After a somewhat uncertain restart in July following a two-year pandemic blackout, the Packard Campus Theater is back with a program of free film screenings in mid-August.
A selection of film genres that have been included in the National Film Registry for posterity will be shown in the theater at the Library of Congress’ National Audio Visual Conservation Center on Mount Pony in Culpeper.
The series features a film every Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays a matinee at 2:00 p.m., followed by a screening at 7:30 p.m. Due to necessary electrical maintenance work on the system, no films will be shown from August 5th to 6th.
The shows resume on August 13 with Humphrey Bogart, Mysteries, and the Things That Dreams Are Made Of in The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941). An all-time classic, this was the first film to be shown at the Packard Campus Theater in September 2008.
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The August 13 matinee will be “The Dark Night” (Warner Bros, 2008). Christopher Nolan directed this retelling of the Batman story. It was the second in a trilogy of Batman films directed by Nolan, and starring Christian Bale as Batman, according to event publicity.
The Saturday night show on August 13 will be “Selena” (Warner Bros., 1997). It’s a story about a young singer with a tragic ending. Known as the “Queen of Tejano Music,” Selena is one of the most influential Latin music artists of all time, according to advertisements.
The Packard Campus Theater reopened to the public with a single weekend of performances in mid-July. The following weekend was canceled due to a high CDC community level for COVID-19 in Culpeper County before shows returned for the final weekend of July.
Moving image curator Rob Stone said cancellations shouldn’t happen again as a protocol has been developed to allow the theater to remain open even while respecting CDC levels.
Culpeper County was reclassified as a COVID community level resource on Friday, July 29.
Theatrical performances are free, and the matinee shows are family-friendly. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at screenings is based on availability unless otherwise noted.
Wearing face masks is recommended as the theater will be 100% open. Guests must go through “airport-style” security screening, and large packages, purses, or backpacks are not permitted.
The Packard campus is located at 19053 Mount Pony Rd. Parking lot access begins one hour prior to performance, admission to the building begins 45 minutes prior to performance, and the theater opens for seating 30 minutes before curtain.
Theatergoers are asked not to arrive too early and to queue at the gate.
The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center’s Library of Congress Packard Campus maintains one of the largest film collections in the world.
The collection, acquired mainly through deposit, exchange, donation and purchase of copyrights, covers the entire history of cinema, according to the advertisement.
Since 2008, the Art Deco Theater on the Packard campus has shown films every week and has screened more than 2,500 titles. Programs will again highlight the best of cinema, including silent films, Hollywood classics, children’s cartoons and foreign films.
Here is the rest of the August program:
FRIDAY, 08.08. 19, 7:30 p.m
“Gold Diggers of 1933” (Warner Bros., 1933)
A prime example of a good Broadway play transferred to the screen. Golddiggers of 1933 starring Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell.
SATURDAY, 08.08. 8 p.m., 2 p.m
Short Films in the National Film Registry “The Great Train Robbery”, Mabel Normand in “Mabel Blunder” and Laurel and Hardy’s “Battle of the Century” highlight a program of silent short films that have been added to the National Film Registry. Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model.
SATURDAY, 08.08. 20, 7:30 p.m
“Safety Last” (Hal Roach/Pathe, 1923)
Harold Lloyd is hanging from a clock on the side of a building! This thriller comedy is Lloyd and Hal Roach Studios at its best. Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model.
FRIDAY, 08.08. 26, 7:30 p.m
“The Godfather” (Paramount, 1972)
Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Mario Puzo’s novel. Considered by some to be the best crime drama of all time and Marlon Brando’s best performance. Robert Duvall, Al Pacino and James Caan are also there.
SATURDAY, 08.08. 27, 2 p.m
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (Disney, 1937)
Walt Disney’s first full-length animated film tells the story of the Brothers Grimm in a way never before seen on screen. Disney risked their studio to make the film and ended up making a classic that kids still love today.
SATURDAY, 08.08. 27, 7:30 p.m
“The Godfather Part II” (Paramount, 1974)
Sequels are rarely better than the first film, but The Godfather Part II might be the exception to the rule. Al Pacino becomes the new don of the Corleone family.
For general information on the Packard Campus Theater call 540/827-1079 ext. 79994 or 202/707-9994 and loc.gov/avconservation/theater/ Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at 202/707-6362 or [email protected]