Events at
The Barnhill Center

2017 Events:

2018 Events:

“The Liberators” (NR) – October 21 – 2:00pm

A dogged German art detective, attempting to find medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis, travels through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. The film questions the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

Movie followed by a Question and Answer session with the director, Cassie Hay, after the movie.

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Purchase your tickets for “The Liberators” now – All tickets are $15.00 per person

“The Holiday” (PG13) – November 10 – 7:00pm

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. Featuring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.

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The Holiday – Adult/Child 11 and under

Holiday at Home with Holly Mathis Interiors – November 10-11

Holiday at Home – A creative class + collaboration between Holly Mathis Interiors and Historic Downtown Brenham, Texas.

Holiday at Home with Holly Mathis Interiors

You’re invited to Holiday at Home – a weekend of fun, hands-on learning with Holly Mathis Interiors and Friends. Join us Friday night for a special showing of the film classic, The Holiday, in beautiful Simon Theater. Sample cozy holiday-inspired treats during the movie followed by a group discussion led by Holly Mathis on the interiors shown in the movie.

On Saturday, spend the day with Holly who will share her personal design journey and decorating philosophy along with professional tips and techniques for refreshing your home for the holidays. Topics include prioritizing projects to completion and seasonal decorating ideas featuring a lively discussion with Holly’s friend and floral and interior designer, Keith Taylor of Arkansas.

Attendees will wrap the weekend with a holiday market report from home expert, Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture (Texas’ oldest furniture store), personal shopping opportunities, Blue Bell ice cream treats, coffee, and swag bags from local businesses and resources compliments of Holly Mathis Interiors!

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Tickets are $289.00

“Elf” (PG) – November 25 – 2:00pm

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Featuring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Bob Newhart.

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Elf – Adult/Child 11 and under

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (PG13) – November 25 – 7:00pm

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas hosting their dysfunctional relatives for the holiday as the dad contends with spontaneously combusting Christmas lights and temperamental trees while anticipating the arrival of his annual bonus. Featuring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis.

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Christmas Vacation – Adult/Child 11 and under

“The Polar Express” (G) – December 1 – 7:00pm

A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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Polar Express – Adult/Child 11 and under

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (PG) – December 2 – 2:00pm

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Adult/Child 11 and under

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis’ Annual Holiday Shindig – December 10 – 5:00pm

The almost-annual event that began in 1999–the couple took one year off for the birth of their twins— has become a tradition for their family and the families of their fans.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis’ Annual Holiday Shindig - December 10

Bruce’s and Kelly’s holiday performance finds the husband-and-wife duo of singer-songwriters with a full band singing songs from their Christmas album Happy Holidays. But the show isn’t all about the holidays, it is also a showcase of the best of Kelly and Bruce’s solo careers which continue to flourish with their new CD.

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Bruce says the shows each year are very special to the couple because of the way it brings back memories, “You think about the people you love, friends, family, how lucky you are to have known them.” He understands the wistfulness of the season and the dream of a Christmas that may have never been.

Tickets are $30.00

“Under the Tuscan Sun” (PG13) – January 13 – 7:30pm

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

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Under the Tuscan Sun – Adult/Child 11 and under

“La La Land” (PG13) – February 9 – 8:00pm

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

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La La Land – Adult/Child 11 and under

Dinner & a Movie – “Dirty Dancing” (PG13) – February 10 – 6:00pm

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

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Dirty Dancing Dinner and a Movie or just the movie

Texas Gardens & Interiors with Holly Mathis – March 3

The Texas Home & Garden class will feature local interior designer Holly Mathis and beloved Brenham garden and design diva Carolyn Matejowsky.  They will discuss some of their favorite Texas interiors, antiques and gardens past and present and share their tips and tricks for keeping spaces inside and out fresh for spring!

More details to come

Totally 80’s Movie Weekend

“Pretty in Pink” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” & “Footloose” all in one rocking weekend. Get tickets below for $10 each or get tickets to all 3 for $25

Totally 80’s Movie Weekend 3 Movies – Adult/Child 11 and under

“Pretty in Pink” (PG13) – June 8 – 7:00pm

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

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Pretty in Pink – Adult/Child 11 and under

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (PG13) – June 9 – 2:00pm

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Adult/Child 11 and under

“Footloose” (PG) – June 9 – 7:00pm

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

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Footloose – Adult/Child 11 and under

“Charlotte’s Web” (G) – September 8 – 3:00pm

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

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Charlotte’s Web – Adult/Child 11 and under

Step into the Past Movie Series

Saturdays-11:00, 1:00 and 2:00 for showings
“The Dawn of Washington County” Movie in the newly restored Hasskarl Auditorium (historic Simon Theatre) on Saturdays. Movie is shown at 11am, 1pm & 2pm and is approximately 25 entertaining minutes about how Brenham became Brenham. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Buy tickets in the Visitors Center. For groups, please call 979-836-6980 to reserve and schedule.

Movies will not be shown on the following:

  • Saturday, October 21
  • Saturday, November 4 and 25
  • Saturday, December 2 and 16


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