In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Town of Normal reopening the Normal Theater, we are pleased to announce a commemorative ornament for sale. A great way to give a gift to yourself or a loved one you will also support the operations of our historic theater. Ornaments may be purchased online along with tickets to holiday films and will be waiting for you at your screening. Ornaments will also be available for purchase at the Normal Theater and the Children’s Discovery Museum during regular operating hours.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story, COLOR OUT OF SPACE is “gorgeous, vibrant and terrifying” (Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central). R / 110 min.
02/29 @ 10:00pm
Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. From Writer & Director Chinonye Chukwu; winner of the 2019 U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. R / 113 min.
Many critics consider THE GENERAL to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on international critics’ polls. Set during the Civil War and based on a true incident, the film is also an authentic looking period piece, bringing the scope and realism of Matthew Brady-like images to brilliant life. The title refers not to Keaton’s character, but to his engine, The General, which figures prominently in one of the most harrowing and hilarious chase scenes ever filmed. Keaton portrays the engineer Johnnie Gray, who is rejected by the Confederate Army and then suffers the further humiliation of his girlfriend’s (Marion Mack) thinking him a coward. When a small band of Union soldiers penetrate far beyond Confederate lines to steal his locomotive, Johnnie Gray sets off in hot pursuit; seven of the film’s eight reels are devoted to the chase, with its orchestration of thrills and comedy. Keaton shot the film on the narrow railways of Oregon and used less than 50 titles to explain the whole story. NR / 79 min.
On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, young poet Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming music producer who has just moved to the city. It’s not long before these two artistic souls are drawn together in a passionate summer romance. But as the highs of young love give way to jealousy, suspicion, and all-too-real consequences, Ayanna must confront the complexities of the adult world—whether she is ready or not. Emotionally raw, intimate, and honest, PREMATURE is at once timeless and bracingly contemporary in its portrait of a young woman navigating the difficult choices that can shape a life. NR (mature) / 90 min.
“We asked ourselves what we felt was missing in present-day black cinema. We felt there was an overabundance of black films with narratives driven by themes of black victimization, black fear, and black pain. Although we understood the impulse to explore these narratives, we decided instead to explore black life and black love. In the current cinematic climate, we viewed simply telling a young black love story as a radical act.”
- - Director Rashaad Ernesto Green
"PREMATURE is a tender ballad—not just about love but age, opportunity, timing—that gets stuck in your head."
- - rogerebert.com
03/13 @ 7:00pm
After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community, but his unconventional sermons and un-priestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth. NR (Mature) / 116 min. In Polish w/ subtitles.
Presented by the Town of Normal Parks & Recreation Department
In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection -- a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different -- ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. PG / 87 min. FREE
Come dressed up as your favorite character or bring your favorite toy from Small Foot. Each attendee under the age of 10 will receive a special movie-themed giveaway!
03/21 @ 1:00pm
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. 1
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...
03/22 @ 3:00pm