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From a Grinch to gremlins, holiday favorites return to local movie theaters

Local theaters are getting into the holiday spirit with free or low-cost showings of Christmas movies over the next month. Kids favorites, family comedies, nostalgic cinema classics – you’re sure to find a showing below that scratches that holiday itch.

A highlight of the season is the Aurora Theatre’s annual transformation into Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the 2000 live-action retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss story, starring Jim Carrey. Thanks to a private collector, the theater features props, memorabilia and costumes from the film in its lobby during the holidays each year.

It's part of the "Hollywood Holidays" free film series that runs weekends through Dec. 22 and includes visits from Santa each Saturday morning. On Grinch Day, Dec. 7, visitors will get an additional dose of movie magic and have the chance to mingle with characters from the film, plus the collector. Anyone stopping by throughout the season is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a cash donation for the Kaely’s Kindness Foundation.

Even if you can’t attend Grinch Day, don’t worry – there’s bound to be another holiday favorite that fits into your schedule. Check out the options below.

Hollywood Holidays Free Holiday Films
The Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora). Free.

Friday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.: “The Grinch” (2018, animated)

Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.: “Elf”

Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.: “White Christmas”

Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.: “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.: “The Star”

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m.: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.: “A Christmas Story”

Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.: “The Polar Express”

Sunday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Hamburg Palace Free Family Event
Hamburg Palace (31 Buffalo St., Hamburg)

Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.: “The Polar Express”

North Park Winter Weekends Family Matinees
North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Tickets: $5.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Sunday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Shea’s Free Family Film Series
Shea’s Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Free

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: “The Polar Express”

Screening Room Cinema Cafe Holiday Shows
The Screening Room (880 Alberta Drive, Amherst). Tickets: $7/$6; $10 on trivia night.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.: “Home Alone”

Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life” followed by trivia

Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Thursday, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.: “Home Alone”

Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m.: “Home Alone”

Sunday, Dec. 22, 5 p.m.: “Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)”

Sunday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Monday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m.: “Home Alone”

Monday, Dec. 23, 5 p.m.: “Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)”

Monday, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Regal Classic Holiday Movie Offer
Regal Walden Galleria and Regal Quaker Crossing. Tickets: $5.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m.: “Elf”

Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.: “Gremlins”

Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.: “The Polar Express”

Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

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