Unfortunately, there will be no “White Christmas” at The Egyptian Theatre this year.
The movie was supposed to be shown December 6th and 12th. The 5-year tradition that started in 2012 by Boise Classic Movies will be stopping, at least for this year.
“Competitor Edwards Cinemas will be showing “White Christmas” next week
It is a sad day when “White Christmas” will not be played at The Egyptian Theatre. Edwards has a deal to run the movie with over 600 theatres nationwide. They decided to enact their right of refusal not to have other theatres show a “White Christmas.” The Egyptian even tried to find ways around it to keep the tradition going.
“Either way, there didn’t seem to be wiggle room. “We desperately wanted to
show the movie and looked under every rock we could find to keep the screening
on,” Boise Classic Movies says. “We even begged the distributor to let us show it
for free as a canned food drive, just to keep folks from missing the show. But the
title is blacked out altogether.”
“Wyatt Werner, who founded Boise Classic Movies in 2012, did not seem
interested in elaborating. He declined my request for a phone interview. (Dude,
like, where’s the holiday spirit?)”
With this said at least we can still enjoy this Christmas movie in 2018, 64 years after it was
released! It is disappointing that a local place can’t play the film this year, and we will see how
it plays out. There is still hope that in years to come Edwards will allow The Egyptian Theatre to continue the paused tradition.