Here are some of the old local theatres in Fort William and Port Arthur Ontario where you may have seen some of the older films back in the day. I had actually watched the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol to my total fright at about age 8, and had nightmares about it for years.
Be sure to click on all the photos for a larger view.
"It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" were such a contrast in how we viewed Christmas in the 1940's and then again in the 1980's. Both these top 2 films are my personal all time favourites.
The Bing Crosby song "White Christmas" which is still the most sold single recording of all time was actually introduced in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn" shown here. It won an academy award that year and also 12 years later in 1954 won another academy award for the film named after the original single.
Here is the page 1 and page 2 lists of the above films, who starred in them and what awards they had won. Click on these once or twice to read the data.