Film Screenings

The Solomon Victory Theater, which houses the 4D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries, is also used for special film screenings. 

Solomon Victory Theater interior

Each year, the Museum hosts documentaries, feature films, and campy classics. Documentaries often feature a Q&A with the filmmaker. Watch classic feature films and even world premieres in the Solomon Victory Theater, which houses the 4D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries.


UPCOMING FILM SCREENINGS:

Minor Accident of War
February 3, 2020
Solomon Victory Theater
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Screening & Panel Discussion

A 15-minute long animated film, Minor Accident of War is based on a poem by writer and poet Edward Field. Field, 95 and a longtime resident of New York City, flew 27 missions during World War II. Twenty years later in 1965, he wrote a poem about one of those harrowing missions on February 3, 1945. On his third of 27 missions as navigator in the 384th Bombardment Group, his plane, The Challenger, got hit by flak and crashed into the North Sea. Of the 10 crew members, three lost their lives; one of them gave up his life for Field. 

The Six Triple Eight
February 12, 2020
Solomon Victory Theater
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

In February 1945, the US Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European theater of operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during World War II. By the war’s end, the Six Triple Eight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home.

The Ghost Army
April 7, 2020 
Solomon Victory Theater
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

War, deception, art, and glory come together in the documentary film The Ghost Army, the astonishing true story of American GIs—many of whom would later have illustrious careers in art, design, and fashion—who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects, and carefully crafted illusions during World War II. Filmmaker Rick Beyer tells a remarkable story of a top-secret mission that was at once absurd, deadly, and amazingly effective.

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii 
May 13, 2020  
Solomon Victory Theater
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combated prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of US history.

History Speaks: Diary of a Generation 
August 5, 2020
Solomon Victory Theater
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Members of the WWII generation tell their personal stories of seemingly ordinary people who become extraordinary when faced with the realities of living in a world at war. History Speaks honors the WWII generation by allowing them to tell their stories in their own words. These stories will be saved so future generations may learn—firsthand—about a generation with an unparalleled sense of duty and who contributed in very different ways to the war effort, on and off the battlefield.

The Sound of Music Sing-Along 
August 22, 2020
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. Screening

Sing along with Maria, the Captain, and all the von Trapp kids as The National WWII Museum hosts a participatory screening of the 1965 film classic, The Sound of Music.

The wildly successful Sound of Music sing-along is back at The National WWII Museum. Anticipate a night of campy nuns, costumes, sweet songs, and laughter. Participants are encouraged to dress up, boo the Nazis, and sing along with everyone’s favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes from the Austrian countryside, including “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev'ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and, of course, the stirring title song. 

Path of the Past
December 16, 2020
Solomon Victory Theater
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Learn the incredible true story of Sergeant Louis "Louch" Baczewski (pronounced Loo-ch) and one tank division's journey against all odds, and what may be the sadly unacknowledged true story behind the 2014 film Fury. Based on the 2013 book Louch: A Simple Man’s True Story of War, Survival, Life, and Legacy, Path of the Past follows the harrowing journey of the only documented American tank crew to survive together from Normandy, France, into Germany itself and in the same Sherman tank.


Past Event Highlights:

The Sound of Music Sing-Along, August 2016

You gave us your best Julie Andrews!  The National WWII Museum hosted its biennial showing of The Sound of Music. 700 of our closest friends watched this classic film get campy with New Orleans’ top comedians: Becky Allen, Sean Patterson, and Mandy Zirkenbach.

Follow along with all the fun on #ww2SoundofMusic