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  1. The Littlest Nutcracker

    December 4, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    “The Littlest Nutcracker” is a local adaptation of Peter Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite. Over 200 local dancers from Uptown Dance will participate in this multimedia performance. Take a trip to the Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, onscreen and onstage in one exciting new production. You can also enjoy a Sugar Plum Sweet Box, which includes a gingerbread or chocolate cake ball, a mini chocolate caramel brownie, a snowflake sugar cookie, chocolate caramel dipped brownie and a peppermint! Boxes are available for preorder when your purchase your advance tickets beginning November 20th.

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  2. A Man Called Ove

    December 4, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. One of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival

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  3. The Normal Humor Comedy Hour

    December 5, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Normal Theater

    The best open-mic style comedy event you'll find happening in Uptown Normal on a Monday Night at the Normal Theater. Now with a shiny new 8:00pm start time. The sign up sheet will be posted here & on the Normal Theater's facebook page one week out from the event, so make sure to check back around noon that Monday to get yourself on the list. And it's still free, so we're happy to continue to offer a money-back guarantee if you don't have a great time. A note on content: we don't consider any topics off-limts, but do ask everyone to consider how they talk about those topics. Which means every Monday is its own unique ride that can range anywhere from "Squeaky Clean" to "Lenny Bruce is Blushing".

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  4. The Bishop's Wife - A Tuesday Night Classic

    December 6, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Dejected by his efforts to raise money to build a cathedral, Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) beseeches heaven for guidance, and is visited immediately by Dudley (Cary Grant), who claims to be an angel. Henry is skeptical, then annoyed when Dudley ingratiates himself into the household as his assistant -- and worse, wins the attentions of Henry's long-suffering and kindly wife (Loretta Young). When Dudley continues to intervene in Henry's struggles, the bishop decides to challenge heaven. NR / 109 min. And remember that Friends of the Normal Theater can always attend Tuesday Night Classics at no cost.

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  5. Elf

    December 9, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. PG / 97 min.

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  6. Gremlins - The Friday Night Late Show

    December 9, 10:30 PM - December 10, 12:00 AM

    A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a small curiosity shop. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve. PG / 107 min

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  7. The Good Dinosaur - A Free Dress Up Movie

    December 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Luckily for young Arlo, his parents (Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand) and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family. PG / 93 min. Enjoy free movies at the Normal Theater! Each month there will be a movie shown at 1 pm with doors opening at 12:30 pm. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress up or bring an item that relates to the movie. For more details visit NormalParks.org

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  8. A Man Called Ove

    December 10, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. One of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival

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  9. Elf

    December 11, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. PG / 97 min.

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  10. Midwest Songwriter Sessions

    December 12, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Normal Theater

    The Normal Theater is the new home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you're interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We're looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles.

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  11. Remember the Night - A Tuesday Night Classic

    December 13, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Moved to pity by the Christmas season, New York District Attorney John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) lets pretty shoplifter Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) out on bail and offers her a ride home to Indiana. Along the way they have a run-in with a Pennsylvania sheriff, meet each others' parents, and eventually fall in love. John's mother, however, disapproves, and warns Lee to stay away, lest she damage John's career. NR / 94 min. And remember that Friends of the Normal Theater can always attend Tuesday Night Classics at no cost.

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  12. White Christmas

    December 14, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Unrated / 120 min.

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  13. It's A Wonderful Life

    December 15, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. PG / 135 min.

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  14. White Christmas

    December 16, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Unrated / 120 min.

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  15. Edward Scissorhands - The Friday Night Late Show

    December 16, 10:30 PM - December 17, 12:00 AM

    A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being -- the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg's teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward's hands make him an outcast. PG-13 / 105 min.

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  16. The Muppet Christmas Carol

    December 17, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle -- weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases -- past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness. G / 86 min.

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  17. It's A Wonderful Life

    December 17, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. PG / 135 min.

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  18. The Muppet Christmas Carol

    December 18, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle -- weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases -- past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness. G / 86 min.

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  19. White Christmas

    December 18, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Unrated / 120 min.

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  20. A Christmas Carol (1938) - A Tuesday Night Classic

    December 20, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen) hates Christmas and mistreats his long-suffering employee, devoted family man Bob Cratchit (Gene Lockhart). But a visit from the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Leo G. Carroll) and three Christmas spirits (Lionel Braham, Ann Rutherford, D'Arcy Corrigan) might convince him to change his ways and become more kindhearted. This adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic became a holiday staple for decades. G / 69 min. And remember that Friends of the Normal Theater can always attend Tuesday Night Classics at no cost.

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  21. It's A Wonderful Life

    December 21, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. PG / 135 min.

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  22. White Christmas

    December 22, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Unrated / 120 min.

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  23. It's A Wonderful Life

    December 23, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. PG / 135 min.

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  24. White Christmas

    December 24, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Unrated / 120 min.

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  25. It's A Wonderful Life

    December 24, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. PG / 135 min.

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