Theaters are typically packed with people this time of year, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life”, as Frank Capra’s 1946 touching holiday returns to the big screen on Holiday The people An annual week long run At the IFC Center in New York.
But now many theaters are dark, forcing fans to be creative in search of a more communal experience.
Here are some (mostly) digital ways to expand the magic of classic Christmas cinema.
‘This is amazing life’
The annual festival goes virtual at the 10-year-old It’s a Wonderful Life Museum in Seneca Falls, NY. This year the museum is celebrating the 74th anniversary of this treasured film.
Fridays through December 13, is a jam-packed calendar of online events. Among the highlights are a series of chats with three actors who played the Bailey children: Caroline Grimes (Zuzu), Carol Coombs Muller (Jenny) and Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy). Gene Voices, who portrayed young Violet and is now a psychologist, discusses having an epidemic during “A Wonderful Life.” There is also an “Auld Lang Sin” singalong on the zoom and an “It’s a Wonderful Life” watch party. (Stream the film Amazon head, But for the love of Christmas, avoid the colored version.)
There will be online meet-and-garts and chats with many popular actors, including Melissa Joan Hart (“Holiday in Handcuffs”) and Joey Lawrence (“Hitch for the Holidays”). The panel will be moderated by Jacqueline Collier and Shalini Manjunath-Holbrook of Hallmark Channel’s Babli Sesh Podcast. Children can schedule a virtual trip with Santa.
More than 9,000 people attended the Christmas Con last year, according to Thats4Entertainment co-owner Christina Figolia, who organized the event. Figologia said it planned a digital axis after hearing from fans in the epidemic this year.
“We had to go virtual. It means a lot to a lot of people.
‘A Christmas Story’
this 1983 Family Comedy A red rider is about young Ralphie Parker and his frenzied search for air rifles Christmas film for many families.
For a more immersive experience, Christmas Story House & Museum, Located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, tourism and Stays overnight The house where parts of the film were shot. (Mask requirements and other epidemic protocols are in effect.) Its online gift shop will ship as fan merchandise Foot lamp And Pink bunny suit pajamas.
The museum also hosts the website 24/7 online live stream Which gives the viewer a bird’s eye view of the house. When a Cleveland blizzard hits, the camera offers fans an almost cinematic vista.
It brings the year 1954 as a group of entertainers starring Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kay to enjoy two new modes of entertainment that try to save a failed Vermont in World War II Huh.
a New exhibition The Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, SC, features original costumes, props and memorabilia from the film, much of it from the permanent collection Rosemary Clooney House In Augusta, Ky.
Short videos about the exhibition are for the museum to view for free Instagram And Youtube Channel. Among the highlights are Edith Head’s shimmering blue costumes that she designed to wear to Clooney and Vera-Allen when she sang the sassy number “Sisters”.
For a larger screen experience, in Chicago, where the Music Box Theater is presenting “White Christmas” (and “It’s a Wonderful Life”) is on the Chi-Town Movies drive-in on Friday 24 December, by several dates. Each outdoor show kicks off with a Christmas carol singal.