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November 20, 2017, 7:00 PM
A throwback to a bygone era of live entertainment, the Normal Theater is thrilled to present Vaudeville Mondays. Every other Monday night, join us for an evening of spectacle and performance. Each show will contain a number of different acts that will cross genres and performance styles-theatre, comedy, music, dance, magic, film, lecture, demonstrations, and anything else you can imagine. Each show will have a different collection of local artists and performers. You will never see the same show twice!
This all-ages appropriate showcase of local performers of all disciplines is completely free to attend, and is a key aspect of the Normal Theater's mission to be a performance venue for and of the community.
November 24, 2017, 7:00 PM - November 25, 2017, 9:00 PM
In this Irving Berlin musical, Jim (Bing Crosby) and Lila are members of a performing trio who plan to quit and run a country hotel. When Lila says she has fallen in love with the dancer in the act, Ted (Fred Astaire), Jim leaves town with a broken heart. After turning the inn into a holidays-only live entertainment venue, Jim winds up booking -- and falling for -- Linda (Marjorie Reynolds). But when Ted shows up at the place after being dumped by Lila, he too sets his sights on beautiful Linda. NR / 101 min.
November 24, 2017, 10:00 PM - 11:45 PM
The Late Show. Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified? R / 98 min.
November 25, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
"Meet Me in St. Louis" is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love -- accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor -- conquers all. NR / 113 min.
November 25, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2017 Palme d'Or Winner, Cannes Film Festival. THE SQUARE is set in a renowned museum where an artist exhibits an installation meant to promote altruism, providing people with a symbolic space where only good things can happen. The movie’s protagonist is the manager of the museum who hires a ruthless PR firm to build some buzz around the installation but things get out of hand when the museum’s PR team goes too far with their publicity plans, sparking a public uproar and exposing the hypocrisy of the media. R / 144 min. Multiple Lang w/ subtitles.
November 25, 2017, 10:00 PM - 11:45 PM
November 26, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
November 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
November 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Tuesday Night Classic. After breaking out of prison on Devil's Island, Joseph (Humphrey Bogart) and his two cohorts flee to a nearby town and hide in a shop run by kindhearted Felix (Leo G. Carroll) ; his wife, Amelie (Joan Bennett) ; and their daughter. The three men plan to rob the store and board a ship the next day, but they soon change their minds after sharing Christmas dinner with the family. When they learn of the family's financial troubles, the convicts decide instead to carry out a few good deeds. NR / 106 min.
November 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. FOOD CHAINS reveals the human cost in our food supply as well as moments of triumph of morality over corporate greed. NR. Free to attend.
Presented by the Illinois State University Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology. With support from the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant, films from this series are part of a semester-long focus on Food Justice and Sustainability at Illinois State University. These films depict deep inequalities and environmental hazards of our global food system. They also offer hope for a future of farming that healthful and sustainable for both people and the planet.
November 30, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
“The Littlest Nutcracker” is a local adaptation of Peter Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite. Over 200 local dancers from Uptown Dance will participate in this multimedia performance. Take a trip to the Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, onscreen and onstage in the second year of this new annual tradition at the Normal Theater.
November 30, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
In this, the world's first fully painted film, the mystery surrounding the death of famed painter Vincent van Gogh in 1890 France is explored. After a complete live-action shoot, 65,000 individual frames were painted over the course of two years to bring the film to life; the result is absolutely stunning. PG-13 / 95 min.