City Screen Picturehouse opens season of Christmas films today with The Grinch

City Screen Picturehouse: Season of Christmas films

CITY Screen Picturehouse is celebrating the Christmas season in York with a series of festive films ranging from modern animations to returning classics.

Festive cinema-goers can look forward to the likes of Elf, Frozen, Die Hard and It’s A Wonderful Life, complemented by many more.

Marketing manager Tiffany Winterburn says: “We have a fantastic selection of films this season to get you in the Christmas spirit and invoke that feeling of festive nostalgia.”

Parents will have plenty of options to entertain their little ones every Saturday morning this month at 11am at Picturehouse’s Kids’ Club, beginning today with The Grinch (2018), followed by Frozen on December 10, The Muppets Christmas Carol on December 17 and Polar Express on December 24. Tickets cost £3.

In keeping with tradition, Frank Capra’s 1946 fantasy It’s A Wonderful Life (U) returns to City Screen this month, marked by a dementia-friendly screening on December 19. 

An elderly angel is sent from heaven to help desperately frustrated businessman George Bailey (James Stewart) as he contemplates suicide. Taking George back through his life to point out what good he has done, the angel shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

The December 19 screening is open to all, but specifically for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers, who are welcome to join for free tea, coffee and mince pies and a chance to socialise for 30 minutes before the film starts at 12.45pm.

A full list of upcoming films and times can be found on the Picturehouse Christmas 2022 blog at Tickets are available from the Coney Street box office or at

CITY Screen York is selling a selection of Christmas gifts, notably City Screen Christmas Crackers, available exclusively in the cinema.

Each cracker contains: 

● One voucher for a free cinema ticket 

● One voucher for a free drink (house wine, draught beer, soft drink or hot drink)

● A bag of chocolate coins 

● A joke and a paper hat 

These crackers are 100 per cent plastic-free, printed using vegetable inks and produced in the UK, making for both a minimalist and environmentally friendly gift. £1 from every cracker sold is donated to Picturehouse’s partner charity, Refuge, for the provision of specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. 

Crackers are available in singles at £16 or in a pack of six (£96). For more details, go to:

Stephen Joseph Theatre ready to open Christmas Selection Box of festive films

The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s artwork for the Christmas Selection Box film season

THE Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, will unwrap a Christmas Selection Box of festive screen favourites from December 15 to 24.

The mini-festival of films and show recordings for all ages will feature the Royal Opera House’s The Nutcracker; It’s A Wonderful Life; Die Hard; Love Actually; Home Alone and The Muppet Christmas Carol.  

Presented on the McCarthy screen at the former Odeon cinema, the screenings will be OC (open captioned), where stated.

The Christmas Selection Box comprises:

The Royal Opera House’s 2016 production of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House, recorded in 2016, December 15, 6.30pm; December 17, 1.30pm

PETER Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by the Royal Ballet in 1984.

Filmed in 2016, this charming and magical production of Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet, combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score, are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs.

James Stewart and Donna Reed in It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946), December 16, 6.30pm, and December 18, 1.30pm

JAMES Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers, as Clarence the angel, star in Frank Capra’s classic festive fantasy, considered by many to be the greatest Christmas film ever.

Bruce Willis lighting up Die Hard

Die Hard (1988), December 17 at 6.30pm; December 18 at 6.30pm; December 19 at 1.30pm (OC)

JOHN McTiernan’s action thriller is the ultimate “Is it or isn’t it a Christmas movie?”. Definitely it transformed Alan Rickman from a British stage actor into a top-notch international screen villain, starring alongside Bruce Willis, Alexander Godunov and Bonnie Bedelia in a wild romp around Los Angeles’s Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve.

Bill Nighy in Love Actually

Love Actually (2003), December 19, 6.30pm; December 21, 6.30pm

THERE are stellar casts…and there are stellar casts. Love Actually finds room for Bill Nighy; Colin Firth; Liam Neeson; Emma Thompson; Martin Freeman; Joanna Page; Chiwetel Ejiofor…

…Hugh Grant; Martine McCutcheon; Andrew Lincoln; Nina Sosanya; Julia Davis, Alan Rickman and Adam Godley. Even Ant and Dec sneak in there.

Then accommodate cameos from Billy Bob Thornton, January Jones and Jeanne Moreau, and it must be one of the starriest movies ever.

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone

Home Alone (1990), 30th anniversary screenings, December 21, 1.30pm; December 22, 6.30pm; December 23, 1.30pm

SCHITT’S Creek fans will enjoy seeing a young Catherine O’Hara as Kate, trying desperately to return home to her eight-year-old son Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who has been left – yes – home alone and apparently at the mercy of two ruthless burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Guess who comes out on top!

Michael Caine as Scrooge with Kermit and co in The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), December 22, 1.30pm; December 23, 6.30pm; December 24, 1.30pm

IT should not work, but it does: the Muppets’ take on the Dickens Christmas story sees Michael Caine’s Scrooge meet his match in Kermit and Robin the Frogs’ Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, alongside all the familiar Muppet characters. It all adds up to the perfect introduction to a perennial favourite for younger members of the family.

Tickets can be booked at or on 01723 370541 (Tuesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 5pm, or to 8pm on days with live performances, for both phone calls and in-person bookings).