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Hamburg Palace Holiday Film Festival

HAMBURG — The Hamburg Palace Theatre will host a holiday film festival, during the month of December.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22; the film is rated PG and is similar to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” “What would this world be like if I had never been born?” is a question the film explores. The film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell. Director Frank Capra was involved in writing the screenplay, which was taken from the expanded Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story “The Greatest Gift.”

“A Christmas Story” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23; the film is rated PG. This movie recalls what it was like to be a kid at Christmas. A BB gun consumes Ralphie and becomes his obsession. More well-known scenes include the leg lamp, tongue on the pole, “fudge,” Santa’s putting his boot in Ralphie’s face, “don’t shoot your eye out” and more.

Stoogefest South will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30. Seven of the three Stooges short films will be shown; the evening will also include giveaways, raffles and a presentation from the master of ceremonies. The Stooges films will provide comedy, sight gags, one-liners and crazy plots. “Act Like a Stooge” moments will be presented by Len Potwora, who began the festival at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda and has expanded it to the Hamburg Palace Theatre.

The Stooges began playing the Borscht Circuit summer resorts, moved on to night clubs and, in 1934, signed with Columbia Studios for two-reel comedies, at a total of 204. This, the longest-lasting contract in motion picture history, ended Jan. 15, 1958.

The Hamburg Palace Theatre is located at 31 Buffalo St. in Hamburg. Visit or call 648-2678.

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