Since reopening after a fabulous renovation, The Earl Strand Theatre in Marietta, Georgia has offered many treats to its patrons. As an early Christmas and late Hanukkah gift to Strand patrons and the community, The Strand offers a free "behind-the-scenes" peek of The Strand on Monday, December 20, 2010. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the theatre dating back to the 1930s, recent renovation efforts, and fun facts about the theatre business.
Free guided tours of the historic theatre will begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, and Noon on Monday, December 22nd. Tours will be given by staff and refreshments will be available. As a special gift, Ron Carter will give a demonstration of the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ with a Holiday pops show.
As a great follow-up to the tour, special Christmas favorites will be shown at The Strand next week. On Tuesday, December 21st, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Dr. Seuss's much-loved book about the real meaning of Christmas, comes alive with comic wunderkind Jim Carrey. He stars in the role of a green-faced gnome who plots to rob Whoville of the Yuletide spirit. A live organ variety show of Christmas music and sing-along begins at 2:30 PM, followed by the movie at 3 PM. Patrons have the chance to help share the Christmas spirit with families who need a hand this Christmas. The Center for Family Resources needs the community's help to stock their pantries for January, typically the lowest stocked month of the year. Admission is $5 or free with five food cans or non-perishable food items.
Evening entertainment continues on Tuesday with the showing of "White Christmas," the 1954 musical film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. The story takes place after World War II, when Army veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters who also have a stage act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge for a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, owns the lodge. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue. Live organ again offers a variety show and sing-along at 6:30 PM and the movie begins at 7 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children, students, and seniors.
So many ways for the whole family to partake in the spirit of the season in Marietta!