The Warner Theatre located on Main Street in Torrington will open the holiday season this year with two classic holiday films shown on their 50 foot screen on November 28.
The first film that will be shown is The Year Without a Santa Claus, the 1974 stop-motion animation television special featuring George S. Irving and Mickey Rooney, will be shown at 1:00 pm, doors will open at 11:30 am for a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Admission is FREE! No tickets are required; line will begin under the marquee.
At 7 p.m. the theatre will open its doors again for a screening of the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood at 7:00 pm; doors will open at 6:00 pm for a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Tickets for Miracle on 34th Street are $5.
Tickets for Miracle on 34th Street can be purchased by calling the Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org.
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THE WARNER THEATRE
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre.” Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat studio theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA’s mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region