'Tis the week when people thank other people for a bevy of nice deeds (and, it goes without saying, it is also the week where words like "'tis" start sentences in greater numbers).
This seasonal, heart-big feeling extends to local businesses, too -- stores, restaurants, and theaters that do their share in sprinkling a little cheer here and there. TCL Chinese Theatres is one such venue intent on showing gratitude to the community, and it is doing so by doing what it does best: Screening a movie.
Make that a free movie, in the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, and make it one of the merriest standards of the modern yuletide season: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." It screens on Sunday morning, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m.
It's the 25th anniversary for the nutty, nog-scented movie starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Will the turkey explode? Will something misfire with all of those many, many, many bulbs making the house bright? And will everyone keep their cool on the snowy night?
What to do, where to go and what to see
You may know the answers, if you catch it on television each year, but it has likely been a couple of decades since you saw it on the big screen (if you happened to see it when it was first released).
As far as the free part? It is a way to give gratitude to the community. Note that TCL Chinese Theatres is asking every patron who attends to donate a can of food. The beneficiary? PATH (People Assisting The Homeless).
It's a first come, first seated deal, so set out that can of food Saturday night and get a move on early Sunday morning. Make like Chevy Chase in the "National Lampoon" flicks, in fact: The eager, ready-to-go-the-distance dad who'd arrive early for a festive movie.
Be Clark Griswold, in short. Without all of the mishaps and hiccups, of course.