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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

On December 9, 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" debuted on CBS, featuring Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" characters. The TV special has become a popular program around the holidays. The movie will be shown at Art House Cinema, with a live band performing the soundtrack, on Dec. 10 and 11. 

Ring in the holidays with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on the big screen, featuring a live band playing the soundtrack to the classic Charles M. Schulz film. 

The showing will be Dec. 10 and 11 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Art House Cinema and Pub featuring local musicians Parker Brown, Chris Erickson, Erik Olson, Keller Paulson, and John Roberts. The group will perform the famous soundtrack live as the beloved cartoon is shown on the big screen behind them.

This is the third year the musicians have come together to perform at Art House, said Brown, who plays bass in the ensemble.

"It's neat to see the parents who have grown up watching it come and get that big dose of nostalgia, and they're bringing their kids and grand kids and it turns into a family event," Brown said. "And kids that grew up on it in their 20s and 30s are coming too. That's the fun part, seeing everyone come together and enjoy it."

The idea originated with Erickson, who scored the music that the group uses to perform. There is some improvisation, but based off the 1965 album by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.

The event is family-friendly, and tickets for both 5:30 p.m. shows are sold out, according to Art House. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are available in advance at Art House Cinema, 109 N. 30th St. or online at arthousebillings.com.

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