Holiday programming at the American Film Institute Theater will consist of a series devoted to movie adaptations of celebrated plays and a series dealing with children and young people, ranging from "The Kid" to "Lord of the Flies" and from "Little Miss Marker" to "Blackboard Jungle." Each series begins Friday, Dec. 16, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 14. Suitable selections in the children's series are scheduled for the AFI Theater's Saturdat and Sunday matinee programs for families.

The stage adaptations begin with "Auntie Mame" and include such highlights as a color print of the peerless 1952 production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," revivals of all three productions of "Showboat," the Olivier "Hamlet," "Pygmalion," "On the Town," "Our Town," "The Women," "Dial M for Murder," "Barefoot in the Park," "The Homecoming" and "The Iceman Cometh."

The children's series opens with "Small Change" and includes "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Gigi," "The Yearling," "Forbidden Games," "The Search" (inadvertently omitted from the AFI Theater's recent Montgomery Clift retrospective), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (perhaps the most puzzling inclusion on that semi-final list of 50 movies in the AFI's recent "greatest" poll), and double bills of "Boys' Town" with "Father's Little Dividend, "Little Miss Marker" with "Wee Willie Winkie," "The Kid" with "The Red Balloon" and "The Innocents" with "The Nightcomers."

William Miles, the director of a new documentary, "Men of Bronze," about the formation of the 369th Infantry Regiment, a combat unit of black volunteers who served under the French Fourth Army in World War I, will appear in Baird Auditorium, the Museum of Natural History, on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. to introduce and discuss his film. Tickets are priced at $3 for members of the Smithsonian and $4 for non-members.

The Washington Project for the Arts will host a film-and-lecture program by independent filmmaker M. Jonathan Rubin this Sunday at 8 p.m. The address is 1227 G. St. NW, and tickets are priced at $2.50, with a 50-cent discount for students.

A local organization called the Evol Film Society, in cooperation with the National Heritage Theater at 13th and E Streets NW, is sponsoring a competitive festival of Super 8 mm films called "Super 8: 78." Films will be grouped into two classes, beginning and experienced, with finalists and prize-winners scheduled to be shown at the National Heritage Theater on April 1, 1978, a Saturday as well as April Fool's Day. The entry deadline is Jan. 31. Eligible films may be sound or silent but should not exceed a running time of 20 minutes. Detailed information and entry forms may be obtained by writing the Evol Film Society, Suite 407, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20006.

Alan Resnais' "Providence" finally has a local opening date: Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Outer Circle Theaters reports exceptional business ofr both "The Turning Point," which opened with $27,000 in receipts at the Dupont Circle and jumped to $33,500 in its second week, and "Iphigenia," which had improved from an opening week of $4,000 at the West End Circle to $8,000 in its third week.

Sheldon Tromberg has announced another section of his seminar course, "Introduction to Feature Motion Picture Screenwriting." The first of five weekly sessions is scheduled for Dec. 7. Those interested may obtain detailed information by calling 966-7799.

Eli Savada, a former archivist and cataloguer with the American Film Institute, has begun a freelance motion picture information and research service, operating out of his home in Bethesda and drawing upon an extensive collection of reference books, press kits and clipping files. Anyone interested in inquiring about his services should call 530-0549.

Department of Corrections: An item in last week's Filmnotes about a casting call at the Biograph included a misprinted address for actors and actresses who could not attend in person but desired to send pictures and resumes by mail. The correct mailing address is Washington Casting Directory, 3211 Adams Mill Road, Washington, D.C., 20010.