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Curtis, Monroe and Lemmon (two in drag) and two tough looking gangsters
"Some Like It Hot" (1959)

This Month at the Packard Campus Theater — July 2024

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Smiles on a Summer Night

Summer can mean sun and heat but it should also mean FUN!  It sure does this month at the Packard Campus Theater where we have a slate of comedy and a little adventure to brighten your summer even more.  So shake off the sand and come by–the AC is on and the movies are free.


Curtis, Monroe and Lemmon (two in drag) and two tough looking gangsters
“Some Like It Hot” (1959)

Friday, July 12, @ 7:30pm

Some Like It Hot (MGM, 1959)

After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) are on the run. Desperate, they join an all-girl band disguised as Josephine and Daphne, befriend Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), and head for a gig in Miami. Nobody’s perfect, but this film might be! A 1989 National Film Registry inductee from director Billy Wilder. Black & white, 121 min. (35mm)


Haley Mills and Haley Mills side by side talking on two telephones
“The Parent Trap” (1961)

Saturday, July 13 @ 2:00pm

The Parent Trap (Walt Disney Pictures, 1961)

Hayley Mills plays a set of identical twins in this delightful Disney classic. Separated at birth by their parents’ divorce, the girls are unexpectedly reunited years later at a summer camp. Realizing they’re sisters, the twins hatch a scheme to secretly switch places, meet the parent they never knew, and somehow bring their family back together. Color, 129 min. (35mm)


Illustration of Bruce Willis holding Mila Jovovich amid sci-fi landscape
“The Fifth Element” (1997)

Saturday, July 13 @ 7:30pm

The Fifth Element (Columbia Pictures, 1997)

The year is 2263. The woman is an alien, fallen to Earth. The man drives a flying taxicab. Brought together by chance, Leeloo and Korben race to join four elemental stones with a mythic fifth element before evil forces obliterate planet Earth. Both an unexpected comic love story and a futuristic thrill ride, director Luc Bresson’s film oozes big-budget sci-fi visuals, 1990s-style. Color, 126 min. (35mm)


Black and white photo of man and woman with woman facing towards camera and the man (arms outrstreatched) facing away
“Smiles of a Summer Night” (1955)

Friday, July 19 @ 7:30pm

Smiles of a Summer Night (Svensk Filmindustri, 1955)

Following the reappearance of an old lover, middle-aged lawyer Fredrik and his young wife, Anne, endure a series of romantic entanglements, miscommunications, and unexpected connections during a weekend in the country. With witty dialogue and charming performances, director Ingmar Bergman explores the complexities of love, desire, and human relationships with humor and poignancy. In Swedish with English subtitles. Black & white, 109 min. (35mm)


Illustration of the cast
“The Sandlot” (1993)

Saturday, July 20 @ 2:00pm

The Sandlot (Twentieth Century Fox, 1993)

In 1962, lonely fifth-grader Scott Smalls makes friends with a misfit group of kids. Summer is great until his stepdad’s prized baseball is hit over a fence. Why not get another? That ball was signed by Babe Ruth and is now guarded by the neighborhood’s biggest, meanest dog. To get it back, the boys will need the perfect play! Color, 101 min. (35mm)


A bride in white and her five pink-clad but tough-looking ladies in waiting
“Bridesmaids” (2011)

Saturday, July 20 @ 7:30pm

Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures, 2011)

When her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged, Annie (Kristen Wiig) is determined to be the perfect maid of honor. Unemployed, broke, and unlucky in love, Annie will stop at nothing to help her friend and the other bridesmaids (Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne) navigate the complicated road to matrimony. Color, 125 min. Rated R. (35mm)

Chaplin and Goddard, clad in tatters, embrace
“Modern Times” (1936)

Friday, July 26 @ 7:30pm

Modern Times (United Artists, 1936)

Charlie Chaplin writes, directs, produces, and stars in his final performance as the Tramp, a character beloved for his mischievous antics and signature walk. With the help of an orphaned girl (Paulette Goddard), he faces the challenges of a changing, industrialized world. This iconic part-talkie was one of the first 25 titles selected for the National Film Registry. Black & white, 87 min. (35mm)


Jerry Lewis, in the titular role, among his test tubes
“The Nutty Professor” (1963)

Saturday, July 27 @ 2:00pm

The Nutty Professor (Paramount, 1963)

Dr. Julius Kelp is a nerdy klutz who creates an elixir that turns him into the suave playboy, Buddy Love. Unfortunately, Buddy can’t control when he’ll change back into Julius, and the personality split leads to hilarious side effects. The Library of Congress is the proud home of Jerry Lewis’s personal film collection, donated by the comedian himself. Color, 107 min. (Digital)


Illustration of man being chased by, literally, hundres of beavers
“Hundreds of Beavers” (2022)

Saturday, July 27 @ 7:30pm

Hundreds of Beavers (SRH, 2022)

In this 19th century, supernatural winter epic, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America’s greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers. Inspired by comedies from the 1920s and 1930s, including “Modern Times,” the film was hailed as “a marvel of slapstick invention that puts most big-screen comedies to shame.” Color, 108 min. (Digital)



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.

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.


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