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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM

For the holiday weekend, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

(By the way, anybody reading Steve Martin’s tweets from jury duty? Funny stuff.)
Things are quiet at the Times today, as the holiday weekend approaches, and before I disappear I wanted to mention on this blog Seattle’s sweetest holiday movie tradition: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the Grand Illusion Cinema. The G.I., that tiny theater overlooking the corner of N.E. 50th and University Way N.E. in the U-District, is Seattle’s longest-running independent cinema, and for all 40 years of its existence (under several owners; currently it’s a nonprofit run by a hardworking crew of volunteers) the theater has featured a holiday run of Frank Capra’s classic, screening in 35mm. The Grand Illusion’s screen isn’t very big, and it doesn’t have stadium seating or fancy concessions, but seeing this movie there with fellow movie lovers, with Jimmy Stewart’s smile lighting up the room, is a rare treat. “It’s a Wonderful Life” continues at the Grand Illusion every day (including Christmas) through Dec. 30; see the theater’s website for showtimes.
Here’s just a taste of the movie (and if you can watch this without your eyes misting up, you’re made of stronger stuff than me); trust me, it’ll look much better at the Grand Illusion. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend, and may we all “take a cup of kindness yet . . . for auld lang syne.” See you next week.

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