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December 8-11, 15-28

It's A Wonderful Life

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It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA
130min / 35mm

Our 47th consectutive engagement!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr

12/22 screenings: Seattle Democratic Socialists of America will give a brief introduction and discuss their work advocating for a Seattle Public Bank (similar to the Bailey Building & Loan).

Showtimes:
Grand Illusion members get in free to all screenings (space permitting)!
12/11: 730pm FREE FOR EVERYONE!
12/15: 630pm & 9pm
12/16 & 12/17: 4pm & 630pm
12/18–12/22: 630pm & 9pm
12/23: 4pm, 630pm & 9pm
12/24: 4pm
12/25: 4pm
12/26–12/28: 7pm


December 12

Potamkin

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Potamkin

Presented by EXcinema
Stephen Broomer / 2017, Canada
66min / 16mm

"In 1933, at age 33, Harry Alan Potamkin died of complications related to starvation, at a time when he was one of the world's most respected film critics. In his writings, he advocated for a cinema that would simultaneously embrace the fractures and polyphony of modern life and the equitable social vision of left radical politics. This film-biography is assembled out of distorted fragments of films on which he had written, an impression of erupting consciousness." Stephen Broomer

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


December 13

Christmas Evil

Christmas Evil

Lewis Jackson / 1980, USA
100min / Digital

Harry Stadling (Brandon Maggert) is obsessed with Christmas! In fact he wants to "be the authentic Santa Claus, with a real suit, sleigh and reindeer'. Ever since he learned the 'truth' about Santa, he's tried to make Christmas a reality. Growing up a toy maker, Harry is met with naysayers and critics who mock him for his yuletide beliefs. But he wants people to get the presents they deserve, even if that means giving the gift of murder! Cynics and uptight hypocrites beware! Lewis Jackson's classic black comedy horror film, CHRISTMAS EVIL (aka YOU BETTER WATCH OUT!) is, according to cult film director/auteur John Waters, 'the best seasonal film of all time. I wish I had kids. I'd make them watch it every year and, if they didn't like it, they'd be punished!'

Showtimes:
Wed: 8pm


December 14

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Paul Mazursky / 1969, USA
105min / 35mm

Taking sharp, right-on satirical jabs at the late-'60s vogue for wife-swapping and the spouting of vague psycho-babble, this notorious (in its time) sex comedy, set in California, tells the story of four friends who decide to cut loose and experiment with sexual freedom. Bob and Carol consider themselves a free-thinking modern couple in step with the times. Both freely see other lovers and even smoke a little dope. Their closest friends are the stuffy Ted and Alice who cannot understand the free-wheeling ways of Bob and Carol who in turn cannot understand why Ted and Alice are always so uptight. The erotic hijinks begin when the four friends attend a special sex workshop and decide to try their hands at a foursome.

Showtimes:
Thurs: 730pm


December 16

Elves

Elves

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
1989, USA
90min / VHS

Three teenage girls in In a botched anti-Christmas ritual in the woods accidentally awaken an elf that has been dormant for generations. Eventually, the elf works his way over to the mall where it begins his murderous rampage by offing Santa. Coincidentally, our three BFFs happen to be also having an after-hours sexy sleepover mall party and the carnage continues! An insane plot twist where Nazis are breeding elves with humans to create a master race rounds out this completely bonkers holiday epic. Special thanks to Scarecrow Video, aren't you a member yet? ONLY ON VHS, ONLY $2!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


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