Coolidge Corner Theatre Kids Shows – Winter Lineup!

Now here is an indoor, winter venue you don’t want to miss in 2011.   The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline is New England’s most successful independent, not-for-profit cinema. Built as a church in 1906, it was redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933 and has never closed its doors to the public since then, becoming a non-profit foundation in 1988. The Coolidge celebrates the experience of cinema by presenting the finest international, documentary, animated, and independent film selections and series.

The primary mission of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation is “to entertain, enlighten, and engage — building community through film culture.” The core of their programming is cinema, and their goal is to show films as they were meant to be seen:  on the last giant silver screen in Boston.

The Coolidge offers a discounted-admission series geared toward new parents called  Box Office Babies, where parents are invited to bring infants under one year.  New parents can watch the latest movies in their big theater and bring their own “new productions”! Infants welcome: no need to be quiet, at these baby-friendly daytime screenings.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre Kids Shows, co-presented by Magic Beans, feature the best of shorts, feature and animated films , as well as live entertainment, all geared towards children 3-10 years old and their families.  All shows start at 10:30 am and take place in 217-seat second floor theatre unless otherwise indicated.  Stroller parking is available in the downstairs lobby and the theater is fully accessible. Booster seats are also available for the tiny ones.

Tickets are $9.75 for adults and $7.75 for children for live acts and $7 for adults/$5 for children to all films. All children pay admission unless they are held in their parents lap for the entire show.  Don’t get shut out of the show!  Buy your tickets early at the box office or you can purchase tickets online here.

Check out their wonderful winter line-up below, or key word search “Coolidge Corner” on Ziptivity.com.  This weekend, they kick off the season with Debbie & Friends!  I took my kids to see her last year and she is an endearing entertainer your children will love.  I just remember so many parents and kids dancing in their seats!

Now c’mon, let’s get going!

Debbie & Friends
Saturday, January 8 at 10:30am
Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs! Debbie and Friends concerts are fun for the whole family. Parents and kids join in this interactive “variety show,” which includes a diverse array of styles including rock, pop, country, reggae, and Broadway-esque tunes. You’ll become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, fix Rosie’s wrong rhymes, test your skills with the Simon Sez Song, and share a special moment with your loved ones singing “Love Is a Family.”
Recommended for ages 2+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Film: Babe
Saturday, January 15 at 10:30am
Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee, Babe is the inspirational story of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn’t quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be – even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale the whole family will love. 89min, in English.
Recommended for ages 5+. Tickets: $7 adults / $5 children

Artbarn presents Click Clack Moo
Sunday, January 23 at 10:30am
Make way for the Bunnies and Rabbits! Artbarn’s Split Hares Traveling Troupe for K – 2nd and 3rd – 6th graders is designed to give students an introduction to performance and community service. The Split Hares will be at the Coolidge to perform Click Clack Moo, based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by Doreen Cronin. This hilarious tale of plucky barnyard animals who learn to type will give young rebels-in-the-making a taste of the power of peaceful protest and the satisfaction of cooperative give and take. Recommended for ages 3+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Davey the Clown
Saturday, January 29 at 10:30am
DAVEY THE CLOWN is a physical comedian, juggler, unicyclist and accordionist. His show includes juggling, amazing magic, incredible unicycling (on a 6-foot unicycle!), wacky antics, balloon sculpture, audience participation, and a rubber chicken! Plus accordion music, and a parade with volunteers from the audience! One hour of entertainment that will keep kids (and adults) convulsed – with laughter.
Recommended for ages 2+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Film: The Muppet Movie
Sunday, February 6 at 10:30am
They’re irreverent, irrepressible, and downright irresistible. They’re the Muppets! — starring in their first full-length movie. See how their meteoric rise to fame and fortune began: with a rainbow, a song . . . and a Frog. After a fateful meeting with a big-time talent agent, Kermit the Frog heads for Hollywood dreaming of showbiz. Along the way, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, and the dazzling Miss Piggy join him in hopes of becoming film stars too. But all bets are off when Kermit falls into the clutches of Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), a fast-food mogul seeking to promote his French-fried frog-leg franchise! Featuring Oscar-nominated music and side-splitting appearances by some of the biggest names on the silver screen — including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, and more!
Recommended for ages 5+. Tickets: $7 adults / $5 children

Alexander, King of Jesters
Saturday, February 12 at 10:30am
It’s easy to imagine a court jester – the colorful trickster with bells jingling from his floppy hat. But have you ever seen one perform in real time? A rare treat, indeed! Enter the world of the Wise Fool, and take an inspiring journey to Medieval times. A Coolidge regular, Alex the Jester has performed his physical comedy on Showtime, America’s Got Talent, Off-Broadway in NY, and at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Recommended for ages 3+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

The Cat’s Pajamas
Sunday, February 20 at 10:30am
The Cat’s Pajamas makes very cool music for kids, bringing a musical comedy twist to high-octane kid-rock. The Cats put on more than a concert—they plunge the audience into a wild, wonderful world of stories, puppets and props, backed by a band making great music that just happens to be for kids. “The Cat’s Pajamas makes great music for everyone in the family!” — Bill Harley, children’s musician, storyteller and NPR commentator.
Recommended for ages 3+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Magic by Scott Jameson
Saturday, February 27 at 10:30am
Come see the show audiences are calling “superb!”, “a blast!”, and “heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson at the Coolidge for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Recommended for ages 3+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Little Groove
Saturday, March 5 at 10:30am
Little Groove is quality, groovy, fun, educational, well-produced music for children that adults can listen to over and over again! Sara Wheeler formed the Little Groove band in 2006. Sara is a professional touring singer/songwriter based out of Boston, and has six adult contemporary folk CDs under her belt. She has toured across the US, Europe and Japan several times. Her dream was to break into the children’s music market and create quality music products for children. She has recorded over 100 children’s songs in the past two years, 22 of which are on Little Groove’s new CD Building Blocks.      Recommended for ages 2+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Looney Tunes Weekend
Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at 10:30am
They’re the crown princes of animation. They’re the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy. They’re the fabulously funny friends you grew up with! Join Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and the gang for another fun-filled weekend of classic Warner Bros cartoons at the Coolidge!
Recommended for ages 5+. Tickets: $7 adults / $5 children

Jenny the Juggler
Sunday, March 20 at 10:30am
Now in her debut performance at the Coolidge, Jenny the Juggler thrills kids and adults alike with juggling, magic, music, singing, physical comedy, interactive silliness, audience participation, inspiring messages and a real live bunny!  See for yourself what has made Jenny Boston’s “Best and Only” Female Professional Juggler since 1997.  Be sure to join us on the first day of spring for this one of a kind show that’s fun for the whole family!
Recommended for ages 3+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

Billy Kelly & the Blah Blah Blahs
Saturday, March 26 at 10:30am
Songs about milk, pine cones, springtime, 18-wheelers, the moon, and just about anything else you can think of, in a style described as “Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld (writing) lyrics for all-ages music played by an acoustic Weezer.” A fun, clever and silly morning of music not to be missed.
Recommended for ages 3+. Tickets: $9.75 adults / $7.75 children

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