Christmas classic set for Coleman theatre screen

“White Christmas,” a classic holiday film, will be shown at the Coleman Theatre this week.

The movie is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

The 3 p.m. time Saturday will allow people the opportunity to enjoy the movie which will finish around 5 p.m.

“They will have some time to shop or grab a bite to eat before the Miami Christmas parade,” Barbara Smith, manager of the Coleman said.

The Miami Christmas parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

“I see the Christmas movie as a gift the Coleman Theatre gives to the community,” Smith said. “That's why we keep the ticket prices so low.”

Last year, “It's A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart was shown at the Coleman Theatre to celebrate the holidays.

“There are three or four seasonal classics that we're going to try alternating for our Christmas shows,” Smith said. “There's something special about seeing them on the big screen.”

The Christmas movie is always shown the first weekend in December so people can enjoy it with the Christmas parade.

When Smith says “big screen” she's serious.

The screen at the Coleman Theatre is one of the biggest in the area, almost as big as an IMAX according to Smith.

“White Christmas” has a special connection to Miami through its lead star, Bing Crosby, Smith said.

“Bing Crosby was friends with George Coleman, the creator of the Coleman Theatre,” she said. “While I have not been able to find a record of his performing at the Coleman, he did visit George Coleman here. They used to go play golf.

“Crosby later did business with Coleman's son, George Coleman Jr.”

“White Christmas” will be the first movie shown on the new theater quality DVD projector the theatre has purchased.

Five years ago the projector would have cost an estimated $40,000. This year the projector was purchased for approximately $10,000, half of which was received as a grant from the Walton Foundation through Arvest Bank. The remainder was paid for through the proceeds from productions presented over the last two years.

“So many of the classics are no longer being reproduced on 35 mm,” Smith said. “The one-way freight charges on a 35 mm can be $150. The price is just incredible.”

The Coleman Theatre will still use its original projector when it can, ususally for silent movies.