Wonderful Life. I'm not sure if the following is true or if it's actually an urban myth, but apparently the reason the film is now considered such a seasonal staple is because during the 1970s, its screening royalties were ridiculously low. Therefore many TV channels could show it cheaply leading to a whole new generation and their families discovering the film. It has a U certificate and runs for a little over two hours.
For Christmas 2013, Cineworld have chosen It's A Wonderful Life as one of their Take 2 Thursday films and it has two screenings THIS THURSDAY. Directed by Frank Capra, James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man who wants to end it all until a guardian angel named Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) is sent to help him. Through a series of beautifully-constructed flashbacks, Clarence shows George how his life of selfless good deeds has actually made an amazing difference to his family, his friends and to the entire town.
Cineworld, Thu 19th Dec, 12.15 and 19.15.
Tickets various prices including the Take 2 Thursday deal, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, and in person from the foyer.