Olney Theatre Center announces summer film screenings

The Olney Outdoors series features classics from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s plus a 'Cinderella' sing-along.

Olney Theatre Center has added five outdoor film screenings to its schedule for the Olney Outdoors series, presented on the newly renovated Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion. It also announced a daytime sing-along screening of Cinderella in the 1938 Original Theatre. Tickets to the outdoor screenings are available on a pay-what-you-want basis with a minimum charge of $5 per order. Tickets for the Cinderella sing-along are $10 (plus a $3.00 service charge). Tickets can be purchased at olneyoutdoors.com or by calling the Box Office at 301-924-3400 (Hours Wed-Sun, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

The Olney Theatre Center’s newly renovated Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion. Photo courtesy of Olney Theatre Center.

Disney’s Cinderella Sing-Along (1950)
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
1938 Original Theatre
Cost: $10 (plus $3 service charge)

Transform your pumpkins, dust off your glass slippers, and bring the family to the 1950 beloved classic Disney’s Cinderella! Consisting of classics such as “So This is Love” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” all are invited to come out and enjoy what makes Disney animation unique.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Sunday, July 16, 8:30 PM
The Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion
Cost: Pay-what-you-want ($5 minimum per order)

A doctor discovers that alien spores are invading a California town, creating humanoid replicas of the town’s inhabitants. Who is real, and who is a replica? Will humanity survive?

Psycho (1960)
Sunday, July 23, 8:30 PM
The Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion
Cost: Pay-what-you-want ($5 minimum per order)

The disappearance of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) leads a private investigator (Martin Balsam), Marion’s lover Sam Loomis (John Gavin), and her sister Lila (Vera Miles) to the doorstep of the Bates Motel, run by proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this horror classic, based on the 1959 novel, is showered with iconic moments that helped shape the thriller genre.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Sunday, July 30, 8:30 PM
The Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion
Cost: Pay-what-you-want ($5 minimum per order)

Witness the start of the biggest franchise in film history. Set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the Empire reigns supreme, bringing fear and terror to all corners of the galaxy. Our only hope is a young boy from the sand planet Tatooine named Luke Skywalker, who must seek his destiny and face his family’s legacy.

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Sunday, August 13, 8:30 PM
The Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion
Cost: Pay-what-you-want ($5 minimum per order)

Five high school students from different walks of life endure Saturday detention from a power-hungry principal. This John Hughes classic is a quintessential Gen-X “coming of age story” and helped make Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall stars!

Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Sunday, August 20, 8:30 PM
The Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion
Cost: Pay-what-you-want ($5 minimum per order)

FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) seeks the help of an incarcerated cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins), to catch a kidnapper. This 1991 classic was adapted from the 1988 Thomas Harris novel and received 5 Academy Awards.

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Olney Theatre Center for the Arts produces and curates theatrical performance for the diverse audiences in our community, and educates, learns from, supports and inspires a more inclusive generation of theater-makers.


Olney Theatre Center strives to become an arts and culture powerhouse, redefining the American regional theater movement by cultivating and sharing the creativity of our community.


Founded in 1938 as a summer playhouse, Olney Theatre Center (OTC) now produces world and American premieres of plays and musicals and reimaginings of familiar titles year-round; presents the work of leading companies and artists; tours nationally and locally; teaches students of all ages; and mentors a more inclusive generation of theater-makers. For more than 8 decades, OTC has brought impactful theater performance and education to our community, helping to grow the vibrancy and vitality of our home in the Washington, DC region.

Over the years, some of the biggest names in theater and film have appeared on OTC stages, including Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Bob Fosse, Phillip Bosco, Eve Arden, Eva Gabor, Burl Ives, Jose Ferrer, Carol Channing, Olivia de Havilland, Tony Randall, Paulette Goddard, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Jane Seymour, Anne Revere, Frances Sternhagen, Arthur Treacher, James Broderick, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen, Marica Gay Harden, John Colicos, Uzo Aduba, Alan Cumming, Cheyenne Jackson, Robin de Jesus, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia, among many, many others.

Olney Theatre is now the cultural anchor of a rapidly changing region and serves one of the most diverse, best-educated, and wealthiest counties in the country. Situated on the unceded land of the Piscataway-Conoy people, the Olney area was once a rural farming community with a unique Quaker heritage. Now the area is occupied by every kind of family that makes up 21st-century America, along with major corporations, shopping districts, civic associations, nonprofit organizations, and a diverse collection of houses of worship. Montgomery County’s 1 million residents play a dynamic role in the Baltimore-Washington corridor and are a driving force behind the region’s creative economy.


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