In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Town of Normal reopening the Normal Theater, we are pleased to announce a commemorative ornament for sale. A great way to give a gift to yourself or a loved one you will also support the operations of our historic theater. Ornaments may be purchased online along with tickets to holiday films and will be waiting for you at your screening. Ornaments will also be available for purchase at the Normal Theater and the Children’s Discovery Museum during regular operating hours.
As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs. PG-13 / 97 min.
While recovering in a hospital, war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) grows familiar with the "Diary of a Housewife" column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck). Jeff's nurse arranges with Elizabeth's publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth's bucolic Connecticut farm with her husband and child. But the column is a sham, so Yardley hastens to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up single, nondomestic Elizabeth on a country farm. NR / 102 min.
George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all - and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence - who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years. PG / 135 min.
Join Glenn Wilson & Friends as we celebrate the music of the season. Hear both traditional and contemporary riffs on your holiday favorites as an ensemble of incredible jazz vocalists & instrumentalists take to the Normal Theater stage. This event is presented in partnership with Further Jazz, Inc, and is supported in part by a Harmon Arts Grant.
12/13 @ 7:00pm
Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself. R / 79 min.
12/13 @ 10:00pm
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 / 89 min.
Each screening of this wonderful holiday film is sponsored by our friends at Red Raccoon Games. Prizes will be available from RRG at each screening. You can find more information about Red Raccoon’s fantastic store at www.redraccoongames.com.
Starring an eclectic cast of characters – musicians, DJs composers, collectors & critics – plus two dozen amazing & original songs, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh ride into the strange & sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. Featuring: Run DMC, The Flaming Lips, Bob Dorough and Miles Davis, and many more! NR / 94 min.
12/14 @ 4:00pm
This beloved classic is back on the screen this holiday season at the Normal Theater! 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! NR / 120 min.
12/25 @ 7:00pm
Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a "Red Ryder air rifle." Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact. PG / 94 min.
A cleric begins to doubt himself and is visited by an angel. The heavenly emissary is supposed to help the good reverend over his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric's lovely young wife. This 1996 film directed by Penny Marshall stars Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. A remake with gospel music of the ‘The Bishop's Wife’. PG / 123 min.
When precocious 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home. PG / 103 min.
As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess (Olivia Hussey) and the often inebriated Barb (Margot Kidder), begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. Initially, Barb eggs the caller on, but stops when he responds threateningly. Soon, Barb's friend Claire (Lynne Griffin) goes missing from the sorority house, and a local adolescent girl is murdered, leading the girls to suspect a serial killer is on the loose. But no one realizes just how near the culprit is. R / 98 min.
12/20 @ 10:00pm
In the late 1950s, Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) is a modern-day witch living in New York City's Greenwich Village. When she encounters charming publisher Shepherd Henderson (James Stewart), she decides to make him hers by casting a love spell. Gillian takes added pleasure in doing so because Henderson is engaged to her old college rival (Janice Rule). However, Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shepherd, which poses a problem: She will lose her powers if she falls in love. NR / 106 min.
12/21 @ 1:00pm
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.
12/21 @ 4:00pm
Come dressed up as your favorite character or bring your favorite toy from Toy Story 4, an animated film about Woody and the gang of toys that meet a new toy called "Forky. They all go on a road trip that reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
The film will begin at 1:00pm, and each attendee under the age of 10 will receive a special movie-themed giveaway! Doors open at 12:30 and concessions will be available.
01/11 @ 1:00pm
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!