The Camden Opera House’s popular Winter Family Film Series returns Tuesday, Dec. 29, with a vacation-week screening of  “Rise of the Guardians” (2012, USA). The movie will begin 7 p.m. at the historic downtown venue, Elm Street/Route 1. Box office open 6:15 p.m. NOTE: POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, DUE TO TUESDAY'S WINTER STORM!

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world. Based on William Joyce’s the Guardians of Childhood book series, “Rise of the Guardians” is a gorgeously animated film about boogeyman Pitch Black’s attempts to spread darkness and fear throughout the world and the guardians’ attempts to foil him.

In 2016, the series will screen a Sunday matinee each month through April, offering fun, colorful and family-rated films. Next up, Jan. 24, will be the Steven Spielberg classic “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.” The series will continue Feb. 28 with popular Disney movie “Frozen,” March 20 with “Princess Bride” and April 10 with the hilarious “Shrek.” Each film will be shown on the big movie screen at 2 p.m.; tickets are only $5 ($15 family cap) and include free popcorn. Tickets will be sold cash/check only at the door the day of each screening; the box office will open at 1:15 p.m. Sponsor is once more by Camden National Bank, providing both financial support and popcorn.

The idea for Family Fun Films came from community parents who wanted to attend films the way they used to be seen — Sunday afternoons at the local theater for a gentle price, with something good to snack on. Local parents also suggested the films they would enjoy seeing in the opera house’s comfortable and elegantly beautiful space, a nice change from staying at home on a winter’s day. Camden Opera House Committee Chairman Marc Ratner, along with his son Ethan and wife Kim; and film committee members Nora Eldredge, Ben Curtis and Beth O’Connor have all helped to shape and run the series.

Camden Opera House has always screened films, and continues to selectively expands its film offerings. In 2015, through a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, it acquired a state-of-the-art digital projector and film screen. The idea is to utilize it for relevant special event films, at same time offering highest quality technical support possible to conferences and the Camden International Film Festival. The venue also screens a monthly CIFF Select film and other special event films, as well as this family series. For more information on each film, visit the newly updated website at

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