Cinema Classroom at the Avalon

A free program for 7th-12th grades, Cinema Classroom at the Avalon has proven to be an exciting way to enhance student learning through the medium of film.

kids1The four outstanding films selected for the 2015-16 program present inspirational stories of individuals from around the world whose powerful actions have advanced human rights and social justice.

All 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. Recent guests include distinguished civil rights activist Dorie Ladner and Oscar-winning directors Sean and Andrea Nix Fine.

View the films in the 2015-16 program or download an info sheet.

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

Praise for Cinema Classroom

“Highly aligned with our curriculum and standards…Our discussion [was] highly authentic and offered a range of connections from text to curriculum and text to life for our students.” – 9th-12th grade teacher, The School Without Walls

“Seeing a movie on the big screen makes such an impact on the students; the experience of going to the theater lends itself to them feeling that they are part of something exciting and worthy of their full attention.” – 8th grade teacher, Blessed Sacrament School

Alignment with Common Core Standards

Cinema Classroom at the Avalon is aligned with skills addressed in Common Core Standards:

  • It enhances student’s ability to identify and explain cause and effect relationships
  • It promotes student engagement
  • It enriches the understanding of the elements of visual literacy

For a fuller explanation of how film education relates to Common Core standards, visit:

Transportation Assistance

DC Arts & Humanities Collaborative logoWe are a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. All DC public and public charter schools are eligible to register with the DC Collaborative for transportation assistance. Please contact or visit for more information.

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Admission (as of July 1, 2016): $12.25 Adults, $9.00 Matinee Shows, $9.50 Seniors (62+), $9.75 Students, $9.25 Children (12 & under) and Military, $8.00 Avalon Members, $7.00 Seniors who are Avalon Members.
Same rates apply to Wednesday Signature Series programs. Avalon Members must purchase their discounted tickets at the box office.

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