“A Christmas Story” (1983) at the Cerrito on Thursday, December 7, at 7:00

Enjoy warm holiday spirit with “A Christmas Story,” Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 at the Cerrito!

Here’s a Christmastime scene: 9-year-old Ralphie has decided what he wants for Christmas — an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, “No, you’ll shoot your eye out”. When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying “You’ll shoot your eye out.” When he visits a cantankerous Santa, Ralphie gets a similar response: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Ralphie fears that he’ll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him. There’s also a stubborn furnace, a tasteless lamp, a yellow-eyed bully, a pack of unruly dogs, and more.

Yes, we’re in the 1940’s in a small town. The viewer learns the story both as it happens and as reflected upon from an adult’s viewpoint. A wry and funny viewpoint, but as fresh as though it just happened.

“A Christmas Story” is based on the book by Jean Shepherd entitled “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.” It stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, Melinda Dillon as his mother, and Darren McGavin as his father. Jean Shepherd provides the narration. Bob Clark is the director.

“A Christmas Story” plays once only on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Please note that this is the first Thurday of the month, not the usual second Thursday. All seats are $9.00. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as many shows sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.


What is your favorite thing to eat at Scene? There are so many possibilities—including flatbread pizzas, a charcuterie and cheese sampler, baked sandwiches, “bites,” salads, and desserts. You can enjoy them there, or have them brought to your seat while you watch the movie. It’s also a fun place to hang out, with special wines and beers available. Check it out—on the right side of the theater, as you enter.

Upcoming Classics

Next up:

  • “Funny Face” (1957) with Fred Astaire & Audrey Hepburn—Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. (back to the usual second Thursday of the month)