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3 Area Movie Theaters Screening Holiday Classics

Thumbnail image for Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 4.34.24 PM.pngTonight, the Angelika Film Center plays host to “Christmas in Black and White,” a presentation of short, silent holiday films accompanied by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and singers from the National Broadway Chorus. Among the films on tap ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Winter Straw Ride, A Christmas Carol and The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus.

Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Angelika Mosaic, Lee Highway & Gallows Road near 8200 Strawberry Lane, Fairfax, Va. Tickets are $15. Call 571-512-3301 or visit


That may be your only chance to catch a holiday movie with a symphony this season, but you can still get your fill of film around town.

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 4.40.06 PM.pngThe best opportunity to gorge on holiday cinema comes this Sunday, Dec. 15, with the “2013 Christmas Movie Festival” at the Arlington Cinema &’ Drafthouse. The Drafthouse is certainly one of the region’s most entertaining places to see a movie – since there’s table service with food and alcohol. And every year the Drafthouse also throws a Christmas movie marathon, mostly popular films from the past few decades. How The Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas screen a couple times during the day, along with Elf at 1 p.m., A Christmas Story at 3 p.m., Scrooged at 5:15 p.m., and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:20 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tickets are only $8. Call 703-486-2345 or visit


But if a one-day binge fest isn’t quite to your holiday tastes, your best bet is probably the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. Between now and Christmas the venue features multiple screenings of “Holiday Classics,” including a majority of the greats you can think of, from White Christmas to It’s A Wonderful Life to The Muppet Christmas Carol. Why, there’s even the only tangentially Christmas-related Die Hard.

To which there can be only one proper response, quoting the 25-year-old film that made Bruce Willis’s career: “If this is their idea of Christmas, I gotta be here for New Year’s.”

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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