“Going to the Movies” was once a passion for DC residents and movie theaters continue to be relevant in the digital age even though you can watch a film anytime, anywhere. How has the experience of “Going to the Movies” changed over time, and in what ways is this part of our personal and cultural experience? Join us for an illustrated exploration of the role of the movie theater in Metro DC life both today and in the past. How do movie theaters in the Washington DC area shape local memories and knowledge?
Come and initiate DCIFF’s Metro DC oral history project “Going to the Movies” by sharing your ideas and stories in this interactive discussion and open mic session. Moderated by Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, DC Independent Film Festival
Cheryl Hawkins, Program/production Coordinator for UDC Cable Television, and an independent producer and host for documentaries and public affairs radio and TV programming; Board Member of the Takoma Theater Conservancy.
Robert Headley, Author of 3 books on movie theaters: Exit, published in 1974; Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, D.C.: An Illustrated History of Parlors, Palaces and Multiplexes in the Metropolitan Area, 1894-1997 published in 1999, and Maryland’s Motion Picture Theaters published in 2006
Jeff Krulik, filmmaker. Director of documentary Twenty Five Cents Before Noon, 1987: an oral history scrapbook about the age of movie palaces and single screen movie theaters in Washington, DC.
This program has been made possible by a grant from
The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.