Double Feature

It’s A Wonderful Life

A Christmas Story

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It’s A Wonderful Life

After a lifetime of helping others, it’s George Bailey (James Stewart) who now needs saving. Clarence (Henry Travers), a prospective guardian angel, descends from Heaven to intervene in George’s potential suicide after he’s pushed to the brink of personal ruin. Having witnessed all of the heroic and charitable acts he has accomplished over the course of his life, Clarence transports George to an alternate timeline in which he never existed, and he subsequently realizes the impact his actions had on both his family and community. With a renewed sense of self-worth and duty to his loved ones, George must go find what awaits him back home with the firm appreciation that It’s a Wonderful Life.

“Director Capra’s inventiveness, humor and affection for human beings keep it glowing with life and excitement.” – TIME Magazine

“What is remarkable about It’s a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it’s one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age. Some movies, even good ones, should only be seen once. When we know how they turn out, they’ve surrendered their mystery and appeal. Other movies can be viewed an indefinite number of times. Like great music, they improve with familiarity. It’s a Wonderful Life falls in the second category.” – Roger Ebert

Director
Frank Capra
Starring
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen
Year
1946
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
130 minutes

A Christmas Story

It’s rare for a director to give us one acknowledged Christmas classic and a downright miracle for making two, polar opposite Yuletide masterpieces. In addition to our annual holiday grindhouse showing of Black Christmas, we’re celebrating Bob Clark’s beloved family favorite A Christmas Story! As 9 year old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) pines for a Red Ryder B.B. gun to appear as the perfect gift under the tree, his parents, teacher and even the department store Santa all warn: “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

“There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy. 4 stars.” – Roger Ebert

Mental Floss writes 12 Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story (Even Though You’ve Seen It 90 Times).

Check out a collection of A Christmas Story lobby cards on the New Beverly forum.

Director
Bob Clark
Starring
Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
Year
1983
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
93 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Fri, December 22
6:30 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life
9:10 pm
A Christmas Story

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Sat, December 23
6:30 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life
9:10 pm
A Christmas Story

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