Longtime Director of AFI Silver Theatre Retires

photo of AFI Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring

After nearly 50 years, Ray Barry, Director of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is retiring.

Barry served as the Director of the AFI Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center, and later spearheading AFI’s initiative to restore the historic Silver Theatre and transforming it into the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

“It has been a great privilege to work for so many years in a career devoted to bringing the best in American and world cinema to the screen. And for the past 20 years to do this work at an historic theater that is so deeply anchored in the fabric of its community as the AFI Silver, has been the experience of a lifetime,” said Ray Barry in an AFI press release. “Together with so many exceptional friends and colleagues, we’ve had the privilege of educating and entertaining millions of people, and I look forward to seeing the many great things to come for AFI Silver under the leadership of Todd Hitchcock.”

Todd Hitchcock, Silver Theatre Director of Programming and Associate Director of the Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, has been named as Barry’s replacement.

For more information about Barry’s retirement and AFI, click here. 


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