Online Screenings

Ladies & Gentlemen, please join us from your homes for the Living Room Film Festival. We are still curating programming for our audiences, with the bonus that you no longer need to be in Normal, IL to buy a ticket from our box office and see a film on our schedule. We are working with our distribution partners to provide virtual screenings of films that are still in their theatrical runs. These are films you can’t yet buy via an on-demand service - in any other time, you’d have to go to the theater to see them. But given that our brick & mortar location is closed down at the moment, it’s kinda like we’re moving our screen to your house. Pretty cool, eh?

Films will open on a Friday and run for two weeks, and our plan is to always have four distinctly different titles running. We’re partnering with a lot of different distributors on these, which means there will be a few different ways of accessing the films; instructions on how to watch the film once you have purchased your virtual ticket are listed with each title.

Please note that we are not hosting these films ourselves, so we are not able to provide technical support directly. Each distributor has a customer support email listed for their films, and have been very quick to respond.

So get the popcorn popping, and dim the lights. And if you happen to have blue & red neon tubes running the length of your ceiling, make sure you flip those off once the trailers are over. "And now, our Feature Presentation..."

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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL - KID FLICKS ONE

Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. With these hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival’s short films, you can bring some artful, inspired storytelling and hilarity to your home screen. Have a great film experience with your kids, with plenty of ideas and themes to talk about long after the screening is done (and you’ll have 48 hours to rewatch as much as you’d like!).

If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.

With films from 10 countries, these shorts are sure to delight and inspire. Ages 3+ / 56 min. In English, or with no dialogue. Tickets are just $7, with discounts available for Friends of the Normal Theater and Members of the Children’s Discovery Museum. 

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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL - KID FLICKS TWO

Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. With these hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival’s short films, you can bring some artful, inspired storytelling and hilarity to your home screen. Have a great film experience with your kids, with plenty of ideas and themes to talk about long after the screening is done (and you’ll have 48 hours to rewatch as much as you’d like!).

Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you’re curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

For great films for kids ready to grow in experiences and ideas, NYICFF’s Kid Flicks Two is just the ticket! Ages 8+ / 72 min. In English or w/ English subtitles. Tickets are just $7, with discounts available for Friends of the Normal Theater and Members of the Children’s Discovery Museum. 

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RBG

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 submityourquestion@magpictures.com in advance of the discussion.

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FOURTEEN

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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SUNRISE/SUNSET

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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LIFE ITSELF

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 submityourquestion@magpictures.com in advance of the discussion.

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UP FROM THE STREETS

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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