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The Exorcist
With director William Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty

Evening Film Screening
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Revisit the movie that brought supernatural terror to a new level and made a precipitous flight of steps into a Georgetown landmark. Celebrate Halloween with a special 40th anniversary screening of The Exorcist at the Smithsonian’s Warner Bros. Theater. The big treat: Dwight Blocker Bowers of the American History Museum interviews director William Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty.

Winner of two Academy awards, the film stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, and Linda Blair. The event begins with a reception where you can view a display of artifacts from the Warner Bros. Archives. The evening also includes a showing of Talk of the Devil, a newly released interview with Father Eugene Gallagher, who in 1950 told Blatty, then a Georgetown University student, of an exorcism performed on a Cottage City, Maryland boy. The story inspired Blatty’s 1971 novel, the basis of the movie. Each guest receives a special departing gift.

Devoted to America’s film legacy and exploring how the American experience has been portrayed through film, the theater has been made possible through a gift from Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of TimeWarner.  

Assistive listening and Rear Window Open Captioning devices available

Program subject to change



National Museum of American History
Warner Bros. Theater
Constitution Ave., NW b/w 12th & 14th Streets
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian
Quick Tix Code: 1P0-371