Avalon Theatre

The historic Avalon Theatre is a nonprofit, community-supported film and education center in Chevy Chase whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire the people of metropolitan Washington, DC.
For more information, visit their website


Cinema Classroom at the Avalon’s mission is to utilize the medium of film as an educational tool that helps school age students to develop a deeper understanding of social justice issues, foster an appreciation of films as an artistic expression and promote visual literacy and critical thinking skills.

Description of Education Initiatives: A free program for 6th-12th graders, Cinema Classroom at the Avalon engages students in critical issues through screenings and expert-guided discussions. Films are shown in the Avalon’s historic theater – the oldest operating movie house in DC – and are hosted by subject-matter experts who guide students through an engaging post-film discussion. An introduction that promotes visual literacy by highlighting various film techniques is provided before each of the five films offered during the school year. A curriculum guide linked to DCPS standards is sent to teachers in advance of each screening.  For more information, visit their education page.

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative Member since 2014.

"The Avalon is proud to have been a member of the Collaborative since 2014. Our membership has allowed us to reach students in every corner of the city and significantly increase the number of students who participate in Cinema Classroom at the Avalon. The Collaborative’s many efforts to support members, such as offering “Connecting to Curriculum” workshops, serve to enrich our programs, making them more relevant to students and more useful for teachers."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Provider

Avalon Theatre is an AHFES Provider! 

Fun Fact! Since it began in 2012, Cinema Classroom at the Avalon has served over 12,000 public, charter, parochial and private school students from every ward in the city and brought in over 20 speakers to lead post-film discussions, including civil rights veteran Dorie Ladner and Oscar-winning filmmakers Sean & Andrea Fine.

Contact the education department: Sarah Pokempner at spokempner@theavalon.org.

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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.