The Smith Opera House brings “A Christmas Story,” humorist Jean Shepard's vignette-laden, nostalgic view of Christmastime in the 1940s, back to the big screen for the first time in a generation at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 21 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 22.
“A Christmas Story” ranks as one of the funniest holiday tales on film. Set in a 1940s-era Midwestern town and told from the viewpoint of nine-year old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) who only wants one thing for Christmas, a “Red Ryder carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, with a compass on the stock and this thing which tells time,” the episodic tale chronicles not only his schemes to convince his mother and father to buy him one, but also offers a warmly nostalgic look into 1940s middle-class American life. Ralphie not only wants this BB gun, he's consumed with an aching desire for it. Unfortunately, his mother (Melinda Dillon) repeatedly crushes his dreams with the familiar, harsh mantra: “You'll shoot your eye out!”
Among the movie's highlights are a surrealistic visit with little brother Randy to a department store Santa, and the childlike mixture of delight, pride, and awe with which Ralphie's dad (Darren McGavin) takes possession of a spectacularly gaudy prize he's won in a radio contest.
With a running time of 94 minutes, this film is rated PG. All seats for this special holiday screening are $3.
The Smith invites patrons to bring a canned good or other non-perishable food to be donated to local food pantries and receive a free bag of popcorn at the concession stand.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.
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