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The Griswold family celebrates Christmas — again

You know Christmas is coming when Clark Griswold nearly electrocutes himself.

Which is what happens to the character played by Chevy Chase in the 1989 film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Directed by Jeremiah Check, and following the immensely popular — and far better — "National Lampoons Vacation," the Christmas version is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

And that means a Spokane theater is bound to join in the anniversary fiesta. AMC River Park Square will screen "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" over two nights.

The film will show at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 4 and 6:40 p.m. on Friday.

Here's a bit of trivia: Chechik is the same guy who directed "Benny & Joon," the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp that was shot in Spokane.

That's almost as shocking as what happened to Clark Griswold.