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$5 General Admission

$4 Seniors 60+

 

 Box Office Opens 1 Hour before Showtime


House Opens 30 minutes before Showtime

 
Holiday Inn
Friday - Sunday, November 24 - 26
Starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire & Marjorie Reynolds

 

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.


The Strand is delighted to bring back one of Golden Hollywood's all-time classics, presented in glorious black and white on our 25' screen!  Long-time fans and first-time film enthusiasts will enjoy this patriotic look at American holidays, featuring music by Irving Berlin!

Contrary to what many may believe, this was the first time that the iconic song, White Christmas, was presented on film, and not the movie of the same name, which was released 12 years later.  When Irving Berlin won the Oscar for this song, he became the first artist in history to present himself with an Academy Award!  Until 1997, White Christmas was the best selling music single ever. It was passed at that time by Goodbye, England's Rose, the Elton John rework of Candle in the Wind done for Princess Diana's funeral. These two songs still rank #1 & 2.

The firecracker dance was added to the movie as a patriotic response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which happened during filming. It took three days of rehearsal and two days to film. Fred Astaire
 did 38 takes before he was satisfied with it. The crew members had to wear goggles during filming, because the sand from the firecrackers flew into their faces. Later, Astaire's shoes for the dance were auctioned off for $116,000 worth of war bonds.

The animated Thanksgiving sequence, in which a turkey jumps back and forth on the calendar between the third and fourth Thursday in November, is a topical reference to the "Franksgiving" controversy. In 1939 and 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt' attempted to change Thanksgiving to the third Thursday in November, instead of the fourth, in an effort to bolster holiday retail sales by starting the Christmas season one week early. This led to a joint resolution in Congress, which Roosevelt signed into law in 1941, officially designating the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.


Friday, November 24  7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee, November  25  2:00 pm
Sunday Matinee, November 26  4:00 pm

1942  Unrated | Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes