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It's a Wonderful Life

The triumph of Everyman is celebrated each Christmas when Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, is played on television. The movie, starring James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore and Donna Reed, is even more impressive, however, when viewed on the big screen and area residents will have an opportunity to do just that Sunday at 11AM when The Moviehouse and Salisbury Bank & Trust sponsor a free showing as part of a village-wide celebration of the holiday season.

Stewart is George Bailey, a small-town banker who, despite a lifetime of good works, believes his life has had little meaning. Henry Travers is Clarence, the angel sent to earth to help George by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Set in the small town of Bedford Falls, the film reinforces the importance of individual contributions to the well-being of a community.

“We wanted something special for the holidays,” said Carol Sadlon, who owns The Moviehouse with her husband, Robert. “We partnered with Salisbury Bank, which is a wonderful community bank. A lot of people got on board to make it a real community event.”

She confessed that she and her husband particularly enjoy one line Stewart shouts as he runs down the street after the value of his life has been revealed. “We love it when he shouts, ‘Hi, Moviehouse,’” she said.

The Moviehouse will give out complimentary candy canes, cookies and apple cider, balloons and other goodies. Coloring books for the children will be provided courtesy of Salisbury Bank. After the film, visitors can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village, make a start on holiday shopping and, as the sun goes down, enjoy the spectacle of Millerton's new Main Street holiday lights. The rides are sponsored by Associated Lightening Rod and Over Mountain Builders
Millerton Fire Department’s Santa will also be out on the big, red, fire truck handing out candy canes.