AFI Silver

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AFI Silver
American Film Institute Silver Theater.jpg
AFI Silver is located in Maryland
AFI Silver
Location within Maryland
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
Address8633 Colesville Road
Town or citySilver Spring, Maryland
CountryUnited States
Coordinates38°59′48″N 77°01′39″W / 38.9967°N 77.0276°W / 38.9967; -77.0276Coordinates: 38°59′48″N 77°01′39″W / 38.9967°N 77.0276°W / 38.9967; -77.0276
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Eberson
Other information
Seating typeStadium in Smaller Theaters Flat in Large Theater with Free Premium Seating in back (Awarded on a first come first served basis)
Seating capacity400, 200, and 75

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center or commonly known as AFI Silver is a three-screen movie theater complex in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. in the United States. It plays both modern art-house and independent films, alongside a slate of classic films. It is run by the American Film Institute.

The AFI Silver is the result of a restoration project for the original Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, which was designed by movie palace architect John Eberson and constructed in 1938.

The theater reopened in 2003. It features the ability to show 16mm, 35mm, DLP digital projection and 70mm vertical, HDCAM, Betacam, Betacam SP/SX, DigiBetacam, DVCAM, Mini DV, DVD, VHS, Blu-ray, D5, and DVCPRO all in state-of-the-art projectors.[citation needed]

This facility remains open


The theater regularly exhibits classic films in series defined by Genre (Such as Westerns), Era (90s Cinema), Elements Featured (Disco), Film Components (Technicolor) Franchise (Indiana Jones) Star (John Wayne), Director (Steven Spielberg), Composer (John Williams) or Screenwriter (Dalton Trumbo)


The AFI Silver hosts the annual AFI Docs documentary festival (formerly known as Silverdocs).

It also hosts the Washington, DC events of the annual 48 Hour Film Project, which was founded by Mark Ruppert in Washington.

Other notable annual film festivals include The Latin American Film Festival during The Fall (which began in 1989) and the European Union Film Festival in November (1987)

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