Is your only exposure to classic cinema via whatever they choose for Screen on the Green each summer?
You don't have to wait for stiflingly humid summer nights! (Or Netflix, but we're looking for a big screen and group setting, right?) The Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Center (19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, Va.) screens three classic American movies each week.
The art deco-style theater embodies the style of movie palaces of the '20s and '30s -- with the exception of the unparalleled sound, state-of-the-art film projection and comfortable seating.
Situated on the 45-acre Packard Campus, the AV Center houses more than 6.2 million moving images and sound recordings. It has the capability to preserve all audio-visual media formats while then placing them into a petabyte-level digital storage archive.
No format is obsolete, even those over a hundred years old. More than two million supporting documents, screenplays, manuscripts, posters and more also reside here.
Movies are shown Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 or 7:30 p.m. Culpeper is located about 70 miles southwest of downtown D.C.
- Jan. 26: Funny Girl (1968)
- Jan. 27: Follow the Boys (1944)
- Jan. 28: King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
- Feb. 2: Roots: Parts 1 & 2 (1977)
- Feb. 3: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
- Feb. 4: Swiss Family Robinson (1960)