Screen scene: Local film news

YIPPEE KI-YAY: Bruce Willis in a still from "Die Hard." Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. chooses sides on the debate of whether the film is a Christmas movie by screening it at 10 nightly, Dec. 21-23. Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

• The Beer City Blazers motorcycle club continues its Moto Movie Night on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive. The event takes the place of the group’s bike nights over the winter and will feature a different motorcycle-themed film each month. Riders of all types are invited. Free to attend, but donations for the group’s charitable efforts are appreciated.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., brings back its annual Christmas movie marathon in the days leading up to Dec. 25. Friday, Dec. 21, features Elf (noon and 3:30 p.m.), A Christmas Story (7 p.m.) and Die Hard (10 p.m.). Saturday, Dec. 22, showcases Elf (noon and 3:30 p.m.), Scrooged (7 p.m.) and Die Hard (10 p.m.). Sunday, Dec. 23, offers Elf (noon and 3:30 p.m.), Edward Scissorhands (7 p.m.) and Die Hard (10 p.m.). And the schedule for Monday, Dec. 24, is Elf (noon and 3:30 p.m.) and Edward Scissorhands (7 p.m.). All tickets are $3 per screening and available at the box office and online, with the exception of Die Hard, tickets for which are only purchasable in person.

• The Film Fridays series continues at the Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, on Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. with Christmas with the Kranks. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free.

• The West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, continues its Book-to-Movie series on Friday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m., with a screening of A Christmas Story. The seasonal favorite is based on the novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd, who also narrates the film. Free.

Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., hosts screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life on Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1:30 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Tickets are available online and at the Grail box office.

Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, presents a family-friendly Christmas Movie-thon on Sunday, Dec. 23. The brewery’s event space will show the live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas at noon, Elf at 2 p.m. and Gremlins at 4 p.m. Free to attend.


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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