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Coming to the Normal Theater

July 11, 2009

Normal, Illinois definitely has its points.  such as the chance to see these movies on the big screen:

Thursday, 16 July and Friday, 17 July, 7:00 pm:
The War Of The Worlds, classic 1953 version

Saturday, 18 July and Sunday, 19 July, 7:00 pm:
The Day The Earth Stood Still, classic black & white version

Thursday, 23 July and Friday, 24 July, 7:00 pm:
Monty Python & the Holy Grail

Those of you without a community-owned fully-restored 1930’s era Art Deco theater that shows foreign and classic films for $6 with $1 treats, sorry to gloat, but the Normal theater is awesome.

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  1. July 12, 2009 at 22:11 | #1

    I so wish I could sneak in a trip to Normal on July 24th now…

  2. July 13, 2009 at 00:41 | #2

    I have to admit, DoF, I am a little jealous.

    A lot jealous.

  3. July 13, 2009 at 06:35 | #3

    We’ve got one of those in downtown Frederick, MD too.  Not only do they show classic films (and some that are just barely classics) they still get live acts and community theater acts.  Ours is called the “Weinberg”.

    I’ve seen “Singing in the Rain”, “Ghostbusters” and most recently saw the dance concert put on by the studio that my wife teaches for.  The last “act” I remember being billed was Gallagher.

  4. July 13, 2009 at 06:51 | #4

    I so seldom go to theaters, it doesn’t much matter what they are showing.

    Since I am a bit anti-social, TV is great for me for any movies, classic or otherwise.

  5. July 13, 2009 at 13:06 | #5

    I’m not familiar with the b&w version of “War of the Worlds”—just the 50s George Pal version, which was in glorious color (and is still a great film to watch).

  6. July 13, 2009 at 13:36 | #6

    Yeah, you’re right.  I’ve changed it to “classic 1953 version” in your honor.

    First time I ever saw it was probably on a b&w TV, even though I’ve since seen it in color.

  7. July 13, 2009 at 15:00 | #7

    Ah.  I recognize that syndrome.

    Love those swan-necked Martian war machines …

  8. July 13, 2009 at 16:34 | #8

    They were rather graceful engines of destruction, weren’t they?

    My favorite line from that movie:

    Military guy: “Is that possible?”
    Heroic scientist: “If they do it, it is.”

  9. July 13, 2009 at 16:42 | #9

    Truly lovely.  Beautiful but unearthly.

    In later years, I lived just north of the Chino Hills, which in the movie is way out in the boonies.  It was amusing to track where in what is now endless suburbs and freeways they were dropping an A-bomb.

  10. September 26, 2009 at 10:07 | #10

    Oh, I wish there were still proper theaters here. A few years ago we had a film club that would rent various places and show classic movies (they had a Kubrick marathon a few years ago – Barry Lyndon is a seriously underappreciated film) but the movie-going public seems to be content with only seeing the top-grossing Hollywood dreck, so they quit.

    Now all the theaters are owned by two companies, resulting in very little competition and no “alternative” theaters. One company has the rights to HP movies, the other gets Twilight (*retch*) and so on.

    Twice a year this changes, since we have the “Green Light” festival (showing new alternative films) and RIFF (showing shitty shorts&docs; mostly). This year the latter had what I believe was the very first RHPS proper screening, with costumes and throwing stuff and such. Too rare. And I couldnt bloody afford to go. Wah.

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