Avalon Theatre

The nonprofit, community supported historic Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase, DC is a film and education center that entertains, educates and inspires the metropolitan Washington, DC community. View more information on their Member Feature Page


Winter Programs
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"Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges & Universities":  Film and Study Guide
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities", the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. The film tells the history of black colleges and universities in America, institutions that have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. Accompanying the film is a robust study guide that  is linked to DC Standards.
The film and study guide are available through the access form (below).
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/Study Guide
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1, NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS, ANCHOR STANDARD #10, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.G.A.1
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

 

"Chasing Coral" *
Cinema Classroom at the Avalon is delighted to offer to educators the film that was to be our final offering at the theater for the school year. While we are not able to welcome teachers and students to the theater at this time, we are providing a link to an outstanding film as well as a link to a study guide that was prepared by an educator hired by the Avalon, a guide prepared with distance learning in mind. "Chasing Coral" is a powerful film that skillfully demonstrates how coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. It took more than three years to shoot and is the result of over 500 hours of underwater footage as well as support from hundreds of people in various locations around the world. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Accompanying the film is a study guide that is linked to DC Standards.
The film and study guide are available through the access form (below).
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Science
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/Study Guide
Learning Standards: Learning standards appear in the study guide
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th


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Chasing Coral
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
Cinema Classroom at the Avalon is delighted to offer to educators the film that was to be our final offering at the theater for the school year. While we are not able to welcome teachers and students to the theater at this time, we are providing a link to an outstanding film as well as a link to a study guide that was prepared by an educator hired by the Avalon, a guide prepared with distance learning in mind. "Chasing Coral" is a powerful film that skillfully demonstrates how coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. It took more than three years to shoot and is the result of over 500 hours of underwater footage as well as support from hundreds of people in various locations around the world. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Accompanying the film is a study guide that is linked to DC Standards.
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 2-hour film, 30-45 minute workshops
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Social Studies/History 
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Ticket capacity: TBD
 

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities", the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. The film tells the history of black colleges and universities in America, institutions that have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. Accompanying the film is a robust study guide that is linked to DC Standards.
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 90-minute film, 30-45 minute workshops
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Social Studies/History 
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Ticket capacity: TBD

Soundtrack for a Revolution
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music, featuring performances of freedom songs by top artists. The film includes riveting archival footage and interviews with civil rights activists including Rep. John Lewis, Harry Belafonte and Julian Bond. Click here to view the trailer. 
Dates: 2/11/20 (6h-8th grade), 2/12/20 (9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre; 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Content Area: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Science, Diversity
Ticket capacity: 260 per screening 

 

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
This is the true story of Irena Sendler who was a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them of the Warsaw ghetto. Click here to view the trailer. 
Dates: 3/17/20 (6h-8th grade), 3/18/20 (9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre; 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Content Area: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Science, Diversity
Ticket capacity: 260per screening 
 

Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. "With Tell Them We Are Rising , the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. View trailer:
Date: February 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM AM
Length of Event: 2.5 Hours 
Location: THEARC; 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Grades: 6-8th
Ticket capacity: 250

A Better Life
Presented by: Avalon Theatre

Undocumented immigrant and hardworking single dad, Carlos embarks on a physical and spiritual journey in order to reconnect with his teenage son and keep him from getting pulled into the local gang life.  When his work truck is stolen, his dream of a better life is in danger.  Click here to view the trailer
Dates: 10/22/19 (6th-8th grade), 10/23/19 (9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre; 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Content Area: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Science, Diversity
Learning Standards: Here are links to two sample curricula that were used this school year. All curricula include standards that are addressed in the film: https://www.theavalon.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Universal-curriculum.pdf; https://www.theavalon.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/A-BETTER-LIFE-curriculum.pdf
Ticket capacity: 300 per screening
 

Science Fair
Presented by: Avalon Theatre

Filmmakers follow nine high school students from around the globe as they compete at an international science fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. Click here to view the trailer.
Dates: 12/10/19 (6th-8th grade), 12/11/19 (9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre; 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Content Area: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Science, Diversity
Ticket capacity: 260 per screening
 

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