What is remarkable about It's a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it's one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age.

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

It’s a Wonderful Life

Film • Dec 17–Dec 18

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This film is part of our Holly Jolly Hollywood Series. $5 tickets are available for children ages 12 and under.

Director: Frank Capra

Do you really think we’d let a holiday season pass without the film in which the protagonist gleefully exclaims: “Merry Christmas, movie house!”?

Recreated, referenced, and parodied countless times over decades of pop culture, It’s a Wonderful Life is a celebration of human generosity and kindness. James Stewart brings the same same wide-eyed good intentions that epitomized his role in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, to tell the story of George Bailey, a man who has lived his life deferring his dreams for the sake of others. A story of love, humor, wit and heartbreak, It’s a Wonderful Life follows George as he marries his sweetheart (the dazzling Donna Reed), advocates for affordable housing and combats the greed of the town’s cruel business leader Mr. Potter. A movie for anyone who likes their Holiday Season with a heavy helping of renewed hope and a sing -a-long ending of “Auld Lang Syne.”

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1946. USA. 130 minutes. PG.