Events for December, 2012
Presented by Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust
- Sat, Dec 1, 2:00 pm
Meet Santa at the Colonial during Phoenixville Federal’s annual community Christmas party! Tickets are free but MUST be picked up in advance at any PFB&T branch. This year we’re screening Second Star to the Left (29 min) during the party.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky. US. 2012. PG-13. 102 min. Summit Entertainment. 35mm.
Sat, Dec 1 thru Thu, Dec 6 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Adapted by novelist turned film-and-TV writer turned director Stephen Chbosky from his own YA hit, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower harkens back to that long-ago era when 1600 was a top SAT score, and a choice token of affection was a carefully crafted mixtape. This fact alone might be enough to endear it to any pre-Millennial, but the film is also an earnest, big-hearted ode to friends as support and salvation, and to the talismanic quality a favorite song, treasured hang-out, or shared tradition can take on for a teenager. More»
Directed by Henry Koster. US. 1947. NR. 109 min. MGM. 35mm.
- Sun, Dec 2, 2:00 pm
Handsome, devil-may-care Cary Grant as an angel?! Hard to believe – but vastly entertaining to watch. In this beautifully-paced holiday classic, David Niven plays a somewhat dour and preoccupied Episcopal bishop, whose faith and his marriage (to lovely Loretta Young) seems to be faltering. Then, more or less in answer to his prayer, along comes Cary, to quite cleverly and subtly (Loretta doesn’t even know that he is From Above) help straighten things out and, as the “Motion Picture Guide” so aptly puts it, “unobtrusively help her and Niven achieve some peace on earth and goodwill towards each other.” Watch this lovely holiday picture and see why it was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture of 1947. (Bill Roth)
Tickets: $10 - $25. Buy tickets online.
- Sun, Dec 2, 7:00 pm
The 15-piece City Rhythm Orchestra presents Holiday Style, a big band concert that’s a perfect way to start the yuletide season. The show will feature the luxurious sound of the City Rhythm brass while putting the spotlight on the group’s three fine vocalists. More»
Directed by Ben Lewin. US. 2012. R. 95 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.
Fri, Dec 7 thru Thu, Dec 13 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“John Hawkes’ polio-stricken poet in The Sessions imbues his quest to lose his virginity and connect in the most profound spiritual manner imaginable with another human being with such sweetness and light it’s as if he’s doing God a favor by ridding himself of his unwanted virginity. Hawkes is so charming and innately lovable that even God, as represented in this terrestrial realm by a priest played by a shaggy-haired William H. Macy, gives Hawkes a pass to lose his virginity the old-fashioned way: by paying someone to have sex with him. Only in The Sessions,there’s nothing remotely sordid or sinful about sex. More»
Directed by Bob Clark. Canada. 1974. R. 98 min. Grindhouse. 35mm.
- Fri, Dec 7, 9:45 pm
“In less than 10 years, Bob Clark went from codifying the slasher film genre in 1974′s Black Christmas to making a different kind of holiday movie in A Christmas Story. But the two films aren’t too far apart, at least in terms of their settings: Both take place in big, lit-up, snowbound houses. In A Christmas Story, it’s a suburban nuclear family home preparing for the holidays; in Black Christmas, it’s a sorority house being stalked by a serial killer. Both look so warm, inviting, and communal that it’s hard to imagine how anything really awful could happen there. More»
Directed by Joe Dante. US. 1984. Age 9+. 106 min. Warner Bros. blu ray.
- Sat, Dec 8, 2:00 pm
“Never expose them to bright light. Sunlight will kill them. Never get them wet, trust me on that. The one thing that you must never, ever do is feed them after midnight. Gremlins is Joe Dante (director), Chris Columbus (writer) and Steve Spielberg’s (producer) send up of the great horror films of the fifties mixed with Christmas cheer. More»
Tickets: $5 - $10. Buy tickets online.
- Sun, Dec 9, 3:00 pm
The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley presents a musical extravaganza featuring Joe Pantano and the TOSDV family along with Laurel & Hardy! Hear the Wurlitzer like you’ve never heard it before. This program benefits the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley (TOSDV) Theatre Pipe Organ Restoration Fund. More»
Tickets: $10. Buy tickets online..
- Sat, Dec 15, 2:00 pm
Firebird Children’s Theatre proudly presents our first annual Winter Holiday Revue. Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun filled afternoon celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, while singing along to toe tapping holiday music and a live musical comedy play suitable for young audiences. More»
Directed by Mark Sandrich. US. 1942. NR. 101 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Sun, Dec 16, 2:00 pm
This is it! The movie that introduced the song “White Christmas” (sung, of course, by Bing Crosby), which won the Academy Award for Best Song (and went on to become the most popular song ever.) Not only that, this vastly entertaining war-time film musical, co- starring Fred Astaire, includes a whole collection of Irving Berlin’s holiday-themed songs, including “Easter Parade,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” (for Valentine’s Day), “Plenty to Be Thankful For” (for Thanksgiving), and especially Astaire’s dance routine to “Let’s Say It With Firecrackers.” More»
Directed by Ben Rivers. UK. 2011. NR. 88 min. Northwest Film Forum. 35mm.
- Sun, Dec 16, 4:30 pm
A lonely man never whistled so much! Ben Rivers beautifully lensed black and white portrait of man and his chosen environs, is the finest occupation project of the year. A long-form portrait of a man named Jake Williams, who lives a life of solitude in a dilapidated house in the middle of the Scottish Highlands. Following this unlikely real life subject through the seasons, Rivers uses old 16mm cameras and monochrome stock to accentuate the antiquity of the curios that adorn Jake’s humble abode. This is Jake’s dream of living off the land, a dream that appears to be the most elegant, peaceful and frugal occupation of space ever conceived. In approaching his subject without prejudice or a clear narrative agenda, Rivers has created one of the most intimate studies of the human condition you are ever likely to see. (Northwest Film Forum) More»
Directed by Bob Clark. US. 1983. Age 6+. 98 min. Warner Bros. blu ray.
Sponsored by Upattinas School
- Sat, Dec 22, 2:00 pm
“A Christmas Story grasps the full scope of childhood injustice and obsession. Amid the comically cranky Santa Clauses and tree-lighting mishaps, the movie’s key moment is a Billingsley crying jag, prompted by a fight with the neighborhood bully and the fear that his dad will clobber him. More»
Directed by Frank Capra. 1946. NR. 130 min. Paramount. 35mm.
Sponsored by Upattinas School
Sat, Dec 22 thru Sun, Dec 23 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
What can we say about It’s a Wonderful Life that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? One of the most popular movies of all time (though it wasn’t a hit when it was first released), this is a film that has come to represent all the hope, good will, and sentiment that define the holiday season. Please join us in rooting for Jimmy Stewart, Clarence the Angel, and all his friends as they discover that each of us, in our own way, is a vital part of the world, illustrating that John Donne was right in saying “each man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for thee.”ť Attaboy, Clarence! (Bill Roth)
Tickets: $11 - $15. Buy tickets online. 140 min.
- Fri, Oct 19, 9:30 pm
- Sat, Dec 22, 8:00 pm
Joel Hodgson, creator of the enduring cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 will present his one-man keynote address entitled “Riffing Myself” on Sat, Dec 22 at 8PM followed by an MST3K episode of Joel’s choosing, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” More»
Directed by Malik Bendjelloui. Sweden. 2012. PG-13. 86 min. Sony Pictures Classics. 35mm.
- Sun, Dec 30, 2:00 pm
“Mystery is a powerful, sometimes essential weapon in the arsenal of a cult artist. But what happens when great artists’ legacies are so enigmatic that no one seems to know whether they’re dead or alive, retired or making the most important art of their lives in absolute secrecy? What happens when the case grows so cold that even an artist’s most devoted fans are left salivating for the tiniest morsel of information about their idol? More»