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The Normal Theater is temporarily closed as we all do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19, but there are still films for you to enjoy at home while supporting the theater. 

Check out the titles below, or visit our Online Screenings page for more information.



The first entry in the MAGNOLIA PICTURES: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE DOCS programming series, RBG was a favorite with Normal Theater audiences when we showed it during its initial run. The film explores the exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. PG / 98 min. 10% of ticket sales will benefit NYU Langone’s Food Pantry, The Table.

Join us for a live Q&A on Wednesday, 5/20 at 7:00pm CT with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, moderated by Melena Ryzik from the New York Times. If you have a question you’d like to ask the filmmakers, you can send that over to in advance of the discussion.

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Mara and Jo, in their twenties, have been close friends since middle school. Jo, the more outgoing figure, is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships. Mara, a less splashy personality than Jo, bounces among teacher aide jobs while trying to land a position in elementary education, and writes fiction in her spare time. She too has a transient romantic life, though she seems to settle down after meeting Adam, a mild-mannered software developer. It soon becomes apparent that Jo, despite her intellectual gifts, is unreliable in her professional life, losing and acquiring jobs at a troubling rate. Substance abuse may be responsible for Jo’s instability… but some observers suspect a deeper problem. Over the course of a decade, the more stable Mara sometimes tries to help, sometimes backs away to preserve herself, but never leaves behind her powerful childhood connection with Jo. NR / 94 min.


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Jong Ougie Pak’s beautiful ode to the city of New York, which premiered at BAMcinemaFest. After failing his university entrance exams for the third year in a row, Min Suk, a directionless twenty-something Korean man, travels to New York to visit his long-distance girlfriend Yeon Jae. Over the course of a rollercoaster week, he experiences both the thrill of losing himself in a new city and the bitter realization that his relationship is gradually imploding. A romantic, outsider’s view of New York shot in elegiac black and white, Sunrise/Sunset perfectly captures the wonder and disorientation that comes with being a stranger adrift in a strange land. (courtesy of BAMcinemaFest) NR / 47 min.

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The next entry in the MAGNOLIA PICTURES: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE DOCS programming series is LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. R / 121 min. 10% of ticket sales will benefit the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund.

Join us for a live Q&A on Wednesday, 5/27 at 7:00pm CT with Chaz Ebert in conversation with director Steve James. If you have a question you’d like to ask you can send that over to in advance of the discussion.

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Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host for this new documentary exploring the intersection of music and culture in New Orleans. The film features personal reflections from New Orleans’ most impactful musicians including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers. NR / 104 min.

On Tuesday, May 26 at 8pm Central Time, audiences are invited to a live Q&A featuring Terence Blanchard, director Michael Murphy, and Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Ben’s parents founded the Hall, and he has carried on their vision proudly and well.

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In this interactive cult classic, a newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. R / 100 min.
Come dressed in costume and you may win a prize! This screening won’t have a shadow cast like our annual screenings in October, but we are still going to have some pre-show activities and prop bags for sale! Just respect the space and each other, and remember the rules: no food, no liquids, no fire, and for the love of all that is right in this world, NO GLITTER!



Coalescence Theatre project presents a production of THE EXONERATED by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. Directed by George Jackson III.

THE EXONERATED is a powerful docudrama that centers on six people who were wrongly convicted of and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. The six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

THE EXONERATED features Elaine Hill, Claron Sharrieff, Anthony Overton, Jennifer Cirillo, Kim Wernecke, John Bowen, Wes Melton, Milagro Cortez, and Chuck Pettigrew.

Tabitha Miller, Production Manager for Coalescence will serve as stage manager and THE EXONERATED will be produced by Don Shandrow, Executive Artistic Director of Coalescence Theatre Project

"Riveting, Simple, honest storytelling that demands reflection" - Associated Press

"Artful and moving...pays tribute to the resilience of human hearts and minds."



Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort’s immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort’s Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown. PG-13 / 146 min.

And join us at 7pm for DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. 2. A double-feature ticket is available, with Students able to see both films for just $7 and General Admission tickets available for $10. And yes, you’re welcome to leave the theater between films to go grab dinner; best Sunday ever? Perhaps... 



Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. It all ends here. PG-13 / 130 min.


Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Postponed

A Jazz / On Screen event, presented by Further Jazz, Inc.

A new documentary exploring archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, as well as original paintings and manuscripts that help define the man behind the music. NR / 115 min.

A concert featuring Glenn Wilson & Friends will follow the film.