by Jeff Niesel
Tis the season for holiday films. Cleveland Cinemas has just announced a slew of special holiday-themed screenings.
While Cleveland Cinemas annually shows A Christmas Story on the big screen, this year’s screenings are even more highly anticipated, and advance tickets are going fast. The film screens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Cedar Lee Theatre and the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are only $1.
The schedule also features a slew of other seasonal favorites. Scrooged, an update of the Dickens story that features a very young-looking Bill Murray as a cynical TV exec who fires people on Christmas until he’s haunted by three spirits who attempt to change his bad attitude and show him what a curmudgeon he can be, screens at midnight on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6.
A classic flick that centers on a small-town man (James Stewart) who feels so limited by his circumstances that he contemplates committing suicide on Christmas Eve, It’s a Wonderful Life screens at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Capitol Theatre. Despite its serious subject matter, the Frank Capra film has become a Christmas classic. It’s part of the Capitol Theatre’s on-going Sunday Classics Brunch and Movie Series. After the film, patrons who show their ticket stubs at one of the partner restaurants (Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, Latitude 41n, Spice) will get a discount or special offering for brunch. Tickets are $6.
And finally, Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker, shows at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Nina Kaptsova, Artem Ovcharenko, Denis Savin, Pavel Dmitrichenko and Vyacheslav Lopatin star in this adaptation of the classic story about a magician who sets out to find a young girl who can break a curse on his nephew and restore him to human form. Mice and toys do ferocious battle. Yuri Grigorovich choreographed the dance movements. Admission to this screening is $15 for adults, $12.50 for children and seniors.
For more information on the screenings and to purchase advance tickets, go to clevelandcinemas.com.