Where To See Home Alone, Gremlins and Your Other Favorite Holiday Films in Dallas
We recently treated you to the news that seven different theaters in the Dallas area screen Die Hard in December. And you, dear reader, grew excited, because nothing quite says "Happy Holidays" like John McClain scribbling "Now I have a machine gun. HO HO HO" on a terrorist's corpse.
That got us wondering what other cinematic treasures are out there, so we've put together this guide of where to see your other favorite films. Sadly, no one is showing the second greatest holiday movie ever made -- the Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Nic Cage masterpiece Trapped in Paradise -- but that aside, your options are still top notch.
Movie Tavern in Denton The weekly Retro Cinema series that runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday takes a holiday turn in Denton this month. This week they're showing Home Alone, aka the early precursor to the Saw franchise. That's followed up by a film no one should ever pay to see: A Christmas Story. Then the goodie classics Edward Scissorhands, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and the soon to be sequel'd It's A Wonderful Life. Not the most adventurous line-up, but it should make for a nice distraction from those Madea Saves Christmas ads that seem to pop up every 30 seconds on TV.
Presents will be unwrapped at Boogie Nights.
The Magnolia The Tuesday night Big Movie series features several holiday classics, like Boogie Nights, which has a couple of Christmas scenes and Don Cheadle dressed as a cowboy. Like everyone else the Magnolia will show It's a Wonderful Life. Watch it at theater rather than on NBC because of what those bastards did to Parks & Rec.
The Inwood The Midnight Movie series gets holiday flavored with the attempted Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern snuff film, Home Alone. Die Hard, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will also be shown, and later in the month you can catch Elf and the Rocky Horror Picture show. That's right, we've declared Rocky Horror a holiday film. Deal with it.
The Everything Is Terrible Holiday special only makes one stop in Dallas. Brace yourself for the weirdly wonderful.
Texas Theatre I'd argue that no theater in the south does better monthly programming than this Oak Cliff landmark. Wanna challenged me on that? Alright, well find me another historically significant movie house that dared show the 1973 horror classic Silent Night, Bloody Night earlier this month. That's right: just Texas Theatre.
The Jefferson Boulevard haunt has 35-mm screenings of Die Hard, It's a Wonderful Life, and even a special visit by the Everything is Terrible Holiday Special. That last one is a bizarre mash of VHS rarities and weirdness, compiled so trippingly that you'll wonder if your cocoa got dosed.
Alamo Drafthouse As usual the elves over at the Alamo Drafthouse go above and beyond with their holiday programming, providing sing-a-longs, quote-a-longs, and Saturday Morning Cartoons. There's a quote-a-long with Bad Santa, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Elf. You can sing-a-along to WHAM!, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Santa. You can get your holiday goth on with Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, get "girlie" with Love Actually, and even watch live pyrotechnics during Die Hard. The Drafthouse is also showing the third, and fourth best Holiday movies ever, Gremlins, and the Bill Murray greatness of Scrooge.
Get the Arts & Culture Newsletter
Find out about arts and culture events in Dallas and offers you won't hear about anywhere else.