There are many Christmas Day traditions here in New York City, and one of the best is hiding out in a dark movie theater and escaping the madness. Below, a vital roundup of what some theaters are screening this Thursday.

It's A Wonderful Life @ IFC Center

Did you know that Dorothy Parker worked on the script for It's A Wonderful Life? And that it all started with an elaborate Christmas card? Here's some more fun facts to read (and watch, above) that may get you excited to see this classic on the big screen again. The IFC Center is hosting its annual run of the movie, which starts tonight and will screen every night through Christmas.

They've also got Leviathon, a much heralded drama from Russia based on the Book of Job.

The Shop Around The Corner @ The Film Forum

Starting Christmas Day, and through the end of the year (free champagne on NYE!), the Film Forum will screen The Shop Around The Corner. The 1940 film is based on the snail mail correspondence of the male and female leads (played by James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan), who met via a classified ad. The two originally plan to meet on Christmas... but we don't want to spoil anything. That said, You've Got Mail was loosely based on this movie, so if you don't want to head to the theater you can just watch that on Netflix (where it expires January 1st!).

A John Huston Marathon @ Film Society of Lincoln Center

John Huston has created (and acted in) a host of significant filmsAnnie, Beat The Devil, The Maltese Falcon, and Casino Royale to name a few. Film Society at Lincoln Center is offering up a package of 5 films for $5 each—you can choose from all of these, and they're even inviting you to come take a seat on Christmas Day.

All The New Releases @ BAM (Or Any Other Theater)

Want to catch up on the new releases? BAM (and every other mainstream theater in the city) will be screening: Wild, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Selma, and Inherent Vice. Get out and see one at all 14 of our favorite theaters in New York!