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“free movies in the theatre” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center

Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center
19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, VA
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Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Culpeper
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Culpeper, Virginia, United States
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“free movies in the theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

make sure you visit the website and check the free movies... make a point to see the silent movies with the guest accompianist on the organ...

a jewel in the crown of culpeper

Visited October 2013
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Crozet, Virginia
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“Great spot for free movies!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Packard Center at this branch of the LOC is a surprising place. First, it used to be a hiding place for the National Reserve, so it has the look of a bunker, grey concrete built into the side of a hill. I have passed it on Route 29 a million times and never noticed it until I was invited there for a teacher seminar on using film in the classroom. It is now a restoration and conservation center for American film, and it holds the original negative prints for some of our most classic films. The vaults are kept at 39 degrees to keep the films from degrading. Besides classic films, these vaults also contain newsreels and millions of other kinds of film. This is where Ken Burns comes when he wants historical footage for his documentaries. Now, the sad part is that they don't give tours. That's a bummer, because what they are doing is completely cool, and more people knowing about it would mean more support for their efforts. But what they do do is show free movies in their lovely theater on a big screen, so you can see classic films somewhere other than your TV set. The movies are preceded by slides (instead of ads) that give great biographical info and background info about the actors and making of the film. Often one of the employees of the LOC will give a short talk to introduce the film, letting you know certain things to look for or other inside info. If you love movies, get a copy of their schedule and check this place out.

Visited August 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“national treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

everyone should take advantage of this FREE attraction... the small theatre (highly recommend you make reservations well in advance) is perfect for viewing these historic films that have been preserved and restored for our future generations

Visited June 2013
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Reva, Virginia
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“Visit a much as you can”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Mount Pony is amazing, free movies (who doesn't like that) and in a beautiful setting. They offer a wide variety of movies and normally anything really kid friend is at afternoon times on a Saturday. They even have special guest speakers sometimes. It is a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Visited March 2013
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Orange, Virginia
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“See classic and other notable films near Culpeper”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

On most Thursdays and weekends this theater shows anything from silent classic films (often accompanied by shorts) to more modern films such as "the Godfather" or the Bond series. Most movies are preceded by a short talk by one of the curators. Also, its one of the rare places where you can see a silent film with live musical accompaniment, which is really fun to experience (and the accompanist has always been very good). A bargain at twice the price (it's free--you just need to call for reservations). It's also a very comfortable theater, built to look like a classic movie house of the '30s. No snack bar, by the way (it's a library, so I guess that's why), so don't go hungry.

Visited April 2013
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