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Newtown Theatre Screening Christmas Classics & Hosting Holiday Concerts

The historic theater will showcase a number of Christmas concerts and movies.

The historic Newtown Theatre. File photo.

The historic Newtown Theatre will be hosting a series of Christmas movie screenings and seasonal concerts.

The festivities will take place throughout the month of December at the iconic North State Street theater.

“You can watch many of these movies at home, of course, but nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like sharing the experience with a theater full of people who are laughing, smiling, clapping, singing and sometimes crying along with you,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of the Newtown Theatre. “People come out of the theater smiling every year.”

Tickets for the Christmas classics are $5 for everyone (unless indicated otherwise) and are available at the theatre box office starting 30 minutes prior to the movie.

The lineup of Christmas films include: 

  • “The Bells of St. Mary’s” – Wednesday, December 6 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. 
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Attleboro Wealth Management.
  • “Elf: Grownups-Only Screening” – Friday, December 22. Only elves 21 and older will be admitted. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:00 p.m. In the hour leading up to the movie, guests will enjoy one complimentary drink (beer, wine, canned cocktail, or a signature Elf-themed cocktail), free popcorn, a trivia contest, and a costume contest. Elf-themed prizes will be given for trivia winners, and the best-dressed elf will win a free theatre rental. Tickets are only available online at Sponsored by Renee Noel, Your Resident Newtown Realtor.
  • “Love Actually” – Friday, December 29 at 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by Neville Law

Tickets for the theater’s holiday concerts can be found at

The holiday concert lineup includes: 

  • “A Motown Christmas” – Two shows – Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. This concert will feature a special mix of Motown and Stax holiday classics, 60s soul hits, and B-sides by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight and many more. 
  • “Illuminated Classical Christmas Concert” – Tuesday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. This one-of-a-kind concert will be illuminated by hundreds of elegant white lights and feature the Newtown Chamber Orchestra playing well-known classical works and some well-known holiday songs. Sponsored by Johnson Kendall & Johnson
  • “Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to the Carpenters Christmas Special” – Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. A tribute show that captures a true Carpenter’s concert experience. In addition to some Christmas songs, this show features timeless tunes such as Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World and many more. 
  • “A Very Valli Holiday” – Two shows – Saturday, December 16 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Hailed as the nation’s #1 tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Lights Out sings all of Valli’s hits along with everyone’s favorite holiday classics.
  • “A Very Jazzy Christmas” – Tuesday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. An all-star lineup of area jazz musicians will play jazz versions of holiday classics. 
  • “A Slambovian Christmas” – Saturday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ music has been described as “psychedelic folk Americana with an Alice in Wonderland vibe.” At their Newtown show, expect Christmas songs with a Slambovian twist and rockin’ original seasonal tunes for a fun, outside-the-box holiday show.

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