AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

Feb. 16-March 21. So many movies, so little time — but you can get caught up with some of the past year's very best with our series "2018: A Second Look." Most of these titles did not previously screen at AFI Silver; others are returning by popular demand. With this season's award nominations, year-end best-of lists and hindsight as your guide, take a second look at some of the past year's most distinctive films.


March 14-24
AFI Silver is proud to host screenings in the 2019 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. Since launching in 1993, the festival has pioneered a movement to advance environmental understanding through the power of film, and now serves as a model for environmental film festivals across the country and around the world.

For complete listings, including films screening at other venues, visit

March 22–April 28. Two famous names from Golden Age Hollywood — Fay Wray, the beauty that felled the beast in 1933's KING KONG, forever iconic as the screen's original "scream queen," and Robert Riskin, the screenwriter whose name is appended to many of director Frank Capra's most beloved films of the 1930s — were a married couple from 1942 until Riskin's death in 1955. Following the February publication of "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir," written by the couple's daughter Victoria Riskin, herself an accomplished television writer-producer, we present a dual retrospective of these two Hollywood legends, featuring several key films from their respective filmographies.

Author Victoria Riskin will introduce select screenings. Copies of her book "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir" will be available for sale and signing at these screenings.



April 5–21. AFI Silver is proud to partner with the Library of Congress' Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) on this showcase of recently preserved titles from the Library's vast collection of films, the largest in the world. The lineup includes many rarities from the silent and early sound eras, with nearly all of the programs to be screened from 35mm prints. The series will screen at both the AFI Silver Theatre and the Library's Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. Visit for information on the Packard Campus schedule.

Special thanks to the staff of the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center for their dedication to film preservation and for making this series possible.

March 24-April 8. Science on Screen® creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Screenings of INTERSTELLAR in 70mm and INVENTING TOMORROW are presented as part of the National Week of Science on Screen (March 20–26) — a full week celebrating of the wonders of science and filmmaking.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.

March 29–April 28. What did 2019 look like from a 1980s cinematic vantage point? Three canonical '80s sci-fi classics, all set in 2019, demonstrate prescient visions about the role of artificial intelligence, the intersection of politics and entertainment and even the rise of reality T.V., in the future that is now.


March 30-April 30. On February 5, 1919, four superstars of the silver screen — Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Mary Pickford — created a new distribution company with a different approach to business: United Artists. The company would release films funded and created by independent producers, offering them a higher degree of creative autonomy and profit participation than that available from the leading studios of the day like Paramount, Fox and First National. Upon hearing the news, the head of Metro Pictures was reported to say, "The inmates are taking over the asylum."

This multipart retrospective presents many of United Artists' most distinctive films, from its silent film origins through the glory days of the 1960s and '70s.