Staff Picks

Each month we'll have a one-off screening of a movie that a member of our staff loves. It doesn't have to fit in to our programming model in any way, it just has to be a title close to their heart. Maybe it's a cherished childhood film. Or maybe it's an experimental piece that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE (I can't believe you haven't seen this one!). Or maybe it's the best thing they've seen recently that we weren't able to otherwise get on our calendar.

All films in the Staff Pick Series are FREE TO ATTEND. We do always recommend that patrons reserve tickets in advance to guarantee a seat at the show.

August 2018


Kiki's Delivery Service

A Normal Theater Staff Pick by McKenzie.

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. Directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. G / 103 min. This is the English language dub, featuring an amazing cast.

This film is FREE TO ATTEND. We highly recommend reserving your tickets in advance.

08/15   @   7:00pm


"Throughout my years at the theater, I have had so many wonderful experiences seeing so many amazing films—working here changed the way I watched movies, and it allowed me the chance to see the ones I would never have chosen otherwise. I became more open to directors and genres that I previously had no exposure. But the Normal Theater building itself didn’t do this. The people here did. There is something magical about the Normal Theater—and it’s no secret to me. The magic comes from the people who work here and who fight to provide amazing films and share that infectious amazement and appreciation with every one else."mckenzie (2)

July 2018


E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial

A Normal Theater Staff Pick from Jenn.

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. PG / 121 min.

07/12  @  7:00pm

"I have actually never seen it. The reason being that when I was growing up, my parents were dirt poor, so we literally never went to the movies. OScreenshot-2018-6-28 Jennifer Poncinver the years, it has become a joke with family and friends that I have never actually seen ET, which was the biggest blockbuster back in the day...Before having kids, my coworkers were incredulous that I had never seen it! And then, after getting married and having a family, I have just gotten busy and forgot all about that film. So showing it at the [Normal Theater] would be the opportunity to finally see something everyone else in the world has seen." 

In honor of Jenn, we will be presenting this film for FREE for one night only. Make sure you register online so you don't miss your chance to see this wonderful film on the big screen!

June 2018


Maximum Overdrive

A Normal Theater Staff Pick from Drew.

After a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth, machines come to life and turn against their makers. Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. A diner cook, Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez), emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss and a newlywed couple. R / 98 min.

06/14  @  7:00pm


"Where else can you get the woman who voices Lisa Simpson and a less notorious Sheen sibling? Where else but Maximum Overdrive of course! Oh, that and it's based on a Stephen King short story with King in his only directorial outing and it somehow involved the Green Goblin’s face. Run people run! In this world the machines are tired of doing your dirty work and decide enough is enough. Stranded in a gas station Sheen the Lesser(or maybe greater) must stave off the mechanical uprising."