The Senator puts Christmas on the big screen

December 10, 1991|By Stephen Hunter

The Senator Theater, that venerable icon of 1939-style picture-house beauty, has begun a Christmas Festival to carry through to the day itself.

Today, the highly fanciful Danny Kaye musical bio "Hans Christian Andersen" plays with the classic 1952 adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," starring Alistair Sim, in what is considered the best film version of the story.

Opening tomorrow and playing through Dec. 14 will be the Frank Capra chestnut, "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart and Donna Reed. It's double-billed with the famous "Miracle of the Bells," with Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli and Lee J. Cobb.

Beginning Sunday, Vincente Minnelli's 1944 MGM musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" brings Judy Garland to the big screen. Playing on the same bill will be the 1983 Christmas movie based on the Jean Shepherd stories, called "A Christmas Story." Peter Billingsley and Melinda Dillon star.

Beginning Dec. 19, will be Norman Jewison's brilliant adaptation of "Fiddler on the Roof," with Topol as Teyve. That film will play through Christmas Day, when Barbra Streisand's "Prince of Tides" will open. For more information, call the theater at (410) 435-8338.

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