM

 
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Frosty the Snowman (1969) & Frosty Returns (1992)

Frosty the Snowman: When Frosty the Snowman comes to life, he must weather a storm of adventures and the dastardly plans of an evil magician before he can find safety and happiness at the North Pole.

Frosty Returns: Join John Goodman in the tuneful winter adventure of a little girl named Holly and her very special friend—Frosty the Snowman! When a power-hungry tycoon invents a new product that will eliminate snow, Holly has to convince the people of Beansboro to save the magical winter dust—and Frosty!

59 min, RATED TV-G

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

Where does Santa's suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world's most famous gift giver.

48 min, NOT RATED

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Thursday December 21

A Christmas Story (1983)

5:00 PM

Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940's.

1 hr, 35 min, RATED PG

 
 

Friday December 22

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

5:00 PM

Kris Kringle--unbeknownst to cynical, market-minded adults, the real Santa Claus--is hired to play himself at Macy's Department Store, New York City. His gentle, joyous spirit and magical powers soon transform those around him, including a little girl and her world-weary mother. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor--Edmund Gwenn.

1 hr, 47 min, NOT RATED

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Saturday December 23

White Christmas (1954)

5:00 PM

Director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA, CAPTAIN BLOOD, MILDRED PIERCE) changes directions with this holiday classic. Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. The film includes a veritable treasury of Irving Berlin classics: "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and of course "White Christmas." Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are a joy to watch. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep".)

2 hrs, NOT RATED

 
 

Sunday December 24

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

2:30 PM

A good but slightly ineffectual man tries to off himself after an error that really wasn't his fault. In Christmas Carol fashion, his crusty-but-lovable guardian angel shows up to give him a tour of the world without his presence, and it isn't a pretty place. Moral courage, small-town American life, civic cooperation, and family love are glorified; corporate greed and self-involvement are vilified; at the climax, a blanket of snow like spun sugar makes everything pure and clean like redemption itself.

2 hrs, 49 min, NOT RATED

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