One of the most popular American films of all time and a perennial holiday favorite will be shown at the Coleman Theatre beginning next week.
The curtain will draw for the holiday classic “It's a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.
“We are thrilled to offer this great family film,” said theatre manager Barbara Smith. “The old traditional on big screen will be wonderful.”
James Stewart and Donna Reed star in what was considered a 1947 box office flop, directed by Frank Capra.
“It's a Wonderful Life” is a dark, bittersweet post-war tale of a savings-and-loan manager who struggles against a greedy banker and his own self-doubting nature in a small town.
Earnest do-gooder George Bailey (Stewart) recognizes his life as wonderful and truly rich, even in its humdrum and bleak nature, only after suffering many hardships, mishaps and fateful trials. He is given encouragement by a whimsical, endearing, trainee-angel named Clarence, played by Henry Travers.
Although it debuted in the mid 1940's, the film only became popular in the 1970's after being a repeated holiday television showing - one that, incidentally, could be broadcast at no cost.
“We have made admission very inexpensive to this film,” Smith said. “We want families to be able to come out and enjoy this great classic.”
A second showing of the film is set for Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m.
“It will be over just in time to see the parade,” Smith said.
The final showing will be Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and $1 for preschool aged children. Tickets can be purchased at the door.