You know I love me the classic movies. I will pretty much watch any movie if it's in black and white and made before 1965. I especially love movies that were made in the 1930s and getting the chance to see them on an actual big screen instead of on a tv is a real treat. Every Saturday the International Museum of Art screens a classic film, but this weekend, they are going to break out of their mold a bit and show a number of different programs just in time for Christmas.

Everyone thinks that A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first animated Christmas tv show for kids, but it was beaten by a few years by Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol debuted on December 18, 1962. For 20 years it was shown every year, but then disappeared from tv. You can still catch it every now and again on tv, but this Saturday, you can watch it on the big screen at the International Museum of Art.

In December 1939, the world was poised on the brink of a World War. The movie studio MGM released an animated short called Peace on Earth. I've seen it on tv, but never on the big screen. The story revolves around two young squirrels who ask their grandfather why they say “Good will to men” at Christmastime. They also ask what “men” are. The grandpa squirrel says "men" ruled the world until they were all killed off by war. The topic is heavy, but kids will be able to handle it.

The movies are free and after the show, check out the Museum. It has a lot of interesting exhibits, and the architecture and furnishings are breathtaking. You can even enjoy the fantastically well-priced concessions. They have popcorn, soft drinks, and candy for a buck a piece so you can take your whole family with you and will probably spend less than forty bucks for the whole afternoon.

WHAT: Various movies
WHEN: Saturday, December 21, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana

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