|Holiday film nights to get Normal into spirit|
|Written by Tyler Yonke, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:54|
December has arrived, and although the weather outside may not yet be frightful, enjoying classic Christmas films can still be delightful.
Normal Theater, located at 209 North St., is already in the midst of this year’s series of seasonal film screenings.
Film lovers have already missed their chance to see “Holiday Inn,” the beloved 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and featuring the timeless music of Irving Berlin. This weekend, however, brings the opportunity to view the film’s spiritual successor.
“White Christmas,” which also features music by Berlin, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The 1954 classic, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, takes the famous Christmas tune introduced in “Holiday Inn” and gives it the full movie treatment.
The film follows Crosby and Kaye, who play a pair of World War II veterans-turned-performers. The two meet up with another singing and dancing pair, Clooney and Vera-Ellen, and the group sets out to perform a Christmas show at a Vermont lodge.
Music and dance make up the heart of the classic film, including such memorable tracks as “It’s Cold Outside” and “Sisters,” as well as the masterful title track, of course.
For those seeking to experience “White Christmas” in live fashion, the stage musical of the same name can also be seen locally.
The adaptation is being performed by the Community Players at their theater located at 201 Robinhood Lane in Bloomington. The show has been running since late November, and performances start up again Thursday. The production closes on Dec. 16.
“White Christmas” is not the only beloved seasonal tale locals have to look forward to, however. Normal Theater will continue its holiday screenings the weekend of Dec. 13 with a pair of 1980’s Christmas classics.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” starring Chevy Chase, has been cracking up holiday audiences since 1989, while 1983’s “A Christmas Story” has gathered enough of a following to warrant a stage adaptation, as well as an annual 24-hour TBS marathon.
Normal Theater wraps up its holiday movie season on the weekend of Dec. 20 with the king of all Christmas films: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The 1946 movie starring James Stewart as the iconic George Bailey will run for five nights, including Christmas Eve.