MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS & Film Screenings Set for Paramount Theatre's Holiday Season
The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora, Illinois, is your home for holiday entertainment this December, with a surprising variety of seasonal pleasures for young and old.
Gather the kids and schedule a traditional family outing for the holidays by visiting ParamountAurora.com or calling the box office at (630) 896-6666 to purchase tickets to any of Paramount Theatre's 2013-14 holiday presentations:
A Christmas Story
Monday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Paramount's Classic Movie Mondays series will present four consecutive holiday family classics every Monday in December, plus a special Christmas Eve morning matinee, each for the incredibly low price of just $1.
The series kicks off December 2nd with A Christmas Story, shown on the Paramount's gigantic silver screen via a state-of-the-art digital projector. In the small town of Hohman, Indiana, a young boy named Ralphie Parker pleads with his family for a Red Ryder BB Gun, only to be warned: "You'll shoot your eye out." A series of comic misadventures besets the Parker household, leading to a memorable Christmas for all. Starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, and Melinda Dillon. Directed by Bob Clark. Rated PG. 94 minutes. 1983. Sponsored by Waubonsee Community College.
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
Presented in the 216-seat Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., directly across from the Paramount
You've seen some of their brightest stars in TV and movies, and now the comedians of Chicago's world-famous Second City return to the intimate 216-seat Copley Theatre with their usual brand of brash and irreverent humor-and a different sort of holiday cheer. This troupe will put grins on your face and laughs in your belly with their whip-smart improvisation, hilarious and offbeat songs, and a willingness to skewer any topic you can name. Last season's revue sold out nearly every show, so buy tickets now if you don't want to be left out in the cold. Rated R. Sponsored byCBK Global Enterprises.
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Charles Jones
Saturday, December 7 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Monday,December 9 special daytime performances 9 a.m. and Noon
Tickets: $25 for children 12 and under, $35 for adults, $14 for Monday performances
The holiday tradition returns to life at the Paramount in a delightful and surprising new production, featuring lively music, gorgeous dance, breathtaking costumes, and magical design that evoke the wonder and spirit of Christmas. In Dickens' classic tale, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and given the chance to redeem himself and be better to his fellow man. Featuring a host of iconic characters, this is A Christmas Carol that makes a perfect holiday outing for the whole family. Supported bythe Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. With additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council and General Mills Foundation. Sponsored by Radio Disney.
It's A Wonderful Life
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m.
Classic Movie Mondays continues with this timeless Christmas tradition, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore. Good-hearted, idealistic George Bailey is stricken with ruin and despair, and contemplates that his loved ones would be better off if he'd never been born. A compassionate angel grants him a look at such a world, and Bailey begins to understand how many lives he's touched and how many of those lives touched him back. Directed by Frank Capra. Rated PG. 130 minutes. 1946. Sponsored by Waubonsee Community College.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Saturday, December 14 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $59 and $69
For over a quarter of a century the American Christmas season has included the musical arrangements and uplifting harmonies of Mannheim Steamroller. With over 16 best-selling albums of classical Christmas music to their credit, it's easy to hear why they're considered the premier choral interpreter of Yuletide standards. This December, experience this beloved act live with your whole family, led by the group's founder Chip Davis. 'Tis the season to be jolly-let Mannheim Steamroller get you in the holiday mood. Sponsored by 95.9 The River.