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Are you a fan of great movies? Then head to Culpeper, at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, 19053 Mount Pony Road, in Culpeper County.

Admission is free and seating is first-come, first-served. For tickets, visit the State Theatre ticketing site at; State Theatre ticket office at 305 S. Main St., in Culpeper; or by calling the box office at 540/829-0292. Service charges will apply.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 7:30 P.M.

“55 Days at Peking” (1963): Set in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, Chinese nationals, angry at the presence of foreigners on their soil, have attacked a group of embassies. Maj. Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston) and his soldiers arrive to help the group trapped in the embassy compound. Yet while they await reinforcements, tensions are high as soldiers, diplomats and their families unite for survival.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 7:30 P.M.

“Wild Boys of the Road” (1933): Depression-era drama in which a group of teenage boys decide to ride the rails in search of jobs and shelter instead of burdening their penniless families.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7, 7:30 P.M.

“A Christmas Story” (1983): An Indiana schoolboy in the 1940s dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 7:30 P.M.

“Christmas on Television” (1953–1993): This nostalgic look back at favorite Christmas programs on TV will include episodes of “The Jack Benny Show” (1960) and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1963), with appearances in additional shows by Suzy Snowflake, Mr. Bill, Liberace, Mahalia Jackson, Bing Crosby, The Brady Bunch and more.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 7:30 P.M.

“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010): In the frozen beauty of Finland, local reindeer herders race against the clock to capture an ancient evil: Santa Claus. A single dad and his son are caught up in the chaos as scientists dig for artifacts. What they find endangers the entire village. In Finnish with English subtitles. Rated R.


“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992): The Muppets take on the Dickens classic about the miserly Mr. Scrooge learning the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14, 7:30 P.M.

“White Christmas” (1952): In this musical–comedy–romance two musical stars team with a sister act to help their old Army commander save his failing country inn.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 7:30 P.M.

“Gremlins” (1984): A man brings home a rare creature from Chinatown as a Christmas present for his son that comes with three simple instructions: no water, no food after midnight and no bright lights. But when those rules are ignored, it makes for a horrifying holiday.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 7:30 P.M.

“Scrooged” (1988): In this updated version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” a television executive (Bill Murray) decides to exploit the holidays in order to boost ratings.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21, 7:30 P.M.

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947): When a department store Santa claims to be the real thing, a young lawyer defends him in court.


The Library of Congress has teamed up with the newly restored historic State Theatre for additional great films. “Library of Congress Presents” will showcase works from the National Film Registry on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper. Admission is $6.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 7:30 P.M.

“Die Hard” (1988): A New York City cop gets trapped in a Los Angeles high-rise occupied by terrorists on Christmas Eve. Rated R.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11, 7:30 P.M.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946): In Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas tale, an angel shows a compassionate but desperate businessman what life would have been like if he never existed.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2 P.M.

“Home Alone” (1990): Eight-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) set their sights on Kevin’s house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother (Catherine O’Hara) attempts to race home.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21, 10 A.M.

“Saturday Morning Cartoons: Christmas Edition” (1950s–1980s): The 1966 television special, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” featuring the voice of Boris Karloff, along with a selection of favorite Warner Bros., Disney and Looney Toons characters will be featured on this special program of Christmas-themed cartoons.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2 P.M.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946): See Dec. 11.