Best Retrospectives, Sans Fries
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; (301) 495-6720
Silver Spring’s AFI Silver regularly screens first-run films in its retro, busting-with-character houses. But if you’re bored with the latest dreck, check its Web site: The theater also offers the kind of very cool, quick-dialogued, cigarette-filled classics that you’ve always meant to catch but keep forgetting in your Netflix queue. The old stuff is often themed (Federico Fellini and Orson Welles marathons are on the horizon) and, perhaps best of all, weekends mean midnight shows. So the next time you’re wandering Silver Spring past curfew and stymied about what to do, take a look at AFI’s brilliant marquee before calling it a night.