Inspiring Students Through Film

Cinema Classroom at the Avalon uses the power of visual storytelling to inspire students to exercise their critical thinking skills and imagination.

kids1Open to youth in 7th-9th grades — and FREE for attendees — Cinema Classroom at the Avalon brings students from the metropolitan area together to view and discuss films with filmmakers and subject-matter experts in the Avalon’s historic, nonprofit theater.

Our 2013-14 series was designed with the help of local public, charter and private school educators to enhance students’ classroom studies and encourage media literacy (an element of the Common Core Standards). This year’s films incorporate a wide range of stimulating topics, including literature, history, social studies, art, current events and human rights.

Each program includes a thought-provoking film followed by a discussion facilitated by engaging guest speakers. Students will be encouraged to actively share in a lively debate of the film’s subject matter with their peers from around the region.

Learn more about the films in this year’s program »

Photo by Goodman / Van Riper Photography


Program Summary

  • All programs are FREE
  • Open to students in 7th-9th grade
  • Three different programs scheduled throughout the year
  • Film screening followed by an expert-led discussion
  • All programs begin at 10:00am and run approximately 2 1/2 hours
  • Space is limited – advance registration required
  • Customized film screenings are available – contact us for details


Praise for Our 2012 Program

“The screening and discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird was a powerful and rewarding experience for our students. In the post-film discussion, they were able to explore issues of race in a deep and profound way with a diverse group of students from all over the city. It was truly an enriching program that I recommend highly to other schools.” — Emma Levine, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School

“Our visit to the beautiful, historic Avalon theater to view To Kill a Mockingbird connected our eighth graders to students from other area schools. This community connection, along with the significance of the movie itself, provided a unique experience of cultural values and shared heritage.” — Laura Graham Fetters, Blessed Sacrament School

Register Now!

All programs are free, but registration is required as space is limited. Contact Sarah Pokempner for more information at 202-966-2149 or

Download our 2013-14 program brochure