December starts off with a couple of films requested by Packard Campus Theater patrons. First, “The Fugitive” (1993), the best big screen interpretation of a TV series ever, starts of the month. Then that is followed up by the classic “Ninotchka” (1939) featuring Greta Garbo. After that it is all Christmas! Starting with Kevin battling the burglars in HOME ALONE (1990), followed up by Queen Latifah looking to go out in style on her LAST HOLIDAY (2006). We finish up December with two classic Christmas movies: “It’s a Wonderful Life
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1947) and WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954). So “count your blessings,” and remember… every time you hear a bell ring, another Christmas movie was shown at the Packard Campus.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Fugitive (Warner Bros, 1993)
Harrison Ford stars as Dr. Richard Kimble, a surgeon accused of murdering his wife and on the run from the law. Tommy Lee Jones is the man with the badge. Based on the TV series of the same name that ran from 1963 to 1967. Color, 130 minutes.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
Ninotchka (MGM, 1939)
Greta Garbo stars in a film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and co-written by Billy Wilder, need we say more? Garbo plays a Russian but plays it for laughs, a rarity for her (this is her first comedy). A great example of the “Golden Age of Hollywood,” the film was released mere weeks after the outbreak of World War II. Black & White, 110 minutes.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Home Alone (20th Century-Fox, 1990)
The McCallisters go on vacation to Paris but leave Kevin home alone. The way Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) was behaving makes one think it may not really have been an accident. While the family spends Christmas trying to get back home, two burglars come to wish they had never met Kevin… at home, alone, or ever. John Hughs wrote and directed. Color, 103 minutes.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Last Holiday (Paramount, 2006)
Christmas can bring the happiest of times but also sometimes the saddest of emotions. Queen Latifah experiences both as a department store salesperson who gets some bad news but is determined to not let it ruin her Christmas. LL Cool J also stars in the film, a remake of the 1950 British comedy with the same title. Color, 112 minutes.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
It’s A Wonderful Life (RKO Radio, 1947)
James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a good hearted well intending man who doesn’t always get a good break. He spends his life making sure others do and in the end despite all the ups and downs realizes it is a wonderful life. Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore co-star, and Frank Capra directed. Black & White, 131 minutes.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
White Christmas (Paramount, 1954)
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, along with Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, are featured in this the best of all Christmas musicals. The story is about a couple of Army buddies who help out their old commanding officer but the stars of the film are the great songs written by Irving Berlin. You’ll be tempted to sing along, no one will stop you. Color, 120 minutes.
Please note: Due to necessary electrical maintenance to the NAVCC facility, the film screening schedule for the next few months will be altered. The Packard Campus Theater will be screening films on Thursday and Friday nights . Programs are free and the matinee show will be family friendly. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted.
Patrons must go through an “airport style” security check upon entering and no large parcels, purses or backpacks are permitted.
Federal law (18 U.S.C. 930) prohibits the possession of any firearm or other dangerous weapons on this Federal facility. This includes in the parking lot, on all roads, trails, and grounds as well as inside the building. This also applies to off-duty law enforcement officers (LEO) and concealed-carry permit holders.
The Packard Campus is located at 19053 Mount Pony Road in Culpeper, Virginia. Access to the campus parking lot begins one hour before show time, entrance into the building begins 45 minutes before the show, and the theater opens for seating 30 minutes before the curtain. Please do not arrive early and queue at the Packard Campus gate.
The Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center oversees one of the largest collections of motion pictures in the world. Acquired primarily through copyright deposit, exchange, gift and purchase, the collection spans the entire history of the cinema. Since 2008, the art deco theater located at the Packard Campus has shown films each week and screened more than 2,500 titles. The programs highlight the best in cinema, including silent films, Hollywood classics, kids’ cartoons and foreign films.