When the Atlas Theater originally opened in 1938 it showed movies. The Atlas was one of four movie theaters in the District of Columbia back then. The new Atlas Film Series celebrates the early days of cinema and also connects audiences to movies and their filmmakers who tackle modern issues of today.
The Atlas is committed to connecting filmmakers with their audiences. In the new On Screen and In Person series, we’re playing documentaries and narrative films with the filmmakers who created them. Join us for before and after talkbacks with film directors, writers, and cast members at each screening. Stories range deeply this season and include documentaries and true-life stories about a Disney artist, human trafficking and mental illness. Expect to be educated and inspired.
What most of us don’t know about silent films (movies made without recorded audio) were, in fact, rich in sound thanks to live musical performances at each movie theater. Our series gives audiences the opportunity to step back and enjoy the magic of the silent movie era just as early audiences did, thanks to original music performed live by Andrew Earle Simpson, our Curator and Resident Musician for the Atlas Silent Film Series.