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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:53

Polar Express on the GIANT Screen!

Length: 105 minutes

Cost: $5

Playing November 23 - December 13.

DAVENPORT - Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery.


Polar Express Pajama Party

DAVENPORT - Children of all ages are invited to attend the QC’s biggest pajama party! From 5 - 9 p.m. on Friday, December 7 and then again on Saturday, December 8! PJ partygoers will experience Polar Express as it was meant to be seen -- in your pjs and with delicious hot chocolate! Make holiday crafts and take a flashlight hike through the Exhibit Halls. This year there are twice as many activities! So put on your pjs, grab a flashlight and we will see you soon at the Putnam!

Cost: Putnam Members: $5/adults, $7/kids; Non-members: $7/adults, $10/kids and space is limited. To make your reservation today, call 563.324.1054 ext. 219.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Length: 104 minutes

Cost: $11/Adults; $10/Senior/Student/Military; $8/Youth

Playing November 23 - December 13.

DAVENPORT - He's mean, he's green, and he's doesn't like the Yuletide season one bit -- Jim Carrey stars in this live-action adaptation of the classic children's story by Dr. Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel). High atop Mt. Crumpet, the Grinch (Carrey) observes the residents of Whoville joyously preparing to celebrate Christmas. The Grinch was born in Whoville years ago, but was shunned due to his scary appearance, and his unrequited love for Martha May Whovier has turned him bitter; the good cheer of the Whos has been a thorn in his side ever since. Finally the Grinch decides he's had enough of all this happiness, and with the wary aid of his dog Max, the Grinch conspires to steal Christmas from Whoville, making off with their presents, holiday decorations, Christmas trees, and everything else used to enjoy the holiday.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Animated

Length: 26 minutes

Cost: Free with purchase of a Museum or movie admission ticket.

Playing on Saturdays now through December 8.

DAVENPORT - Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas originally aired on television in 1966 and has since become a holiday family favorite. Voiced by Boris Karloff who also narrates, the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch's hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville. Content to exchange presents, eat large banquets, and sing songs in the town square, the Whos live in a blissful ignorance of the Grinch's contempt. One year, he gets the idea to stop Christmas from coming by dressing up as Santa Claus. He cobbles together an outfit and makes his dog drag him around on a sleigh while sneaking into the Whos' homes and stealing their presents, food, and decorations. After he has stolen every last thing, the Whos wake up on Christmas morning to sing in the town square, causing the Grinch to question the basis of his nefarious plan. Thurl Ravenscroft the voice of kid cereal mascot Tony the Tiger provides the vocals for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." This story was remade into a live-action movie in 2000 by director Ron Howard starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

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