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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. PG / 92 min. 

06/20   @   7:00pm               06/23   @   4:00pm

06/23   @   7:00pm               06/27   @   7:00pm

06/29   @   4:00pm               06/29   @   7:00pm

06/30   @   4:00pm               06/30   @   7:00pm




A Tuesday Night Classic. An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them. From 1953. NR / 110 min.

Presented in celebration of the opening the 2019 Season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival

06/25   @   7:00pm               06/29   @   1:00pm





Prairie Rivers Network will again bring one of the largest environmental film festivals to Illinois. Now in its third year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. Join us and get energized to protect water, heal land, and inspire change!

Film Line-up (Tentative)

Ashes to Ashes

A small community in Northeast Alabama. A mayor whose town sits on the river’s banks. A businessman in the Mobile Bay. All are impacted by coal ash, a pollution by-product of burning coal. Billions of tons of ash are stored in unlined pits alongside our rivers and streams causing harmful pollution such as mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals to be dumped into waterways where we fish, swim, and drink. Ashes to Ashes tells the story of coal ash in Alabama and invites a call to action.

Blue Carbon

“Blue carbon” is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. “You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit,” says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate.

Blue Heart

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of hydropower development threatens to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. If fierce local opposition fails, the last undammed watersheds on the continent will be corralled by more than 3,000 proposed hydropower dams and diversions at a time when dams are being decommissioned throughout much of the developed world.


Following years of intensive fertilizer use on farms, more than half of Iowa’s waterways do not meet federal quality standards. Now, an unlikely coalition is calling for stricter controls to clean up the drinking water sources for millions of the state’s residents.

Givers and Takers

Don Jackson in Ware Shoals, South Carolina transitions from conventional cattle production to a grazing method that improves the environment and benefits the farmer, his land, animals, and bottom line. Jackson shares the exciting early results evident within a year from when he started making these changes. Givers and Takers is a short film in Director Peter Byck’s film series, Soil Carbon Cowboys.

Greenland Melts

Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research propelled Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” reveals his alarming findings around glacial melt impacts on global sea level rise, climate change, and mass migration. Greenland Melts is stunningly filmed at remote polar monitoring stations where Dr. Steffen has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years.

March of the Newts

Follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection… and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.

Our National Parks Belong to Everyone. So Why Are They so White?

Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future.

PRN Scream Pillow

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(Films suitable for all ages — Recommended 11+)

07/10   @   7:00pm




The Normal Theater is proud to present John Conlee for a one-night only concert event! Tickets will be sold into two tiers, $55 and $40, with the higher priced tickets being closer to the stage. Seating will be general admission in each section and patrons will be provided with seating instructions the day of the concert. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at the Normal Theater's website or at the box office when it opens 30 minutes prior to any regularly scheduled public event. If tickets still remain, they will be sold at the door the day of the event. 

John Conlee is a country music icon and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981. During John Conlee’s 40 year career in Country Music, he has brought to audiences such classic songs as: "Rose Colored Glasses" (John's signature song), "Friday Night Blues", "Backside of 30", "Common Man", "Miss Emily's Picture", "I Don't Remember Lovin' You", and more. 
Overall, there have been 29 single releases throughout the years with 26 of them charting in the top 20 or better. Eight of those 26 have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts.

08/08   @   7:00pm