Flagstaff experienced the first snowfall of the season Wednesday, Nov. 20. Nearly six inches of snow blanketed our fair city, reminding us of a few things: winter is indeed coming, the holidays are near and, of course, the Orpheum Theater and the Downtown Business Alliance will soon begin its annual Winter Movie Series.
Every year the DBA and the Orpheum Theater present this free movie series featuring holiday classics for adults and children alike. This year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, the series will feature everything from animated Grinches to Will Ferrell-sized elves. Bring the kids, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy these holiday favorites in a historic venue.
11.30 | The Grinch (2018)
Directed by Scott Mosier & Yarrow Cheney
He’s a mean one. Based on Dr. Seuss’ classic 1957 children’s book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, this animated adaptation features the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Keenan Thomson and Angela Lansbury, and is narrated by Pharrell Williams. When the town of Whoville decides to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch, with help from his loyal dog Max, hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.
12.07 | Home Alone (1990)
Directed by Chris Columbus
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Let’s be honest: The career criminals (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) in Home Alone were not that bright. Nonetheless, this movie has become a holiday classic and for good reasons. After the McCallister family mistakenly leaves for the airport without their son Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), 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 plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
12.14 | The Polar Express (2004)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
All aboard. Based on the beloved 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, the film takes viewers on an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, following a young boy as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. The movie features Tom Hanks (in seven different roles), Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye and Michael Jeter, in his final performance before his death the following year.
12.21 | Elf (2003)
Directed by Jon Favreau
Will Ferrell stars in this modern holiday classic about a human—a really big human—raised as an elf. When Buddy (Ferrell) is accidently transported to the North Pole, he is raised 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. Fun fact: Since its release, the film has been adapted into a Broadway musical and a stop-motion animated television special.