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February 19, 2018, 7:00 PM
A throwback to a bygone era of live entertainment, the Normal Theater is thrilled to present Vaudeville Mondays. Join us for an evening of theatre, comedy, music, dance, magic, film, lecture, demonstrations, and anything else you can imagine. Each show is a mixed bill with a diverse array of performances. 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.
This show will feature local band Dahinda in all their rock glory. Come on out for a free concert and some funny bits created by our hosts Max and Mason. This show is all ages appropriate.
February 20, 2018, 7:00 PM
Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film produced and directed by Peter Yates and written by Steve Tesich. It follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. The film stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, and Robyn Douglass.
Breaking Away won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and received nominations in four other categories, including Best Picture. It also won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film (Comedy or Musical), and received nominations in three other Golden Globe categories.
Doors open at 6:30pm for this free showing. Volunteers will ask for donations at the door. The donations will be split between Bike BloNo and the WBRP Bike Co-op. The Normal Theater will sell concessions and a full bar is available in the Normal Marriott lobby before and during the event. Rated PG/101 minutes
February 21, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Part of the Six Week Film School: Wonder Women Directors. Lonely, aging movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and conflicted newlywed Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights, forming a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful. From 2003. R / 105 min. Directed by Sofia Coppola.
February 22, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ten Illinois State University students present their research in three minutes or less to a panel of judges. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote on the winners. Visit https://grad.illinoisstate.edu/academics/three-minute-thesis/ for more information.
February 23, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4th.
Lists of titles in each program, along with synopses and running times, will be available after the nominations are announced on Jan. 23rd. For planning purposes, the Animated program usually runs around 90 minutes, Live Action 120 minutes, and Documentary is around 150 minutes (on average).
February 23, 2018, 10:00 PM
An American Genre Film Archive Final Friday pick!
“I shot a cop -- SO WHAT!” So sez the girl gang thrill-killers of the delirious THE VIOLENT YEARS! Straight from the dome of Ed Wood, this is the story of Paula Parkins: a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teen hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party debauchery, and cold-blooded murder. Featuring Wood’s patently deranged dialogue, THE VIOLENT YEARS is an essential exposé on crime, gender politics, and sweater-stealing. NR / 65 min.
The Late Show: Because Awesome Movies are Awesome.
February 24, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Normal Theater is proud to be the presenting location for ISU FLAME their annual charity production of "The Vagina Monologues". The benefit proceeds will be given to YWCA Stepping Stones and Neville House Domestic Violence Services. FLAME is ISU's feminist group on campus empowering students to reexamine all aspects of our lives for how they have been socially constructed along intersecting lines of gender, race, class, ability, age, heteronormativity, and ethnicity. The Vagina Monologues – a selection of pieces from Eve Ensler's work sets about to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse and correlates with the global V-Day movement.
Tickets will be handled by FLAME directly so the theater will not be handling box office services. Please reach out to ISU FLAME on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ISU.FLAME/
February 24, 2018, 10:00 PM
February 25, 2018, 7:00 PM
February 27, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Tuesday Night Classic. Peter P. Peters (Fred Astaire) is an American ballet dancer working in Paris. After happening across a photograph of tap-dance sensation Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers), Peters falls instantly in love and, using his connections, arranges for a meeting. Unfortunately, Peters's overzealous nature leaves Keene unimpressed and a rumor begins circulating that the two are secretly married. In order to quell the rumor Peters and Keene decide to actually get married and then seek a prompt divorce. NR / 109 min.
Friends of the Normal Theater can always attend our Tuesday Night Classics at no extra cost.
February 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Part of the Six Week Film School: Wonder Women Directors. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From 2014. PG-13 / 128 min. Directed by Ava DuVernay.