George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all - and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence - who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years. This film is a part of Hopewell Theater's  The Art of Living Well series featuring inspiring films, speakers and interactive discussions exploring ways of cultivating serenity, meaning and a deeper connection to one’s self and the world. Catch the holiday classics to define all holiday classics on the big screen on Tuesday, December 25 at 7 pm and Saturday, December 29 at 4:30 pm.
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for THE POLAR EXPRESS , an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy 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. Wednesday, December 26 at 7 pm
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. Three chances to catch this good natured, family holiday comedy on HT's big screen!
Regular screening:   Thursday, December 27 at 7 pm
Crybaby Matinee:  Thursday, December 27 at 11 am  
Bettye LaVette is not a song writer. She is a singer in the tradition of great vocalists who have come before her: Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dinah Washington to name just a few. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Her gift is being able to take a song from any genre, whether well known or obscure, and making it completely her own. She will take a writer's lyric and alter it so that the words come out sounding like something that she would say. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the artists who have had their work re-imagined by Bettye. To quote another great vocalist, the late George Jones, "Bettye is truly a 'singer's singer'."

These intimate shows allow Bettye's voice to be the complete center of attention. They feature Bettye performing songs from throughout her 55 year career, including songs that she used to perform in small Detroit clubs before her 21st Century resurgence began. Bettye has always said that just a voice and one instrument is all you need to sell a song. Hearing Bettye in this intimate setting, stripped down to just her voice and a piano, is a very intense and moving experience.  A great way to lead into the New Year with friends or loved ones, join Hopewell Theater on Friday, December 28 at 8 pm! Only a few tickets remain - grab yours before they're gone! 
Returning to Hopewell Theater, the popular Animation Show of Shows will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world , four of which have qualified for Academy Award® consideration . The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows represents the work of artists from six countries and includes six student films. In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face. Funny, moving, engaging, and thought-provoking,The Animation Show of Shows not only has something for everyone, but is a remarkable and insightful microcosm of our world. Opens Saturday, December 29 with a Crybaby Screening on Thursday, January 3 at 11 am.
A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the `mogwai' but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve. Sunday, December 30 at 6:45 pm.
Give Hope Holiday Fundraising Drive
 Now through January 7, Hopewell Theater is proud to ‘Give Hope’ this holiday season to Young Audiences Arts for Learning by supporting their mission of giving the gift of creativity to all children. Add a donation to your ticket purchase to support Young Audiences and their mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts! Click here to learn more about Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
Hopewell Theater has gift baskets and gift certificates, the perfect gift for the film or music lover in your life. More information on our website , in person at the box office or call (609) 466-1964.
AND DON'T MISS:
MOVIES, COMEDY, & LIVE MUSIC
COMING SOON
THE PROFESSOR: TAI CHI'S JOURNEY WEST
The Art of Living Well series
The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West is the first major feature documentary about Tai Chi and one of its greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and Chinese culture to the West during the swinging, turbulent 60’s. Though Cheng is an important transformational figure, his teachings have been overlooked. This documentary film tells the story of his remarkable life and features Tai Chi as a martial art and a spiritual practice. Tuesday, January 8 at 7 pm

All screenings are at 7 pm. Upcoming films in The Art of Living Well series:

Tuesday, January 22
FINDING JOE

Tuesday, February 5
WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO SANTIAGO

Tuesday, February 19
EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC

Tuesday, March 5
FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF
Family Matinee:
MARY & THE WITCH'S FLOWER
Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms once every seven years. Together, the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College -- a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try and set things right. Saturday, January 26 - time TBD.
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Saturday, February 23 at TBD
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
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Crybaby Matinees
Starting in December, Crybaby Matinees will take place every Thursday at 11 am, though not all films will be programmed in advance.
Upcoming dates in the series:
Dec 27: ELF
Jan 10: Film TBD
Jan 17: Film TBD
Jan 31: Film TBD
Casablanca
An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Special Valentine's Day screening at 8 pm with optional Supper Club at 6 pm on Thursday, February 14 (see menu here ) or regular screening on Saturday, February 16 at 2:15 pm.

COMEDY, THEATRE & PERFORMANCE
COMING SOON
This Really Happened... Storytelling at HT
Join us for our ongoing series This Really Happened... featuring some of the most hilarious and moving storytellers on stage. With a rotating cast of storytellers, the show is always fresh. Audience members can also claim a spot in the show and share a "two-minute tale" at the open-mic at the end of each show, for up to six audience members. Hosted by Joey Novick, each show will be one hour long with no intermission, followed by the open mic segment of “two-minute tales." The casts for January and February shows are to be announced. Friday, January 4 at 8 pm & Friday, February 8 at 8 pm.
Women of a Certain Age
With Louis CK, Bill Cosby and Al Franken out of the comedy circuit and no doubt many more “balls” to drop, the only funny people left are the legendary women of stand up. Women of a Certain Age Comedy is a show straight from the unfettered mouths and uninhibited minds of the funniest, most daring, most experienced people in comedy: the women that have seen it all. 
Saturday, January 19 at 8 pm
Bright Star Children's Theatre: Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk
Literature comes to life in this hysterical production, bringing to the stage the stories of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk! Mabel and Lenny, the comic duo who made Aesop’s Fables such a roaring success, are determined to reenact these two classic fairy tales, undertaking almost a dozen roles. From the character formerly known as Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother to a growing beanstalk and a giant lumbering above our set, this production is always a favorite of young people and families alike.  Saturday, February 2 at noon
Playmate Playwrights presents LOVE IS STRANGE
Hopewell Theater is proud to partner with Playmate Playwrights to present a conglomeration of six original one act live play readings in one evening. Playwrights, Jonathan Chiccino, Joanne Eisenberg, Meghan Malloy, Jennifer Nelson and Susan Sandor had the option of taking the theme in any direction they chose, making for a diverse body of work. You may laugh, cry, or sigh in your seats. “Our mission is to bring our works to life live on stage, make them memorable for the audience, and to help us grow as playwrights,” says Susan Sandor, producer of the performance. The plays are directed by veteran actor and acting instructor, Joey Perillo. This is the group’s second staged reading, the first of which played to a sold-out crowd and received big-hearted accolades from the audience. Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm
Travel Sonic Pathways:
An Experiential Concert with Suzin Green
Travel the vibrant pathways of pure sound. Green's astounding vocals, Johnson's powerful percussion grooves, and Spiker's virtuoso guitars create a pulsing sonic landscape that weaves the power of ecstatic chant, tribal beats, and digital soundwaves. Their music will take you on a transformational journey inspired by the majesty and depth of the human soul. This performance is a part of Hopewell Theater's  The Art of Living Well series featuring inspiring films, speakers and interactive discussions exploring ways of cultivating serenity, meaning and a deeper connection to one’s self and the world.
Thursday, February 7 at 8 pm.

Please note: This event is for “entertainment purposes” only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. This event will not render medical or psychological advice, opinion, diagnosis, or treatment. The information provided through this event should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. This event does not reflect the views or opinions of Hopewell Theater or its management (HT) and HT is not responsible for the accuracy of its content.
LIVE MUSIC COMING SOON
Family Fun Concert:
The Green Planet Band
Jam out to Rock N Roll classics!
Saturday, January 5 12 pm
Seamus Egan Project
Multi-instrumentalist who's put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others.
Saturday, January 5 8 pm
Mamma's Marmalade
Classic bluegrass instrumentation bringing fresh vibrancy to old traditions.
Saturday, January 26 8 pm
Hot Club of Philadelphia
Classic bluegrass instrumentation bringing fresh vibrancy to old traditions.
Saturday, February 16 8 pm
Willie Nile
"Better than most performers have to offer by far." - Rolling Stone 
Saturday, February 23 8pm
Mike Tramp of White Lion & John Corabi of Mötley Crüe & Ratt
Special Acoustic Performance
Thursday, March 14 7:30pm
Tickets on sale to HT members 1/14. On-sale to general public 1/21.
Mick Moloney and the Green Fields of America
Supergroup group led by musician & musicologist Mick Moloney
Saturday, March 16 8 pm
Tickets on sale to HT members 1/14. On-sale to general public 1/21.
The Allman Betts Band
Ft. Devon Allman & Duane Betts, the sons of Allman Brothers Band legends Gregg Allman & Dickey Betts
Sunday, March 31 7:30 pm
Nellie McKay
British-American singer-songwriter & Broadway performer
Saturday, April 13 8pm
Tickets on sale to HT members 1/14. On-sale to general public 1/21.
XPN Welcomes Chris Smither
"Weathered singing and unhurried picking" - Rolling Stone
Saturday, April 20 8pm
Carbon Leaf
Blending rock, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and Americana traditions into a high-energy style
Thursday, June 6 7:30 pm
Live music that spans the sonic spectrum. Indie, foreign and classic cinema. Satisfying snacks and personable people. Here at Hopewell Theater, they all come together. Join us for an upcoming event . Or join us for real and become a member to receive special perks and privileges. Either way, you’re in for a selectively eclectic experience.