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Scranton Cultural Center hosts free ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ screening on Oct. 30

Scranton Cultural Center hosts free ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ screening on Oct. 30
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From a press release:

Just before Halloween, the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present a free showing of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.

The event will be held in Shopland Hall on the fourth floor of the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton). Seating is general admission, and patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and pillows for floor seating.

Tickets are free in person from the box office and online via, with a limit of eight per household. Masks are required in the building. Call 570-344-1111 for more information.

Directed by Henry Selick with music by Danny Elfman, the 1993 stop-motion animated classic is rated PG and runs for one hour and 16 minutes.

Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder, where every holiday has its own special land – and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town. Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town, but as his dream to fill Santa’s shoes unravels, it’s up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together.

This critically acclaimed movie milestone captured the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere with its Academy Award-nominated stop-motion effects, engaging Grammy Award-nominated music, and the genius of Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman”). The memorable voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ed Ivory.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” was the first full-length stop-motion animated film ever created. The movie contains more than 227 animated characters. Santa Claus’ head has more than 50 different working parts, and Jack has more than 400 separate interchangeable heads, each handcrafted with a different facial expression. The smallest working puppet in the movie is a doll from the “real world” Jack visits that is only one inch long. Sally is wearing a real miniature dress laid on top of foam latex so that the fabric doesn’t move too much on screen. At the height of production, the animators produced only 70 seconds of finished film per week. To create Halloweentown’s twisted look, the design artists often made their sketches using their non-drawing hand.