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AFI Silver

AFI Silver
AFI Silver is located in Maryland
AFI Silver
Location within Maryland
General information
Type Theater
Architectural style Art Deco
Address 8633 Colesville Road
Town or city Silver Spring, Maryland
Country United States
Completed 1938
Design and construction
Architect John Eberson
Other information
Seating capacity 400, 200, and 75

The AFI Silver is a three-screen movie theater complex in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. in the United States. It plays both art-house and mainstream movies. It is run by the American Film Institute.

The AFI Silver is the result of a restoration project for the original Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, which was designed by movie palace architect John Eberson and constructed in 1938.

The theater reopened in 2003. It features the ability to show 16mm, 35mm, DLP digital projection and 70mm vertical, HDCAM, Betacam, Betacam SP/SX, DigiBetacam, DVCAM, Mini DV, DVD, VHS, Blu-ray, D5, and DVCPRO all in state-of-the-art projectors.


The AFI Silver hosts the annual AFI Docs documentary festival (formerly known as Silverdocs) sponsored by various groups. It also hosts the Washington, DC events of the annual 48 Hour Film Project, which was founded by Mark Ruppert in Washington.

Other notable annual film festivals which started at its original theater at the John F. Kennedy Center include the Latin American Film Festival during September - October (which began in 1989) and the European Union Film Festival in November (1987)

External links

  • AFI Silver Official Homepage
  • AFI Docs AFI Docs Homepage
  • AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Arts Center Silver Spring's Downtown
  • Silver Spring: Then & Again - The Silver Theatre

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