Three free holiday movies at Coronado

• How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story and Elf to be featured Dec. 13

Staff Report

The Coronado Cinema Series will feature three holiday movies Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. The event is free and open to the public.

The community was active in selecting the movies by participating in a voting contest presented by Coronado Cinema Series sponsor, 97ZOK. Doors to the historic Coronado Theatre will open at 10:15 a.m., and the holiday movie line-up includes the following:

• 11 a.m. — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas;

• 1 p.m. — A Christmas Story; and

• 3 p.m. — Elf.

Holiday organ music will be played by a representative from the Land of Lincoln Theater Organ Society (LOLTOS) in between shows. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Coronado, although outside food and beverage is not allowed. Individuals can stop in for just one movie or stay for all three.

The third date of the Coronado Cinema Series will be Saturday, March 21, 2015. Details and movie selections for that date will be announced at a later date.

For more details, visit or find on Facebook by searching Friday Night Flix.

Following are descriptions of the three movies to be featured Dec. 13:

• Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss, this American fantasy comedy film is based in the city of Whoville, where everyone celebrates Christmas with much happiness and joy, with the exception of the cynical and misanthropic Grinch, who despises Christmas.

• A Christmas Story In this 1980s classic, Ralphie has to persuade his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

• Elf After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community because of his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

From the Dec. 10-16, 2014, issue

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