■ Susan Carrier / Contributed
The holiday calendar at the Historic Hemet Theatre is filled with a sparkling assortment of fun-filled entertainment for the whole family. Why not add one of these events to your holiday traditions?
On Friday, Dec. 1, Hemet Sunset Rotary hosts its annual Holiday Film Festival at HHT. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an elegant buffet of appetizers and desserts, plus wine, sparkling cider, eggnog and coffee. Festivities continue with the screening of a classic holiday movie. This year’s film is the 1940 classic, “The Shop Around the Corner,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. Tickets are $25 available at the door.
On Saturday Dec. 2, the HHT Foundation is hosting a gala event to benefit the Building Fund. “Vintage Vegas” will be an elegant evening of Las Vegas-style entertainment, unique food tastings, and more–all to benefit the Historic Hemet Theatre Foundation’s Building Fund. Featured entertainment is a tribute to Vegas’ famous Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.) performed by The Pack–straight from Las Vegas! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food, photos, raffles, prize giveaways and more. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 ($65 for Season Ticket VIPs), available at the ticket office or at the door.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, The Hemet Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus returns again for its annual “Christmas Sing-A-Long.” Last year’s event was so much fun, we just had to do it again. Joining the local Harmonizers will be The Temecula Wine Valley Harmonizers, 4 Cryin Out Loud Barbershop Quartet and choirs from local high schools. Show will be a mixture of choir performances and audience sing-a-long, complete with lyrics projected on the big screen. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled event–even Santa will be there! Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 kids (12 and under) available at the ticket office.
On Saturday, Dec. 16, Jim Curry and Band returns to Hemet with his wonderful tribute to the music of John Denver. “Rocky Mountain Christmas” is a delightful blend of holiday music and John Denver classics. Jim Curry’s look- and sound-alike show is spectacular, including background videos that are visually stunning. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale and are moving fast. This show will absolutely be sold out so buy your tickets now!
To finish out the year, on Sunday, Dec. 31, we celebrate the new year with the craziest New Year’s Eve in town. “Rocky Horror New Year’s Eve” begins at 9:30 p.m. with an orientation by the HHT Shadow Cast, followed by a screening of the 1975 cult classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. Audience members are encouraged to join in the “callouts” known by all film devotees. Film is rated R (and the audience lines are even worse) – no one under 17 admitted without a parent or guardian. Tickets are $15, including a bag of props for the ultimate audience participation (what’s Rocky Horror without the chance to hurl a roll of toilet paper across the auditorium?) No outside props allowed.
Visit www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com for a full lineup of events or stop by the ticket office Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; the box office can be reached at 951-658-5950.