Archives Announces Return of Annual Alabama in the Movies Summer Film Festival


Press Release - For Immediate Release

June 28, 2022

Media Contact: Georgia Ann Hudson or (334) 353-3312


Montgomery, AL (6/28/22) – After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is pleased to announce the return of its popular summer film festival Alabama in the Movies. This four-week festival features movies with Alabama connections. Screenings will be held every Thursday in July beginning at 6:00 pm in the ADAH’s air-conditioned Joseph M. Farley Alabama Power Auditorium. Admission is FREE! Concessions will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30. For more information, email or call (334) 353-4689.


Thursday, July 7: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) This Oscar-winning film adaptation of Harper Lee’s iconic novel recounts the childhood experiences of six-year-old Scout Finch during the Great Depression in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. When her father, Atticus, a principled and respected attorney, defends a Black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, Scout and her brother witness the horrors of racism. They also learn valuable lessons about courage, compassion, tolerance, and prejudice. Starring Mary Badham and Gregory Peck. Drama. Not Rated.

Thursday, July 14: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. Close Encounters was filmed on location in Mobile, Bay Minette, Fairhope, and Irvington. Drama, Sci-Fi. Rated PG.

Thursday, July 21: Forrest Gump (1994) In this Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump, a gentle soul from a small Alabama town, happens into one memorable experience after another through a panorama of twentieth-century American history. Throughout his life, he is sustained by his love for Jenny, his childhood best friend. Based on the novel by Winston Groom. Starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright Penn, and Gary Sinise. Drama. Rated PG-13.


Thursday, July 28: 42: The True Story of an American Legend (2013) This film tells the life story of Jackie Robinson, who became the first Black player in Major League Baseball when he was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Many of the scenes were filmed at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field. Drama. Starring Chadwick Boseman, T. R. Knight, and Harrison Ford. Rated PG-13.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government-records repository, a special-collections library and research facility, and home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across Washington Avenue from the State Capitol. The Museum of Alabama is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. The EBSCO Research Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. To learn more, visit or call (334) 242-4364.


Alabama Department of Archives & History

624 Washington Ave.

Montgomery, AL 36130

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