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Firebird Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Fri., December 14, 2018 thru Sat., December 15, 2018


Presented by Firebird Theatre

Join us for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat performed by the very talented local young actors of Firebird Theatre Company, ages 7-18. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this popular Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical reimagines the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows preferred son Joseph who, after being sold into slavery by . . .

The Oberufer Shepherd’s Play

Sat., December 22, 2018

All ages. 60 minutes. Live.
Presented by The Christian Community

One of a cycle of three plays, the Shepherds’ Play is a medieval Nativity play performed annually in many places and languages around the world. Partly in music and verse, with humorous camaraderie and profound reverence, it brings joy to performers and audiences, young and old. With a message that goes beyond cultural or historical specifics, it speaks of ‘That Holy Thing which shall be born of thee…’ as the . . .

A Christmas Story

Sat., December 22, 2018

Directed by Bob Clark. US. 1983. Ages 6+. 1 hour 38 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
Sponsored by Valley Forge Eye Care

The holidays aren’t complete without a screening of this classic comedy. All nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time. But his request for the toy is met with the same warning from his mom, his teacher and Santa: “You’ll shoot your . . .

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sat., December 29, 2018

Directed by Elia Kazan. US. 1945. 10+. 2 hours 9 minutes. Fox. Digital.

Growing up in the tough world of a Brooklyn tenement isn’t easy for a young girl (Peggy Ann Garner). Although she loves her hard-working mom (Dorothy McGuire), irresponsible dad (James Dunn) and rambunctious kid brother (Ted Donaldson), Francie yearns to break free from her dreary existence and live a better life. Based on the classic novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn marks the directorial debut of Elia Kazan . . .

Young Sherlock Holmes

Sat., January 5, 2019

Directed by Barry Levinson. US. 1985. PG-13. 1 hour 49 minutes. Paramount. 35mm.

Before he donned the deerstalker and became the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes was a teen (Nicholas Rowe) who is more interested in using his intellect for crime solving than school work. Finding a friend in the new student at school, John Watson (Alan Cox), the two begin to suspect that trouble is afoot when a series of mysterious deaths occur on their campus. Soon their investigation leads . . .

Wonder

Sat., January 12, 2019

Directed by Stephen Chbosky. US. 2017. 10+. 1 hour 53 minutes. Lionsgate. Digital.

Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were . . .

The Secret Garden

Sat., January 19, 2019

Directed by Agnieszka Holland. US. 1993. 8+. 1 hour 41 minutes. Warner. blu ray.

This gorgeous, thoughtful film, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the story of a young Victorian girl, Mary Lennox, who has been sent to live with her uncle in his gloomy English manor. Left to her own devices, Mary begins exploring and uncovering the secrets of the house and garden, befriending the sickly boy who lives there and a local farm boy along the way.
The 11AM . . .

Hook

Sat., January 26, 2019

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1991. 10+. 2 hours 24 minutes. Sony. Digital.

When Capt. Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, a now middle-age Peter Pan (Robin Williams) must return to Neverland to not only rescue his kids, but also to make amends to those he left behind – Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) and the Lost Boys. Steven Spielberg’s big screen adventure is full of fantasy, hilarity and an all-star supporting cast that includes Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Phil Collins . . .

Groundhog Day

Sat., February 2, 2019

Directed by Harold Ramis. US. 1993. 11+. 1 hour 41 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Sponsored by The Great American Pub

When vain, arrogant and selfish Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray in his greatest role) is dispatched to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, he believes it’s just a simple, one-day assignment and career stepping stone to the big leagues of network TV. What Phil doesn’t know is that a huge blizzard (which he incorrectly forecasted) is not only going to delay his journey . . .

The Dark Crystal

Sat., February 9, 2019

Directed by Jim Henson. US. 1982. 8+. 1 hour 34 minutes. Universal. Digital.

Jim Henson’s classic fantasy adventure returns to the Colonial to enchant and entertain another generation of movie fans! Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the . . .

I Kill Giants

Sat., February 23, 2019

Directed by Anders Walter. Belgium. 2017. 13+. 1 hour 46 minutes. RLJ Entertainment. Digital.

Based on the popular graphic novel, I Kill Giants tells the tale of Barbara, a young independent teen obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons and former Phillies pitcher Harry Coveleski. Misunderstood and outcast at school, Barbara soon finds herself reluctantly thrust into the role of hero when evil giants threaten to destroy her town. Now, Barbara must defend her home front – and face her worst fears . . .

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Sat., March 2, 2019

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Japan. 1989. 5+. 1 hour 43 minutes. GKids. Digital.

In director Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic, 13-year-old Kiki moves to a seaside town with her talking cat to spend a year alone, in accordance with her village’s tradition for witches in training. After learning to control her broomstick, Kiki sets up a flying courier service and soon becomes a fixture in the community. But when the insecure young witch begins questioning herself and loses her magic . . .

Looney Tunes

Sat., March 9, 2019

US. 6+. Warner. blu ray.

Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Foghorn Leghorn, Wil E. Coyote, The Road Runner, Sylvester, Tweetie, and others from the Looney Tunes crew are back in this collection of some of their best and most beloved cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault, including What’s Opera, Doc?, Rabbit of Seville, Duck Amuck, Scarlett Pumpernickel, Robin Hood Daffy, Tweetie Pie, Beep, Beep, and Lovelorn Leghorn . . .

The Secret of Kells

Sat., March 16, 2019

Directed by Tomm Moore. France. 2009. G. 1 hour 15 minutes. GKids. Digital.

Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It . . .

Batman: The Movie

Sat., March 23, 2019

Directed by Leslie Martinson. US. 1966. NR. 1 hour 45 minutes. Fox. Digital.

Holy Favorite Films, Colonial Fans! The beloved big screen adaptation of the 1960’s Batman television series is here to save you from the dreary days of winter! When the United Underworld, the unholy union of Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), threaten to destroy the world with their dehydration ray, it’s up to dynamic duo of Batman (Adam . . .

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Sat., March 30, 2019

Directed by Steve Barron. US. 1990. PG. 1 hour 33 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas. The intrepid heroes, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo, are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of Splinter, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it’s up to the plucky turtles to stop him . . .

Zoo

Sat., April 6, 2019

Directed by Colin McIvor. UK. 2017. Age 10+. 1 hour 37 minutes. Samuel Goldwyn. blu ray.

Loosely based on a true story, 12 year old Tom (Art Parkinson) and his misfit friends fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941. This engaging, heartfelt period drama depicts a little-known story about the extraordinary way an elephant in an Irish zoo was saved during World War II. Read about the true story here . . .

My Dog Skip

Sat., April 13, 2019

Directed by Jay Russell. US. 2000. Age 9+. 1 hour 35 minutes. Warner. blu ray.

Set in Mississippi in the late 40s, shy young Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) lives with his parents (Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon), and when his only friend goes off to war, he’s left alone. His father, who lost a leg fighting in the Spanish Civil War, is withdrawn, so his mother buys him a dog and his life is transformed, not only is the dog his best friend but . . .

The Eagle Huntress

Sat., April 20, 2019

Directed by Otto Bell. Mongolia. 2016. 8+. 1 hour 27 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. Digital.

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries . . .

The Wizard of Oz

Sat., April 27, 2019

Directed by Victor Fleming. US. 1939. 6+. 1 hour 41 minutes. Warner. Digital.

Winner of two Academy Awards, The Wizard of Oz is an American classic. Starring Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley. A perfect score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, highly imaginative sets and brilliant characterizations make this adaptation of the Frank Baum story a musical fantasy of the highest caliber. Audiences of all ages have been enchanted with The Wizard of Oz since it’s first . . .

Coming Soon

Mary Poppins Returns

Starts Wed, Dec 19!

Directed by Rob Marshall. US. 2018. PG. 2 hours 10 minutes minutes. Digital.
Presented by Walt Disney Studios

Starts on Wed, Dec 19! Tickets on Sale Soon!

The long-awaited and much anticipated sequel to the beloved Disney Classic is coming to the Colonial in time for the holidays! Set in 1930s London, which is the time period of the original novels by P. L. Travers, the story follows Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), who are now grown up. Michael is living with his three . . .