Special screening of The Polar Express

Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Sid Williams Theatre

The Polar Express is a children’s Christmas classic.

The Polar Express will screen Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. as part of the Sid Williams Theatre Society’s family film series.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and based on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around a young boy who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, with his family’s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is just a myth.

This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits the boy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train’s conductor, along with the other passengers, helps turn the boy’s crisis in faith into a journey of self discovery.

Starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Josh Hutcherson, and Michael Jeter, this holiday season it’s time to believe!

Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and wrote “[It] is a movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it, sidestepping all the tiresome Christmas cliches that children have inflicted on them this time of year. The conductor tells Hero Boy he thinks he really should get on the train, and I have the same advice for you.”

Don’t miss this fun and affordable afternoon for the whole family. Admission is pay what you can by donation. There will be popcorn, prizes, and a photo booth train! Doors open at 1 p.m. and the film begins at 2 p.m.

Generously sponsored by the financial team of Nicole Deters & Associates, these family films are fundraising events for the Sid Williams Theatre Society.

The Sid was a state-of-the-art movie house when it opened 79 years ago, then known as the Bickle Theatre. Over the years, theatre technology has seen many incredible changes, but the speed of change and cost required to keep up with those changes is an ongoing challenge.

Come and see this exciting film and help the Sid raise funds for a new screen.

For full event information and a theatrical trailer of the film, visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.