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Originally published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ poster sale, other holiday chestnuts

Screenings and events at Seattle-area theaters include “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Grand Illusion; a “quote along” edition of “The Princess Bride” at the Uptown and a poster sale at Seven Gables.

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“Merry Christmas, movie house!” Let’s put all rumors of that ill-advised sequel to bed, and, for a 43rd year, join the Grand Illusion in celebrating the holidays with Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It plays Friday-Jan. 2. Tickets are $5 for members, $6-$8 general admission. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle (206-523-3935 or ).

“Inconceivable!” SIFF Cinema at the Uptown kicks off some fun holiday programming with a “quote along” edition of Rob Reiner’s 1987 comic fairy tale “The Princess Bride,” starting Friday (through Dec. 24). Subtitles are provided, plus free inflatable swords. Also running Friday through Dec. 24 is the 1971 version of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” presented in “Smell-O-Vision.” Free “Wonkariffic” goody bags are included. Tickets for both presentations are $10 for SIFF members, $14-$15 general admission. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-9996 or

Are your walls looking blank? Then you might consider one of the nearly 1,500 posters for sale at Landmark Theatres’ “Annual Poster Sale” happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Seven Gables Theatre, 911 N.E. 50th St., Seattle (206-632-8821 or

The Northwest Film Forum has a potpourri of events going on this week. Marlene Dietrich and director Josef von Sternberg’s last collaboration, “The Devil is a Woman,” a 1935 film about a 19th-century femme fatale, plays at 7 p.m. Friday. “Let’s Talk about Screen Style,” a free “open dialogue” about movies and fashion, happens at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of Hal Ashby’s 1975 comedy “Shampoo,” starring Warren Beatty. At 3 p.m. Sunday, you can see the 2009 coming-of-age drama “An Education,” starring Carey Mulligan. Tickets for most events are $6 for NWFF members, $8-$11 general admission. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (206-829-7863 or

If you haven’t yet had enough of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” you can twirl on over to one of several theaters on Tuesday to see a filmed version of the ballet by Great Britain’s Royal Ballet. For locations and tickets prices, call 800-295-8587 or go to

The Historic Everett Theatre hosts the Northwest premiere of Juan Galiñanes’ holiday-themed animated film “Holy Night” at 7 p.m. Thursday-Dec. 22. Tickets are $5 for kids 12 and under, $8 for adults. 2911 Colby Ave., Everett (425-258-6766 or

And somebody forgot the rules and fed the Mogwai after midnight, because those “Gremlins” are everywhere this weekend. Joe Dante’s 1984 twisted holiday tale plays at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Ark Lodge Cinemas, 4816 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-721-3156 or, and 7 p.m. Friday-Wednesday at Central Cinema (on a double bill with “Edward Scissorhands,” which plays at 9:30 p.m.), 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (

Doug Knoop: or on Twitter @dougknoop

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