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State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
The Polar ExpressG
10:00 am
GT Pie Co. Bike
Give Away Day!
THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT – STAND BY ONLY

State Theatre:
St. VincentPG-13
1:00, 3:30 pm

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
White ChristmasPG
6:00 pm
Tickets $5

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
Love ActuallyR
8:30 pm
Tickets $5


Bijou by the Bay:
NightcrawlerR
1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 pm

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State Theatre:
St. VincentPG-13
1:00, 8:30 pm

State Theatre: Special Event
The Shortest Day: Family ShortsG
3:30 pm
FREE!

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
It’s a Wonderful LifePG
6:00 pm
Tickets $5


Bijou by the Bay:
NightcrawlerR
1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 pm

22

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
A Christmas CarolNR
10:00 am
Tickets $5

State Theatre:
St. VincentPG-13
1:00, 3:30 pm

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
Elf Quote-AlongPG
6:00 pm

State Theatre: Special Event
Mike’s Surprise
8:45 pm
FREE!


Bijou by the Bay:
NightcrawlerR
1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 pm

23

State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
The Polar ExpressG
10:00 am

State Theatre:
St. VincentPG-13
1:00, 3:30, 8:30 pm

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
White ChristmasPG
6:00 pm
Tickets $5


Bijou by the Bay:
NightcrawlerR
1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 pm

24

State Theatre: 25¢ Classic Matinee
Holiday in Hollywood

The Bell’s of St. Mary’sNR
10:30 am

State Theatre: Holiday Classic
It’s a Wonderful LifePG
1:30 pm
Tickets $5

State Theatre: Special Event
Christmas Eve at the State Theatre
6:00 pm
FREE!


Bijou by the Bay: 25¢ Kids Matinee
The Polar ExpressG
11:30 am

Bijou by the Bay: Holiday Classic
A Christmas CarolNR
2:00 pm
Tickets $5

25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

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State Theatre: Holiday Classic
The Sound of MusicNR
9:00 am
Tickets $5

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm

State Theatre: Friday Night Flicks
Sharknado 2: The Second One – Presented in HecklevisionPG-13
11:00 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

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State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
Home AlonePG
10:00 am

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

28

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

29

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

30

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

31

State Theatre: 25¢ Classic Matinee
Holiday in Hollywood

The Thin ManNR
10:30 am

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pm

State Theatre: New Year’s Eve Party!
ChicagoPG-13
9:45 pm
Free Party Favors!


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 pm

1

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

2

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm

State Theatre: Friday Night Flicks
Wayne’s WorldPG-13
11:00 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

3

State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
Mary PoppinsG
10:00 am

State Theatre:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Into the WoodsPG
12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30 pm

  • Admission at the Saturday morning kids matinees and the Wednesday morning classic matinees is 25 cents – the same price the State (then called the Lyric Theater) charged when it opened in 1916.
  • Tuesday is free popcorn day! Patrons may get a free small popcorn when attending any regularly priced movie at the State and Bijou on Tuesday.
  • Friday Night Flicks (cool and edgy films that play between 10 pm and 12 midnight on Friday) are just $3 or two for $5!
  • The State and Bijou box offices are open from one hour before the first show until approximately 9 pm daily.

ST. VINCENT
Now Playing at the State Theatre

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2014/USA/PG-13/102 min
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts

Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.

“With ‘St. Vincent,’ the chief pleasure is comedy, which typically arises from waiting to discover what Bill Murray might do next.”
- Peter Debruge, Variety

“Murray is always a delight, but his films with kids (‘Meatballs,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’) give his unencumbered playfulness even more room to roam.”
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“This may not be his signature work, but it’s Murray at the top of his game in the type of role audiences want to see him in.”
- Gregory Ellwood, HitFix

“Nearly every scene is contrived, but Melfi has a nice way with dialogue, and the cast is uniformly outstanding.”
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“A funny and appealing film.”
- Stephen Whitty, Portland Oregonian

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NIGHTCRAWLER
Now Playing at the Bijou by the Bay

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2014/USA/R/117 min
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

“Nightcrawler” is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

“One of the year’s most satisfying and original thrillers.”
- Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A mesmerizing cipher, Lou is a spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and of the withholding protagonists in the existential French crime films of Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville.”
- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

“’Nightcrawler’ manages to be a scathing look at ambition and journalistic sensationalism while still delivering as a dark thriller.”
- Tom Long, Detroit News

“A smart, engaged film powered by an altogether remarkable performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, it is melodrama grounded in a disturbing reality, an extreme scenario that is troubling because it cuts close to the bone.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” is a dark dream of a thriller, full of evil that floats like a toxic cloud across an already tainted city.”
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Nightcrawler curves and hisses its way into your head with demonic skill. This is a deliciously twisted piece of work. And Gyllenhaal, coiled and ready to spring, is scarily brilliant.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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THE IMITATION GAME
Opening Christmas Day to the State Theatre

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2014/USA/PG-13/102 min
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts

At Cambridge University, young Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) quickly establishes himself as a groundbreaking thinker with his theories about the potential of computing machines. When war between Britain and Germany is declared, these theories are put into active practice. Turing easily passes a test to become a member of a top-secret group assigned to decode critical German naval communications. Much to the surprise of the commanding officers, so does a woman, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), Turing and Clarke become fast friends, and are soon engaged to be married. But Turing is gay, struggling with his identity at a time when it is illegal and subject to terrible punishment. Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

“Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is The ‘Theory of Everything’) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the greatest stories of our time — the genius, heroism and ultimately shameful destruction of Alan Turing.”
- Rex Reed, New York Observer

“On its bright face, ‘The Imitation Game’ fits into that cozy genre of tortured-genius biopics that sprout like kudzu just in time for the Oscars. But that’s not fair to the film, which outthinks and outplays other examples of the genre.”
- Richard Corliss, Time

“The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining ‘The Imitation Game’ gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that’s pure pleasure to experience.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“The film is anchored by yet another hypnotically complex Cumberbatch performance. He’s turning greatness into a habit.”
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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INTO THE WOODS
Opening Christmas Day at the Bijou by the Bay

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2014/USA/PG/124 min
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and James Corden

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

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CITIZENFOUR
Coming Soon to the State Theatre

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2014/USA/R/114 min
Director: Laura Poitras

In January 2013, director Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and journalist Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her and the film that resulted from these series of tense encounters is an absolutely 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

“Cinema, even in the service of journalism, is always more than reporting, and focusing on what Ms. Poitras’s film is about risks ignoring what it is. It’s a tense and frightening thriller that blends the brisk globe-trotting of the ‘Bourne’ movies with the spooky, atmospheric effects of a Japanese horror film. And it is also a primal political fable for the digital age, a real-time tableau of the confrontation between the individual and the state.”
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

“’Citzenfour’ is prosaic in its presentation and profoundly chilling in its details, and if you think Snowden is a traitor, you should probably see it. If you think he’s a hero, you should probably see it. If you haven’t made up your mind — well, you get the idea.”
- Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“This is a movie primarily concerned with numbers and the way that information is fed, processed, and acted upon. But it plays like the greatest paranoid thriller since ‘All the President’s Men.’”
- Drew Taylor, The Playlist

“It is exhilarating moviemaking, an out-of-the-blue masterwork that ranks as one of the best films of not just the year, but the decade, the century.”
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call ‘Citizenfour’ the movie of the century (to date).”
- RogerEbert.com

“Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.”
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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HOME ALONE
Playing Friday, December 19 at 6:00 pm (Tickets $5) and Saturday, December 27 at 10:00 am (25¢ Kids Matinee)

1990/USA/PG/103 min
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern

Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they’ve left him “home alone,” he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin’s suburban Chicago neighborhood.

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NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
Playing Friday, December 19 – 11:00 pm – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1989/USA/PG-13/97 min
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Randy Quaid

Chevy Chase, star of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and its sequel, is back as the paterfamilias of the Griswold family (including Beverly D’Angelo as his missus) to skewer the Yuletide season. Chevy mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was still capable of attracting an audience five years after its release — it was one of the top-rated seasonal TV specials of 1994, outrating even the first network telecast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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THE POLAR EXPRESS
Playing Saturday, December 20 at 10:00 am*, Tuesday, December 23 at 10:00 am, and Wednesday, December 24 at 11:30 am (AT THE BIJOU) – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2004/USA/G/100 min
Directors: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye

Based on the wondrous children’s Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg, a disillusioned little boy just old enough to doubt the existence of Santa Claus has the adventure of a lifetime one fateful Christmas Eve. Clad in his pajamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks.) Among myriad jaw-dropping moments, the train plummets brakeless through crystalline mountains in a simulated roller coaster ride. Going off the rails, skidding sideways, and snaking violently across a frozen lake, the train arrives at the North Pole (a vast, glowing city of brick buildings). At that moment, the car carrying the kids detaches and they’re sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santa’s Workshop.

PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday, December 20 screening has sold out. A stand by line will form.

*Make sure you arrive early to the Saturday, December 20 screening because we will be giving away a FREE children’s bike to a lucky attendee, courtesy of Grand Traverse Pie Company and Einstein Cycles.

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WHITE CHRISTMAS
Playing Saturday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 23 at 6:00 pm – Tickets $5

1954/USA/NR/120 min
Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Paramount’s first VistaVision production stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as nightclub entertainers, and Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as a singing-sister act. Through various machinations, the four end up at a financially-troubled rustic inn owned by Bing and Danny’s WWII commanding officer, and plan to bail out the General with a musical show. Along the way they sing Irving Berlin’s title song, “White Christmas,” and fall in love. Ending with a Christmas extravaganza, this classic is a joyous and heartwarming holiday treat.

Before the screenings, moviegoers will be greeted by Santa and there will be a very special reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” plus high school singing groups will lead the audience in the singing of favorite carols.

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LOVE ACTUALLY
Playing Saturday, December 20 at 8:30 pm – Tickets $5

2003/UK/R/135 min
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon and Liam Neeson

The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There’s also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid — but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places.

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THE SHORTEST DAY: FAMILY SHORTS
Playing Sunday, December 21 at 3:30 pm – FREE!

Join us for a special simulcast engagement of some of the best family animation and short films that Canada has to offer on the shortest day of the year. The State Theatre is the only venue in the States where you can see it, too, eh? BYO Tim Hortons!

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Playing Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, December 24 at 1:30 pm – Tickets $5

1946/USA/NR/130 min
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Frank Capra brilliantly and magically captures both the holiday spirit and the American spirit in this beloved film about a good man in depression-era small town America. Facing financial ruin, James Stewart is seriously contemplating suicide when his guardian angel arrives and shows him what his town would have been like if he had never been born. He realizes how many lives he has touched through his existence, and awakens to the fact that, despite all of his troubles, he truly has a wonderful life. With Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

Before the screenings, moviegoers will be greeted by Santa and there will be a very special reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” plus high school singing groups will lead the audience in the singing of favorite carols.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Playing Monday, December 22 at 10:00 am at the State Theatre and Wednesday, December 24 at 2:00 pm at the Bijou by the Bay – Tickets $5

1951/UK/NR/86 min
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions of Charles Dickens’ classic novel is this 1951 British adaptation, starring Alastair Sim (entitled “Scrooge” in its U.K. release). Sim plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as an indentured servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who was as selfish as Scrooge in life and has been condemned to an eternity of wandering the Earth in shackles. Marley informs Scrooge that he’s to receive a trio of spirits that night who will take him on a journey through Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. As Scrooge encounters each apparition, he is taken on a tour of his life and realizes what a wretch he is, transformed by greed from an idealistic youth into an embittered ogre. Infused with a new, cheery outlook, Scrooge sets about earning his redemption.

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ELF QUOTE-ALONG
Playing Monday, December 22 at 6:00 pm – Admission includes interactive goodie bag!

2003/USA/PG/97 min
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

Returning by popular demand!

You know the movie (a hilarious and heartwarming Christmas tale starring Will Ferrell as a human raised as an elf), and you love its joyous and highly-quotable humor, so bring your whole family to join in on the fun at our “Elf” Quote and Sing-Along that was such a success last year we had to bring it back. Admission includes a goodie bag full of interactive treats so we can spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear.

One Christmas Eve, a long time ago, a small baby at an orphanage crawled into Santa’s bag of toys, only to go undetected and accidentally carried back to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Though he was quickly taken under the wing of a surrogate father (Bob Newhart) and raised to be an elf, as he grows to be three sizes larger than everyone else, it becomes clear that Buddy (Will Ferrell) will never truly fit into the elf world. What he needs is to find his real family. This holiday season, Buddy decides to find his true place in the world and sets off for New York City to track down his roots. Although Buddy experiences a world he never knew existed, he quickly learns that life in the big city is not all ice skating and sugarplums, and he finds himself as much an outsider there as back in the North Pole. Buddy seeks out his real father, Walter (James Caan), a workaholic publisher of children’s books with a place on Santa’s naughty list. Walter doesn’t believe Buddy is who or what he says he is; in fact, the only thing Walter believes in with any certainty is the bottom line. Buddy also discovers a new mom (Mary Steenburgen), and learns he has a ten-year-old half-brother (Daniel Tay) who doesn’t believe in Christmas or elves or Santa. In fact, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. With the holiday season fast approaching, Buddy takes it upon himself and his earnest elf ways to win over his family, realize his destiny and, ultimately, save Christmas for New York and the world.

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MIKE’S SURPRISE
Playing Monday, December 22 at 8:45 pm – FREE!

Our head programmer and festival founder Michael Moore will bring a FREE film or event this evening, and you won’t know what it is until the curtain goes up. Don’t miss it!

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THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S
Playing Wednesday, December 24 at 10:30 am at the State Theatre – 25 Cent Classic Matinee – Holiday in Hollywood

1945/USA/NR/126 min
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers

Father Chuck O’Malley is assigned as the pastor of an inner-city Catholic school and has to work with its dedicated but stubborn principal, Sister Mary Benedict. O’Malley and Sister Mary Benedict quarrel frequently. He feels the school should be closed and the children sent to a nearby school with modern facilities, but all of the sisters believe that God will provide for them. Specifically, they put their hopes on Horace P. Bogardus, a businessman who has built a modern building right next door to the school and whom they hope will donate his new edifice to them.

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CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE STATE THEATRE
Playing Wednesday, December 24 at 6:00 pm – FREE!

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse invites those of us of all faith traditions to join us in celebrating the heart of the season. This interfaith celebration of love and peace in a family-friendly service of stories and music will feature also feature Rabbi Chava Bahle.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Playing Friday, December 26 at 10:00 am – Tickets $5

1965/USA/G/174 min
Director: Robert Wise
Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plumber, Eleanor Parker

Baron Von Trapp (Plumber), a widower, runs his home near Salzburg like the ship he once commanded. That changes when Maria (Andrews) arrives from the convent to be the new governess of his seven children. Their romps through the hills inspire all to sing and to find joy in the smallest things — like raindrops on window panes. With a renewed zest for life, the baron hosts a party to introduce his new fiance. Maria knows then she does not want to be a nun. She marries the baron. The happy ever after part is threatened when Austria’s new German rulers want the baron back in military service.

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SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE – PRESENTED IN HECKLEVISION
Playing Friday, December 26 – Times TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

2013/USA/PG-13/86 min
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard

From the studio that brought you “2-Headed Shark Attack,” “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” and “Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus” (plus the first “Sharknado,” of course) comes the second latest, greatest development in Sharksploitation. When a freak hurricane swamps New York (last time the freak hurricane swamped Los Angeles), thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air!

This film is presented in Hecklevision and you are encouraged to text your comments and insults at the screen, where they will be displayed in real time!

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THE THIN MAN
Playing Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30 am at the State Theatre – 25 Cent Classic Matinee – Holiday in Hollywood

1934/USA/NR/91 min
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan

Filmed in 14 days, “The Thin Man” was a sleeper hit, spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Set during the holidays, and including some great holiday party sequences, private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) has just married the lovely and wealthy Nora (Myrna Loy). He has no desire to return to sleuthing, but the thrill-seeking Nora eagerly talks him into taking a new case. With the help of their wire fox terrier, Asta, Nick and Nora manage to uncover several vital clues — including a decomposed corpse. At a fancy dinner party, between cocktails and the first course, Nick solves the mystery and exposes a hidden murderer. The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be adroitly exploited by MGM in several subsequent films, including five additional Thin Man mysteries produced between 1936 and 1948.

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CHICAGO
Playing Wednesday, December 31 at 9:45 pm – New Year’s Eve Party

2002/USA/PG-13/113 min
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, John C. Reilly

It’s a State Theatre tradition to ring in the new year with a family-friendly sing-along movie, complete with party favors. After the movie, go outside and watch the Cherry Drop downtown, or stay warm inside and watch the ball drop in New York on our big screen.

In the mid-’20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron “Mama” Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie’s story — or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie’s story — all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines.

Party favors are included in the regular admission price.

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