From the heart-warming to the ab­surd, The State Theater in Eliz­abeth­town is screening a variety of films to get viewers in the holi­day spirit.

Holiday movie screenings kick off Saturday with the G-rated 2004 computer-animation adventure film “The Polar Express.” The PG-rated 2018 computer-animation film “The Grinch” is shown Dec. 7; the not-rated 1954 musical film “White Christmas” is shown Dec. 13; the PG-13-rated 1989 comedy film “Christmas Vacation” is shown Dec. 14; the PG-rated 1994 fantasy film “Miracle on 34th Street” is shown Dec. 20; the not-rated 1946 fantasy film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is shown Dec. 21 and the PG-rated 1990 comedy film “Home Alone” is shown Dec. 27.

State Theater operations manager Beth Pyles said though holiday movie showings are a tradition at the theater, screenings have been expanded for this year. She said The State Theater wanted to offer a versatile lineup this year.

“We wanted to offer a variety of new, old and classic favorites to reach all of our audiences,” she said.

All screenings take place at 7 p.m. There also is a 1 p.m. screening of “The Polar Express” and an 11 a.m. screening of “Home Alone.”

Tickets for “The Polar Express,” which is sponsored by Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Eliza­beth­town, and “Christmas Vacation,” which is sponsored by local State Farm agents, are $1 and all other screenings are $3.

Tickets are available from the box office one hour before each show time. Advance sales tickets are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 270-234-8258.

Pyles said local State Farm agents have sponsored movie screenings each month this year. She said the theater always is open to sponsored screenings.

“We are always looking for movie sponsors and it’s a great way for businesses and groups to support not only The State Theater, but also the community,” she said.

The State Theater also is the venue for a Breakfast With Santa event Saturday designed to give attendees the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus, create crafts and enjoy a pancake breakfast. The event serves as a kickoff for Saturday’s Light Up Downtown activities, which also include a parade and a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Elizabethtown.

Attendees can reserve tickets for 8, 9 or 10 a.m. The event is $10 per person and is free for those 2 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at

“Our goal is to provide fun and affordable entertainment for the com­munity,” Pyles said. “The State Theater is such a neat place and getting together with family and friends to watch some of your favorite holiday movies is a great holiday activity.”

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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