The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
For more information about how to attend, go to the “About the Theater” link at the top of this page.
Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
WESTERN SWING: LIVE AND ON FILM (August 21-23)
A combining of traditional Western music and hot jazz with a little bit of bluegrass and gospel mixed in for flavor, Western Swing music came into being in the late 1920s. The genre quickly gained acceptance and became very popular in the 1930s with the likes of Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. In the 1940s Spade Cooley, along with Bob Wills, kept Western Swing going but the war and changes in operation of nightclubs led to a decline in Western Swing’s popularity. But the likes of Asleep at the Wheel and Willie Nelson brought Western Swing storming back in the 1970s. Today Western Swing remains popular and increasingly so. Groups like Hot Club of Cowtown, The Time Jumpers, the still going Asleep at the Wheel and The Quebe Sisters Band bring traditional Western Swing to new audiences. This weekend we will feature a live performance from a new and exciting Western Swing group – Joey McKenzie and His Western Flyers as well as two nights of films highlighting Western Swing music.
Thursday, Aug. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
ROCKIN’ IN THE ROCKIES (Columbia, 1945)
The Hoosier Hot Shots, creators of madcap “rural midwestern jazz”; Spade Cooley and his Western swing band; Mary Beth Hughes and the Cappy Barra Boys Harmonica Band provide several toe-tapping tunes in this musical comedy western, the story of show biz hopefuls on a Western ranch. The Three Stooges also appear, with Moe playing it straight and Larry and Curly acting as a team.
Black & white, 63 minutes
Friday, Aug. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
JOEY MCKENZIE AND HIS WESTERN FLYERS (Live Event)
A blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards and Texas-style fiddling will be heard on the Packard Theater stage, performed by Joey McKenzie and His Western Flyers. The Flyers consist of Katie Glassman, a two-time National Fiddle Champion and vintage-style singer, and Gavin Kelso, a world-class upright bass player. On May 10, 2013 McKenzie and Kelso performed in the first ever live music concert in the Packard Campus Theater as part of the Quebe Sisters Band.
Saturday, Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
RUSSELL HAYDEN WITH BOB WILLS AND THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS DOUBLE FEATURE
Perennial western sidekick Russell Hayden launched his own starring series with Columbia pictures as "Lucky," the same character he'd previously portrayed in Hopalong Cassidy films. Supporting players are Dub "Cannonball" Taylor as his comic assistant, and Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys providing musical interludes. Filming for the eight features in the series was done in mid to late 1942, but the westerns were released over an extended period - from the fall of 1942 through the summer of 1944. They were always slick and crammed full of action.
SILVER CITY RAIDERS (Columbia, 1943)
Lucky tries to prove that crooked land baron Bart Dawson (Paul Sutton) doesn't have prior claim on the entire territory as he proclaims. When legal methods don’t pan out, Lucky and his pals use a more direct approach to drive Dawson out of town.
Black & white, 55 minutes
THE LAST HORSEMAN (Columbia, 1944)
Lucky Rawlins, foreman of the Bar W ranch, finds himself cheated out of a check for 12,000 dollars - the proceeds from a cattle drive. The culprit is the local banker, Cash Watson (John Maxwell), who has learned that the railroad is interested in buying up the local ranches and it’s up to Lucky to expose his dastardly deed.
Black & white, 54 minutes
Thursday, Aug. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
MYSTERY MOVIE NIGHT
The first in a new series at the Packard Theater, this unique film-going experience will provide only the genre and rating for a rarely seen title. Throughout the month additional clues will be given during the slide show before scheduled screenings at the theater. The first clues for the month: A crime-comedy with music, rated PG, and shown in a 35mm print. This film has never been released on home video of any kind.
Color, approximately 90 minutes
The theater will be closed August 29 - 30 for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Thursday, Sept. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
TO BE OR NOT TO BE (United Artists, 1942)
Jack Benny stars as "that great, great actor'' Joseph Tura, whose Polish theater troupe is put out of business by invading Nazis--until they become involved in espionage and find their thespian skills being put to the ultimate test. Beautiful Carole Lombard plays Tura’s wife Maria who has eyes for the handsome young pilot Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack). Ernst Lubitsch directed this clever black comedy that was added to the National Film Registry in 1996. Also on the program is the 41 minute second installment in the “Why We Fight” series entitled “The Nazis Strike.”
Black & white, 99 minutes
Friday, Sept. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
MRS. DOUBTFIRE (20th Century Fox, 1993)
Robin Williams won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Daniel Hillard, a loving but irresponsible father of three. When his exasperated wife (Sally Field) gets a divorce, the judge allows him only weekly visits with the kids until he gets a steady job and a suitable residence. When Daniel hears that his ex is interviewing for a housekeeper, he tries to get the job so he can be close to his kids, no matter what he has to do. The comedy directed by Chris Columbus won an Oscar for Best Makeup and costars Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein.
Color, 125 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 6 (2:00 p.m.)
ALADDIN (Disney, 1992)
Disney’s adaptation the Arab folktale of “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” tells the story of a street urchin who falls in love with a princess and finds a magical genie who grants him three wishes. Robin Williams’ hilarious rapid-fire patter as the Genie is the heart of this colorful musical, which Warner Bros. cartoon director Chuck Jones called "the funniest feature ever made." His role as the Genie was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, this animated film won Oscars for Best Music, Original Score (Alan Menken) and Best Song for “A Whole New World.”
Color, 90 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (Touchstone, 1987, R-rated *)
Robin Williams received the first of his four Best Actor Oscar nominations for playing Armed Forces Radio Service DJ Adrian Cronauer. His manic radio show proves to be a great morale-booster for the troops, but exasperates his superiors with what they call his "irreverent tendency." Barry Levinson directed the war-comedy that co-stars Forest Whitaker, Bruno Kirby and Robert Whul. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 121 minutes
Thursday, Sept. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
JUMPIN’JACK FLASH (20th Century Fox, 1986, R-rated *)
Terry (Whoopi Goldberg), a bank employee who transfers funds for a large financial institution in Manhattan, gets a cryptic computer message from an unknown source. After decoding the missive, she finds herself in the middle of an international espionage ring. Penny Marshall directed this lively comedy that also stars Jim Belushi, Carol Kane, Annie Potts and Jonathan Pryce. The film was one of the first to feature online communications as a key part of the plot.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 100 minutes
Friday, Sept. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
THE HUNT FOR THE RED OCTOBER (Paramount, 1990)
Set during the Cold War era, a Soviet submarine captain (Sean Connery) is suspected by an American CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) of wanting to defect to the U.S. during the maiden voyage of a super-secret nuclear sub. John McTiernan directed this complex thriller that was based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name.
Color, 134 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE (20th Century Fox, 1977)
This first film in the epic American space opera created by George Lucas continues to be one of the most popular movies of all time. Film critic Leonard Maltin called it an “elaborate imaginative update of Flash Gordon” and “a hip homage to B-movie ethics and heroism in the space age.” Young Luke Skywalker is aided by a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guiness, the film received 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, winning six. The original release version of “Star Wars” was added to the National Film Registry in its inaugural year of 1989. We will be screening the special edition released in 1997.
Color, 125 minutes
Thursday, Sept. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
RAINTREE COUNTY (MGM, 1957)
Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a spoiled Southern belle in this Civil War epic. As Susanna Drake, she lures the pacifist abolitionist John Shawnessy away from his high school sweetheart and into an unhappy marriage. Frustrated, John leaves home to fight for the Union army while Susanna descends into depression and insanity. Directed by Edward Dmytryk, the film also stars Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint.
Color, 168 minutes
Friday, Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Miramax, 1999)
A stalwart Member of Parliament (Jeremy Northam) learns that his career and marriage will suffer scandal unless he submits to a blackmailer (Julianne Moore). He turns his fate over to lifelong bachelor Lord Goring (Rupert Everett), "the idlest man in London." Oliver Parker directed this delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic 1895 comedy which also features Cate Blanchett and Minnie Driver.
Color, 97 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKE BACK (20th Century Fox, 1980)
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader. The much anticipated continuation of the “Star Wars” saga, Irvin Kershner’s 1980 sequel sustained the action-adventure and storytelling success of its predecessor and helped lay the foundation for one of the most commercially successful film series in American cinematic history. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a Special Achievement Award for visual effects. Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher are joined by Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda. The original version of “The Empire Strikes Back” was added to the National Film Registry in 2010. We will be screening the special edition released in 1997.
Color, 124 minutes
Thursday, Sept. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
GATTACA (Columbia, 1997)
Set in a future where the wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants, the genetically perfect “Valids” dominate the natural born “In-Valids.” Vincent Freeman, who was conceived outside the eugenics program, struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this science fiction tale that stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles.
Color, 106 minutes
Friday, Sept. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
UNBREAKABLE (Buena Vista, 2000)
After David Dunne survives a train crash unscathed that kills everyone else on board, he meets a mysterious stranger who suggests that David one of the "unbreakables" – people that have extraordinary endurance and courage, a predisposition toward dangerous behavior, and feel invincible. They also are said to have strange premonitions of terrible events. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the suspense thriller stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright.
Color, 106 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (20th Century Fox, 1983)
Set one year after “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” deals with the rebel forces' last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker's fateful confrontation with his archrival, Darth Vader. Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo and Princess Leia from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the enormity of the rebuilt Death Star. This finale of the original epic space trilogy was directed by Richard Marquand and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda. We will be screening the special edition released in 1997.
Color, 134 minutes
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Last Updated: 08/18/2014