When and where to watch Christmas movies in Milwaukee theaters

Another sign that things are returning to normal: Milwaukee cinemas are hitting the shelves with classic Christmas movies.

Not as much as before the COVID-19 pandemic, of course. Two regular attendees of the holiday films, the Rosebud and Times theaters of the Neighborhood Theater Group, have yet to reopen since the world closed in March 2020. But their sister theater, the Avalon in Bay View, continues the tradition.

Here’s where and when you can catch Christmas movies, recent and classic, on the big screen in December in Milwaukee.

Christmas films at the Rivoli Theater

The 2021 Rivoli Theater Holiday Film Festival pretty much looks like the 2020 Cedarburg Theater festival, but without the seat restrictions in place last winter. The community theater, W62-N567 Washington Ave., will be open throughout the Christmas season starting December 3. Admission is $ 4. Info: rivoliofcedarburg.com.

Buddy (Will Ferrell) takes a ride with Santa (Ed Asner) in "Elf."

Dec 3 7 p.m., “A Christmas story”

Dec 16 3:30 p.m., “Elf”; 7 p.m., “It’s a wonderful life”

Dec 5 3:30 p.m., “The Polar Express”; 7 p.m., “Susan slept here”

Dec 6 : 19h, “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation”

December 7: 7 p.m., “Holiday Inn”

December 8: 7 p.m. “The bells of Sainte-Marie”

December 9: 7 p.m., “You’ve got mail”

Dec 10 : 19h, “White Christmas”

Dec 11, 2019 : 3:30 p.m., “The Polar Express”; 7 p.m., “Elf”

Cary Grant, left, plays an angel sent to help a struggling minister (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young) in

Dec 12 : 3:30 p.m., “The star”; 7 p.m., “The Bishop’s Wife”

Dec 13 : 19h, “It’s a wonderful life”

December 14: 7 p.m., “It happened on 5th Avenue”

Dec 15 : 19h, “New in town”

Dec 16 : 19h, “Vacations”

Dec 17 : 19h, “Elf”

December 18: 1 p.m. “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer”; 3:30 p.m., “The bells of Sainte-Marie”; 7 p.m., “White Christmas”

December 19: 1 p.m. “The star”; 3:30 p.m., “Dr Seuss’ Grinch” (2018); 7 p.m., “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation”

Dec 20 : 19h, “White Christmas”

Dec 21 : 19h, “A Christmas story”

Dec 22 : 3:30 p.m., “Holiday Inn”; 7 p.m., “It’s a wonderful life”

December 23: 1 p.m. “The Polar Express”; 3:30 p.m., “Elf”; 7 p.m., “White Christmas”

Marcus Theaters Christmas Retro Series

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is blocked by Santa in a scene from "A Christmas story."

In December, Marcus Theaters is bringing an eight-pack Holiday Chestnut to select theaters, including Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge, Saukville, Showtime, and South Shore, with multiple showings per day. Tickets cost $ 5. Info: marcustheatres.com.

December 3-9: “Dr. The Grinch of Seuss” (2018), “Elf”, “White Christmas”, “A Christmas Story”

December 10-16: “The Polar Express”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Seuss”

Avalon Theater

The historic two-screen theater at 2473 S. Kinninckinnic Ave. dubbed its eclectic holiday lineup “12 Days of Christmas at the Avalon”. Among the deals is a “Pizza with Santa” event on December 4, where moviegoers can dine with St. Nick and watch one of two lively, family-friendly holiday movies: “Elliot the smaller reindeer “or” the star “. Tickets are $ 20, including a personal pizza, a drink, and a visit with Santa. For the rest of the films, tickets for evening screenings are $ 11, $ 9 for people aged 60 and over and children 11 and under; mornings (all before 6 p.m.) are $ 9, $ 8.50 for seniors and children. Info: avalonmke.com.

December 3: 9 p.m., “The Polar Express”; 9:30 p.m., “Gremlin”

December 4: “Pizza with Santa Claus”, with “The star” at noon or “Elliot the smallest reindeer” at 12:45 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

December 5: noon, “The Polar Express”; 12:30 p.m., “Gremlin”

December 10: 9:30 p.m., “Tokyo Godfather”

December 11 and 12: noon, “Elf”

Humbug-y TV director Frank Cross (Bill Murray) meets a mischievous and vicious ghost from Christmas's past (Carol Kane) in

December 17: 9:30 p.m., “Scrooged”

December 18 and 19: noon, “White Christmas”

23 and 24 Dec. : 3:30 p.m., “It’s a wonderful life”

December 25: noon, “It’s a wonderful life”

Contact Chris Foran at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @ cforan12.

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