As part of a partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, the Old Greenbelt Theatre will now house over 1400 16mm films. The partnership was made possible through the work of the librarians at the New Carrolton branch and the Old Greenbelt Theatre’s Executive Director, Caitlin McGrath. Due to its upcoming renovation, the films could no longer be held in the New Carrolton branch.
Dr. McGrath states: “We’re very happy to be the new home for these films. At the Old Greenbelt Theatre, we see film as not only a form of entertainment but also a tool for education. Working with the local library system is a natural partnership. We are very lucky as a county that these films have been so carefully curated by PGCMLS and are glad to be able to give them a new lease on life. Going forward, we are excited to with the library system on our future educational outreach programming.”
In addition to numerous educational and industrial films, the collection includes many classics including the seminal experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon, Roberto Rosselini’s Rome, Open City, and the Orson Welles-narrated Future Shock, among many others.