At drive-in theaters, the best seats are reserved for punctual elitists and fashionably late monster trucks. Avoid the perils of Hobbesian parking battles by settling into a cozy seat with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to a film screening at the AFI 2010 Latin American Film Festival (a $20 value), scheduled for September 21–October 13. All shows are playing at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. Picking up tickets at the box office in advance is highly recommended.
Now in its 21st year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival celebrates hitting the drinking age by hosting an array of cinematic achievements by Latin American filmmakers, with this year’s slate of films extending to motion pictures from Spain and Portugal. The 2010 lineup includes Revolution, a collection of short films from 10 Mexican moviemakers, including actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, that explores the themes of the Mexican Revolution on its 100th anniversary. Those with an off-kilter sense of humor or an unhealthy love for con-artistry can check out Uruguay’s Bad Day to Go Fishing, which follows a wrestler and his manager as they navigate through South America, putting on fake exhibitions of strength. Venezuela’s Story of a Day enthralls its viewers by poetically chronicling the numerous parties, feasts, and chores in a Venezuelan village, and Honduras’s Love and Beans comically details marital mysteries and draws attention to the plight of beans everywhere. Check the full lineup to see how the festival's schedule of silver-screen offerings matches up to your own sci-fi screenplay about the 1993 Buffalo Bills.
Admission to any film on Thursday and Friday also includes admission to happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the AFI Silver Café, where you can nibble on complimentary snacks and enjoy drink specials. Dedicated to the flawless viewing of film, the built-in-1938 and recently renovated AFI Silver Theatre features top-of-the-line video projection on all three of its screens. Catch a movie inside this cinematic sanctuary and casually debate with your date about the filmic use of taste-o-vision with today’s Groupon to the AFI 2010 Latin American Film Festival.
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is an Editors’ Pick at the Washington Post. Yelpers and six Insider Pagers award it an average of five stars. Nearly 3,800 Facebookers are fans of the business.
- The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre pulls off a neat trick. The downtown Silver Spring movie house manages to be ultra-modern and charmingly old-fashioned at the same time. It's a place that hasn't forgotten its roots -- the original Silver opened in 1938 -- but also celebrates all the cinematic technology the new millennium has to offer. – Jen Chaney, Washington Post
- I love this theater. It is a theater from the golden age of film that has been renovated and reconstructed to give you the traditional feel of film watching but it still is incredibly modern in terms of the quality of the projectors. The main theater, which is the renovated one, is huge and inviting. They show a combination of old movies, including little film fests for different genres, directors and themes, as well as new independent releases. The theater is very clean and the staff is WONDERFUL. – Leah H., Insider Pages
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