'Elf' joins lineup of Christmas classics at Texan this month

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“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

The irrepressible holiday spirit of Buddy the Elf (a.k.a. Will Ferrell) will be on the Texan Theater’s silver screen later this month during Reel East Texas Film Festival’s second annual Christmas movie marathon. The eight-hour series is once again free to all comers.

The theater’s seen a lot of changes since last year’s event – HVAC, important – and a slew of classic holiday cartoons and vintage films will be waiting for revelers from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, during downtown’s Jingle All the Way festivities.

The free screening of “Elf” crowns the day’s lineup, the licensed showing sponsored by Charlie Walker of Charlie’s Sno-Balls & Seasonal Tanning.

In the current schedule, the marathon opens at 11 a.m. with vintage cartoons including “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Snow Foolin’,” “Christmas Comes but Once a Year,” “Somewhere In Dreamland,” “Hector’s Hectic Life,” “Jack Frost” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

It’ll be the second year for another Christmas cult classic as “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” returns to the Texan’s screen at noon followed by, at 1:30 p.m., “The Snow Queen” (along with a 1941 “Superman” cartoon).

The 1955 made-for-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” runs at 3 p.m. followed by an afternoon repeat of the cartoon block at 4 p.m.

“Elf,” released in 2003, remains one of the highest-grossing Christmas movies of all time. Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “The Jungle Book”) the film features Ferrell as an oversized elf with an enormous personality alongside James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart and Mary Steenburgen.

For updates on the lineup Dec. 15, visit tinyurl.com/KilgoreChristmasMarathon.

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