Free family movies at the Harbor Theater

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After turkey and football and shopping. . . when everyone is nearly exhausted, bring the family to relax at the movies, with free admission and free popcorn. Co-sponsored by the towns of Boothbay and Southport, the Harbor Theater’s free family movies make holiday activities a little more accessible and affordable for everyone in the community. In October, Halloween is marked by a free screening of “Ghostbusters” (1984). For Thanksgiving, the Harbor Theater presents “Babe” (1995), rated G, 1 hour 31 minutes. The free movie (with free popcorn) screens once at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. You have plenty of time to watch the movie before watching the parade and fire truck competition!

Kind farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his Christmas dinner fate when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him to the next fair, Babe bonds with border collie mother Fly (Miriam Margolyes) and discovers he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly’s jealous husband Rex, accept a pig that doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy? Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer Carrie Rickey wrote, “Babe is not, strictly speaking, a children’s film. It’s a ridiculously funny fable that touches adults, too.” So don’t feel like you can’t make it to the movies even if the grandkids aren’t visiting this weekend. Everyone is welcome!

Two weeks later, on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m., the free movie that day will be “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), rated PG, 1 hour, 44 minutes. Directed by Ron Howard, it is based on Dr. Seuss’ book and stars Jim Carrey. Wrote Glen Oliver, IGN Movies, this movie is “Soft enough for the very young, edgy enough for teenagers, and world/pop culture savvy enough for adults.

In this live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s tale, the reclusive Green Grinch (Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the merry citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch descends from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to brush up on all things The Whos’ vacation. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he meets the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

We hope that families and groups of friends and neighbors from all over the peninsula will all come and take advantage of this holiday giveaway of free movies and free popcorn from the towns of Boothbay and Southport!

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