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Catch the Festive Holiday films showing this week

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"It's a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart, shows at area movies houses this week.

If it’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes, then that makes it time to catch some great holiday films again.

The folks at the Hamburg Palace Theatre (31 Buffalo St., Hamburg) who are "committed to bringing holiday cheer to you and your family," will screen Frank Capra’s perennial holiday favorite "It’s a Wonderful Life" at 1 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18). Later in the week, the movie house will show "A Christmas Story" at 1 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 22) (www.hamburgpalace.com).

"It’s a Wonderful Life" gets a nice run in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst) at 8 tonight (Dec. 16), Saturday (Dec. 17) and next Friday (Dec. 23), and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18), Tuesday (Dec. 20) and Thursday (Dec. 22). You can also catch "Scrooge" at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 17) and next Friday (Dec. 23) and "Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival," starring a restored version of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," at 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18)in the Screening Room (www.screeningroom.net).

Also, the Tim Allen comedy "The Santa Clause" will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18) in Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). It’s free, but tickets are required (Wegmans, box office). Holiday activities for the kids will be in the Shea’s lobby at 1 p.m. (www.sheas.org).

-- Toni Ruberto

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