Capitol screens ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’

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In anticipation of Halloween, the Capitol Arts Complex (220 W. Dominick St.) will present two show times of the 1993 stop-motion movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The shows will be outdoors in the tunnel between the historic theater and Cinema Capitol tonight, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

Produced by Tim Burton and with music by Danny Elfman, the movie follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington. Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, he has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.”

When Jack accidentally stumbles upon Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers that even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Upon its release, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was nominated for an Oscar for “Best Visual Effects,” as well as a Golden Globe for “Best Original Score.” The movie has developed a cult following over the years and maintains a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Seattle Times writes that the “fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.” Variety also writes “The dazzling techniques employed here create a striking look that’s never been seen in such sustained form, making this a unique curio that will appeal to kids and film enthusiasts alike.”

Admission to “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be “pay what you like” and all contributions are greatly appreciated. The concession stand will be open at both shows with fresh popcorn and hot and cold beverages. Indoor restrooms will be available throughout the show.

Patrons must wear masks when not seated for the movie and parties will be seated at least 6 feet apart. Patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs but these can be provided if necessary. Blankets or warm jackets are also recommended.

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