It’s a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra · 1946
130min · 35mm
Playing Dec 8 through Dec 28

Friday, Dec 8: 6:45 pm
Saturday, Dec 9: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 10: 4:00 pm
Monday, Dec 11: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec 14: 7:00 pm
Friday, Dec 15: 6:45 pm
Saturday, Dec 16: 3:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 17: 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec 19: 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec 20: 7:00 pm
Thursday, Dec 21: 7:00 pm
Friday, Dec 22: 7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 23: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 24: 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec 26: 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec 27: 7:00 pm
Thursday, Dec 28: 7:00 pm

This cinema’s 53rd consecutive engagement on 35mm film! (But please know that a few showings may be digitally projected due to staffing). Playing through December 28th!

Showtimes for Christmas Day will be posted soon, pending staff availability.

“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


The Monday, 12/11, screening is pay-what-you-can.

On Wednesday, 12/20, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration in memory of writer Jim Caple. In October 2023, we lost a wonderful man, a brilliant sportswriter, and a dedicated cinephile in Jim Caple. Dating back to the early 1980s, friends and family describe being introduced to It’s A Wonderful Life, one of Jim’s favorite films, when, first as a UW student, later as a world traveler, he would bring folks to the Grand Illusion for a holiday viewing. In Jim’s memory a portion of the proceeds from this screening will be donated to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, an organization, as described by Jim’s wife Vicki Shuman, that provided support and information about Jim’s diagnosis and help for both of them to navigate the day-to-day.

Please note: As of this time, all screenings listed so far will be on 35mm except the following, which will be projected digitally and will still look fabulous!

  • Saturday, December 16 3:00 PM