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Sunrise Theater is celebrating the holiday season with a movie series that is sure to be enjoyed by every member of the family. From Thursday November 18 until December 23, the Sunrise will screen favorite classic movies every Thursday evening (and on a Tuesday). Tickets cost $ 10.

Starting the series on November 18, with the perfect movie to celebrate Thanksgiving is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. Steve Marin plays an advertiser who tries to get home for Thanksgiving in peace, but his efforts are hampered by an adorable goof in the form of a shower curtain ring salesman played by John Candy. The film was written by John Hughes and was inspired by an actual flight he was on that was diverted to Wichita. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is sponsored by Sandhills Fliers. The runtime is 93 minutes. The film is rated R.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Sunrise continues its tradition of having a free screening of “The Last Waltz”. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the concert film chronicles the group’s last performance on Thanksgiving Day in 1976. It features a myriad of musical performances from celebrities including Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, and many , a lot More. Take note of the stage decorations as they were borrowed from a local performance of “Gone with the Wind” performed in San Francisco. “The Last Waltz” is sponsored by Howell Masonry. The runtime is 117 minutes and the movie is rated PG.

The December 2 classic is the 1988 action thriller “Die Hard” and yes, it’s a Christmas movie! The film stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, an NYPD cop who visits Los Angeles and tries to reconnect with his ex-wife. When a hostage-taking occurs at a Christmas party in Nakatomi Plaza, it’s up to John to save the day and take down the German terrorists responsible. If you want to see more of Bruce Willis’ famous undershirt in the movie, you can head to Washington, DC, where it’s located in the Smithsonian. “Die Hard” is sponsored by Against the Grain Shoppe. Rated R, the film lasts 132 minutes.


The December 9 holiday classic is “Elf,” the 2003 comedy. The story centers on Buddy, played by Will Ferrell, who is a human raised by elven parents in the North Pole. Realizing that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to find his biological father (James Caan). If the image of Will Ferrell in an elf costume shocks you, you’re not the only one. Several minor accidents occurred while filming a scene in the Lincoln Tunnel when the drivers were so distracted. “Elf” is sponsored by Knicker’s Lingerie. Classified PG, it lasts 97 minutes.

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1989’s perennial favorite “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” hits the Sunrise screen on December 16. The film features Chevy Chase reprising her role as Clark Griswold. He and the rest of the Griswold clan prepare for a big Christmas family reunion, which, as you might expect, ends in chaos. Knicker’s Lingerie is also sponsoring this movie, which is rated PG-13 and runs for 97 minutes.

Polar Express

In another Sunrise Theater tradition, there will be a free screening of “The Polar Express” on Tuesday, December 21st. The animated film features Tom Hanks in several characters, including the conductor. As the sun rises, sponsor Mike Murphy will be disguised as a conductor and mint gold tickets for guests as they arrive for the show. The 2004 film shows the journey of a boy who takes a magical train journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. In a scene in the engine room, you can see a workflow capacitor in the background. It’s a nod to “Back to the Future”, another film by director Robert Zemeckis. The Murphy Insurance Agency is sponsoring this G rated film, which lasts 100 minutes.

It's a wonderful life

The classic 1946 Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” ends the holiday film series. The film centers on George Bailey (James Stewart). On Christmas Eve, George’s uncle misplaces $ 8,000 from their building and loan company. Thinking the world would be a better place without him, George considers jumping off a bridge. A kind angel named Clarence comes down just in time and shows George what the world would be like if he had never been born. In the scene where Uncle Billy comes out drunk from Bailey’s house, it looks like he’s stumbling across some trash cans on the sidewalk. It was actually a crew member accidentally dropping a prop tray. Thomas Mitchell improvised and shouted, “I’m fine, I’m fine! and director Frank Capra left it in the final cut. He even paid the machinist a bonus of $ 10. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is sponsored by Knicker’s Lingerie. Rated PG, the film lasts 130 minutes.

Most Sunrise Holiday film series screenings take place on Thursdays at 6.30pm, with the exception of ‘The Polar Express on Tuesday December 21st.

Tickets are $ 10 and are available at the door or in advance at the Sunrise Theater box office, online at, or by calling (910) 692-3611.

The theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.

The Sunrise Theater is a thriving entertainment hub featuring first-run and independent films, music concerts, local theater, and live broadcasts from the Met Opera and Bolshoi Ballet. The Sunrise Theater continues to be the cornerstone of the theater and entertainment arts in the North Carolina Sandhills, dedicated to serving the community.

The Sunrise Theater (The Sunrise Preservation Group, Inc.) is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Andrea G. Henderson