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Holidays

6 Films on Screen

The holidays come but once a year and, as always, the Dryden Theatre is here to help fulfill your cinematic needs. Foremost on our minds this season are 75th anniversary screenings of two holiday films nominated for Best Picture of 1947: Miracle on 34th Street and The Bishop’s Wife. Both have been re-made in recent years, but it is these original classics that still keep our yule log burning bright. We always like to have a Christmas Carol adaptation in our series and this year sees the return of the oft-requested musical version Scrooge, starring Albert Finney. December’s “Make Mine Musicals” screening kicks off a week of holiday films with Meet Me in St. Louis, where Judy Garland first brought “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to the big screen. And we also have modern holiday classics, for the kid and the adult in all of us. Macaulay Culkin is left Home Alone over Thanksgiving weekend and Bruce Willis finds that he has to “die harder” in Die Hard 2. There’s no shortage of holiday cheer at the Dryden, so grab your elves, hop in your sleigh, and warm yourself at the glow of the silver screen.

 

Dates and Titles:

November 25: Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)

November 26: Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990)

December 2: Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)

December 3: Scrooge (Ronald Neame, 1970)

December 10: The Bishop’s Wife (Henry Koster, 1947)

December 17: Die Hard 2: Die Harder (Renny Harlin, 1991)

December 21: Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)

December 22: The Bishop’s Wife (Henry Koster, 1947)

December 23: Scrooge (Ronald Neame, 1970)

December 24: Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)

Events in this Series

Friday, December 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Miracle on 34th Street

Dryden Theatre

Holidays | Best Picture Nominees of 1947 Released in the summer of 1947, Miracle on 34th Street has nonetheless grown into a perennial favorite, bridging the season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. When the Santa Clause hired for the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade turns up drunk, a jolly, bearded man named Kris (Edmund Gwenn) volunteers for the job.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Scrooge

Dryden Theatre

Holidays Charles Dickens’s immortal classic comes to life in this musical adaptation with songs and music by Leslie Bricusse, who had recently done the same for the enormously popular Doctor Dolittle (1967).

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Saturday, December 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Bishop’s Wife

Dryden Theatre

Holidays | Best Picture Nominees of 1947 Come Christmastime, Bishop Brougham (David Niven) finds his life in tatters: he can’t come up with the funds for a new cathedral, and his wife (Loretta Young) seems to be losing faith in their marriage.

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Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Dryden Theatre

Holidays “How can the same stuff happen to the same guy twice?” John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back after the hostage situation at Nakatomi Plaza. A year later, he is waiting at Dulles Airport for his wife’s flight from California so they can visit her family at Christmas.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Meet Me in St. Louis

Dryden Theatre

Holidays | Make Mine Musicals Judy Garland stars as Esther Smith, one of four daughters of a prominent St. Louis businessman around the time of the World’s Fair in 1903. 

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Thursday, December 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Bishop’s Wife

Dryden Theatre

Holidays | Best Picture Nominees of 1947 Come Christmastime, Bishop Brougham (David Niven) finds his life in tatters: he can’t come up with the funds for a new cathedral, and his wife (Loretta Young) seems to be losing faith in their marriage.

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Friday, December 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Scrooge

Dryden Theatre

Holidays Charles Dickens’s immortal classic comes to life in this musical adaptation with songs and music by Leslie Bricusse, who had recently done the same for the enormously popular Doctor Dolittle (1967).

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Saturday, December 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Meet Me in St. Louis

Dryden Theatre

Holidays Judy Garland stars as Esther Smith, one of four daughters of a prominent St. Louis businessman around the time of the World’s Fair in 1903. 

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