The Sunrise Theater has added some great holiday classics to the schedule this December. In addition to the free showing of “The Polar Express” on Dec. 19, holiday favorites include “Love Actually” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

’National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

This much-loved holiday classic will be shown Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m.

Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, a father waiting on his much-needed bonus check while he prepares for a big family Christmas celebration. In pursuit of the perfect old-fashioned Christmas, everything that can go wrong for the Griswold’s does. A series of unfortunate events unfold from the 20,000 lights decorating their house, to the squirrel-ridden Christmas tree, to cousin-in law Eddie’s motor home and much, much more.

Stars include Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, John Galecki and Randy Quaid.

The 1989 comedy is rated PG-13. Tickets are $8 reserved seating. Swank Coffee Shoppe sponsors the movie.

Trivia

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” has become a cult classic and acknowledged as one of the best comedy sequels. As a nod to the original, Clark and Cousin Eddie drink eggnog out of Walley World mugs, the destination in the 1983’s “Vacation.”

As the Griswold family members are arriving at the front door, “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946) is showing on the television. That film was directed by Frank Capra whose grandson, Frank Capra III, was assistant director on this film.

“Christmas Vacation” has four “Saturday Night Live” alumni: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brian Doyle-Murray, Randy Quaid, and Chevy Chase.

The scene where the cat bit the Christmas lights cord and got electrocuted, was nearly cut from the movie fearing that it might offend some viewers. After the first test screening, the test audience scored the cat electrocution scene as their number one favorite scene throughout the entire movie.

“Love Actually”

“Love Actually” tells 10 different, intertwined stories about love and friendship during a frantic month before Christmas in London, proving that “Love actually is all around.” The story begins five weeks before Christmas and is played out in a weekly countdown until the holiday, followed by an epilogue that takes place one month later. One story line which doesn’t intertwine is about a washed-up Rockstar played by Bill Nighy, trying to make a comeback with a Christmas remake of his old hit song.

The ensemble cast includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Rickman, Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley.

The film, rated R, will be shown Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 reserved seating.

Trivia

Kris Marshall returned his paycheck for the scene where the three American girls undress him, saying he was willing to perform in the 21 takes for free.

A team of cameramen spent a week at the Heathrow airport to capture real footage that was used at the beginning and end of the film.

Emma Thompson had to wear a "fat suit" to make her appear heavier because she is actually a very thin woman.

The word “actually” is spoken 22 times by various characters in the film.

Tickets to all Sunrise movies and events can be purchased at SunriseTheater.com, at the Sunrise office or by calling (910) 692-3611.

The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.

The Sunrise Theater is a thriving entertainment center featuring first run and independent films, music concerts, local theater, and live broadcasts of the Met Opera and Bolshoi Ballet. The Sunrise Theater continues to be the cornerstone of theater arts and entertainment in the North Carolina Sandhills dedicated to serving the community.

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