Buddy The Elf, Clark Griswold and The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker are all coming soon to the big screen in Newport, RI.

Along with their great regular programming, Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center will host the following three Christmas classics in December.

On a non-related Christmas programming note, don’t miss Concert Film: “Mumford & Sons, Live from South Africa, Dust & Thunder” at the Jane Pickens Theater on December 8th!

Cinema For A Cause: Elf – Sunday, December 11th at 1 p.m.

The Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center & Newport’s Memorial Funeral Home present the annual screening of Elf as a food drive to benefit the vitally important local non-profit Martin Luther King Center in Newport. On December 11 at 1 p.m at The JPT, 49 Touro Street, Newport the now-classic holiday film elf- starring a hilarious Will Ferrell alongside Hollywood movie royalty James Caan. Elf has in recent years reached the status of not-to-be-missed Christmastime film. Directed by Jon Favreau (who also shares co-writer credit), elf is the touching and side-splitting story of a north pole toymaker who sets off to the Big Apple in search of his father.

This community event will benefit the MLK Community Center- which now in their 94th year of operation counts among their many missions and programs hunger services for local families in need of assistance, especially around the holidays. The 501(c)(3) also runs a daily breakfast program, a food pantry and a monthly food delivery program called Food 2 Friends. They are a vital organization to Newport County.

The only price of admission is a canned good (as much as you’d like to give). All donations will benefit local citizens.

Family and friends, young and old are invited to experience a film that truly entertains across generations. There is something for all in this magical story, as there should be plentiful food for all who are hungry. The Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center encourages those attending to arrive early for the solo afternoon showing which has become ever more popular as the event gains notice. Here’s to laughter and cheer and helping our neighbors while we do it!

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker – Sunday, December 18th at 12:55 p.m

Experience an encore presentation of The Bolshoi version of The Nutcracker. This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairytale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. (THE NUTCRACKER was recorded live on December 21, 2014)

Tickets are $17 per person. Buy Tickets & More Information About This Event

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Thursday, December 22nd at 8pm

What’s Up Newp and the Jane Pickens Theater & Events Center presents National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party! Enjoy a very special holiday screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) and the biggest and best ugliest holiday sweater party of the season!

Tickets are $10 per person. Cash bar. Buy tickets and more information about this event.

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