One of the greatest and best-loved of all Christmas films is to get a festive screening in a County Durham cinema.

It’s a Wonderful Life will be put on at Durham City’s Gala Theatre and Cinema in two special Christmas screenings. The screenings will take place on Thursday 20th December at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm.

Produced and directed by Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life was made way back in 1946. The film follows the ups and downs of George Bailey, a man who has sacrificed his dreams so that he can help others.

When George – played by James Stewart – is faced with a seemingly impossible situation on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel appears to him.

The angel – played by Henry Travers – cheers George up by showing him how much worse life in his hometown of Bedford Falls would be if he hadn’t been born.

Many film buffs consider It’s a Wonderful Life to be one of the greatest films ever made. For years people have taken inspiration from its message of appreciating the beauty around us, especially in the Christmas period.

Though the film performed quite poorly at the box office upon its release, it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The American Film Institute has listed it as one of the Best 100 American Films Ever Made and has declared it to be the most inspirational American film of all time.

The manager of the Gala Theatre and Cinema, Robin Byers, said, “Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without our annual screening of It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“What better way to get into the festive spirit than to watch this magical film with a warming glass of mulled wine.”

Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life are available for £10.00 or £14.50. The price of the ticket includes a complementary mince pie and glass of mulled wine. To book, please go to or telephone 03000 266 600.

(The featured image shows a scene from the 1946 classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life.)

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