Popcorn and snowflakes: 'Nutcracker' at the movies

Popcorn and snowflakes: 'Nutcracker' at the movies
Image shows New York City Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." The New York City Ballet will transmit its "Nutcracker" live Dec. 13 to some 560 movie theaters in 50 states.
NEW YORK (AP) - For so many American kids, it's their first - and sometimes only - exposure to ballet: A holiday performance of "The Nutcracker," that classic tale of a little girl's dreamlike encounters with battling mice and toy soldiers, a dashing prince, a growing Christmas tree and a land of sweets.

There's one in virtually every town. But until now, if you lived in Anchorage or Omaha or Tulsa, you weren't able to see what many consider the Nutcracker gold standard: the late George Balanchine's classic production for New York City Ballet.

On Dec. 13, though, the company will beam a live "Nutcracker" performance in high-definition from Lincoln Center to some 560 movie theaters in all 50 states, followed the next night by a live broadcast on public television.

In taking its "Nutcracker" national, the company hopes to promote its brand, earn new revenue and join a growing trend of HD transmissions of live performance, pioneered by the Metropolitan Opera.

Here is a list of theaters in Washington state that will be broadcasting the performance live:

• Anacortes Cinemas ANACORTES

• Auburn 17 Theatres AUBURN

• Bainbridge Cinemas BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

• Bellis Fair 6 Cinema BELLINGHAM

• Century Theatres Federal Way 16 FEDERAL WAY

• Gig Harbor Uptown 10 GIG HARBOR

• Columbia Mall 8 KENNEWICK

• AMC Kent Station 14 KENT

• Alderwood 7 Theatres LYNNWOOD

• Monroe 12 MONROE

• Capital Mall 14 OLYMPIA

• Bella Bottega 11 Cinema REDMOND

• AMC Southcenter 16 with IMAX SEATTLE

• Northgate-Thornton Place IMAX SEATTLE

• Northtown 12 SPOKANE