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Two screenings of the Christmas classic “The Polar Express” is on tap on Wednesday at The Coliseum Theatre at 404 Taylor Street in downtown Corinth.

The Coliseum Theatre has a magical Wednesday in store for children of all ages.

The Corinth Area Arts Council will host two events surrounding the screening of the computer-animated Christmas classic “The Polar Express” on Wednesday inside the historic downtown Corinth Coliseum at 404 Taylor Street.

A 10 a.m. screening will include a breakfast bar and each child will receive a believe bell made famous in the film and book. Santa Claus and The Conductor – a favorite character in “The Polar Express” – will be available for a meet and greet.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children with doors opening one hour before start time for each event. Tickets can be purchased online at corinthcoliseum.com or at the event.

There is another screening of the film set for 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. Tickets are $8 each and Santa has promised to make an appearance.

“The arts council is looking forward to bringing this holiday classic back,” said Patrick Hudson, general manager of The Coliseum Theatre. “These events expand the experience and allow everyone, regardless of age, to experience the magic and to believe once again.”

Hudson said opting to offer two screenings on the same day was the council’s way of ensuring everyone gets a chance to see the classic on the theatre’s newly installed screen.

“We know many people can’t make a morning screening, so we elected to do a second screening in the evening,” he added. “These events are all about the community. We want to create great memories for families and bring joy to the arts this holiday season.”

Deemed as one of the classic Christmas stories for young children, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg first appeared in book stores in 1985. It has since been republished dozens of times and is praised for its detailed illustrations and calm, relaxing storyline.

The film version brings the story to the screen with much of the same art style from the book achieved through CGI technology. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as The Conductor, the film is a fun and festive musical adventure.

The story spotlights a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Christmas cartoons

Hudson said the arts council will also host back-to-back screenings of classic Christmas cartoons on Thursday.

The lineup of unforgettable holiday TV specials from yesteryear include 1964’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” 1969’s “Frosty the Snowman,” 1966’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and others.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Doors open at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. screening. Concessions will be available.

All proceeds from both events benefit The Coliseum Theatre.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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