How the Show Business Grinch Stole White Christmas From Boise Classic Movies 

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The abrupt cancellation of the Thursday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 13 screenings of White Christmas by Boise Classic Movies at The Egyptian Theatre is a sobering reminder that show business is indeed a business. Wyatt Werner, the man behind Boise Classic Movies, told Boise Weekly that his third-party distributor received a a phone call from representatives of Fathom Events—which is planning its own screenings of White Christmas at commercial cineplexes on Sunday, Dec. 9—telling him to call off the show.

"And the sad news is that this all happened after we had sold 1,000 tickets to our Boise Classic Movies event," said Werner.

Werner said he pleaded with the distributor to show White Christmas at The Egyptian for free, with attendees donating a can of food for the needy. But Fathom Events was having none of it. Even so, Werner is taking the high road.

"We're still encouraging people to go enjoy White Christmas at the Fathom Events [screening]," he said.

In the meantime, Werner is faced with refunds to 1,000 would-be attendees of his event at The Egyptian.

"I'm actually offering a 110 percent credit so that people can use that toward a future screening," he said.

As for other holiday films, Boise Classic Movies still has plenty to choose from in the coming week, beginning with A Muppet Christmas Carol on Saturday, Dec. 8; followed by A Christmas Story on Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14; and It's a Wonderful Life on Wednesday, Dec. 19. 
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