“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — described as part “Harry Potter,” part “Lord of the Rings” and equal parts lord of the jungle and lord of the Bible — will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Smith Opera House.
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is the first of C.S. Lewis' classic “Chronicles of Narnia” tales to make it to the screen as a live-action adventure. By combining the story's deeply felt drama with action, comedy and a computer-generated lion, this new Disney tale returns the fabled studio to the summits of its glory years.
The picture, set in England during World War II, opens with an air raid, as four siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie — and their mother scramble for safety. It's decided, as it was for many English children at the time, that the young Pevensies should be sent away to the countryside to stay with a mysterious and eccentric uncle, Professor Kirke, played by Jim Broadbent, who makes two mischievous, whiskery appearances in the movie, one at the beginning and one at the end — stay in your seat when the end credits start.
As part of the Smith's new “Winter Break” series, the film will be screened at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 as part of a $5 double-feature, and following “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” at noon.
It will also be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24; at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Rated PG, this fantasy has a running time of 2:20; all seats are $3.
For details, call (315) 781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE (5483).