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Outdoor movies are coming back to the D.C. metropolitan area this summer! There are several dates and locations these movies are being offered, so we thought we would share them with you so that you can enjoy them as much as we do.
After a long day at work, we love to spend the rest of the day outside, enjoying the sun and fresh air. Outdoor movies are a perfect way to do this! All you need is a picnic blanket, snacks, and a few close friends and family. Movies range from the new hits, recently graduated from the ever-expensive theaters, all the way to the oldies that make you reminisce on the good ol’ days. The best part about all of this is that it’s free! If you’ve never been to an outdoor movie in the area, this is your opportunity to go and call yourself a true DMV resident.
Movies, Venues and Showtimes – Oh My!
Now for the good part. Here is a list of all the showings, venues, and times in the area to look forward to during your weekday blues:
Capitol Riverfront: A beautiful location right near Navy Yard metro station, this screening shows mostly new films, dabbled with some classic oldies that are sure to make you nostalgic.
Time: movies begin at sunset (they recommend getting there at 7pm to get a good spot!)
Place: Canal Park, 200 M St SE
- July 28 – Creed
- Aug 4 – Pitch Perfect 2
Golden Cinema Series: Perfectly situated between the Farragut North (red line) and Farragut West (orange line) stations in the Golden Triangle and a ten minute walk from our office, there is almost no reason to miss out on this. Head to one of the many restaurants in the area after work or schedule your long overdue dental cleaning and exam at our office and you’ll have just enough time to make it to the screening. Even better, the theme this year is “Hail to the Chief” in honor of this year’s upcoming presidential election!
- July 29 – Mars Attacks! (rescheduled from June 3)
Georgetown Sunset Cinemas: Only in its second year, this venue is perfect for those who want a great movie, sunset, and river backdrop (great for all you Instagram fanatics!). Slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Georgetown is perfect to just kick back and take in the view.
Time: 7:30pm (they recommend getting there earlier for a good spot!)
Place: Georgetown Waterfront Park
- Aug. 2 – Into the Wild
Rosslyn Cinema: Located right across the river from the District, this outdoor film venue offers many incentives that will make it hard to miss! Food trucks are available from 5pm until the beginning of the movie, beer and wine are available at a Mobile Bar, and Popped Republic! Food Truck will have popcorn for purchase each night. In addition, there will be family nights on July 10, July 15, and August 5th, with activities and stories for the kids prior to the film. Lastly, on June 10th, you can bring your pet to the movie screening! The theme this year is “Incredible Journeys”, so what’s not to love?
Time: begin at dusk
- July 29 – Top Gun
- Aug. 5 – Up
- Aug. 12 – Roman Holiday
- Aug. 19 – Casino Royale (2006)
- Aug. 26 – The Notebook
National Harbor Movies on the Potomac: Overlooking the beautiful harbor, this screening venue has the greatest amount of showings, guaranteed to have one movie you would love to see! They have Date Night movies every Thursday, starting at 7pm, perfect for that bottle of wine you and your significant can share. Family movies are every Sunday, starting at 6pm, which is a great way to wind down from the busy week and prepare for the next one.
Time: 6pm (Family nights) and 7pm (Date nights)
Place: 165 Waterfront St
- July 28 – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- July 31 – TBD
- Aug. 4 – Remember the Titans
- Aug. 7 – Cars
- Aug. 11 – The Longest Yard
- Aug. 14 – The Karate Kid
- Aug. 18 – Zoolander
- Aug. 21 – Hook
- Aug. 25 – TBD
- Aug. 28 – Cool Runnings
- Sept. 1 – Casino Royale
- Sept. 4 – Tomorrowland
- Sept. 8 – Men in Black
- Sept. 11 – Wreck it Ralph
- Sept. 15 – Ocean’s 11
- Sept. 18 – Zootopia
- Sept. 22 – Meet the Parents
- Sept. 25 – TBD
- Sept. 29 – Ocean’s 12
Now that you have some idea of what the DMV has to offer, you can make your venture out into the world of outdoor movie screenings. We’ve only named a select few of the locations, hardly dipping our toe into the full list of locations. If you want to see what else is out there in terms of venues, movies, and times, check out this site!
Health has far more to do with our teeth. That’s why we encourage you to get grab a picnic blanket, some friends and family, and snacks to enjoy the fresh air and unwind!
Summer in the City: Part Two
One of my all time favorite things to do in Washington, DC is to watch movies outside in the summer time. It’s awesome, and (usually) it’s FREE! The showings are all over town and the movies are usually classics. That’s Casablanca in the photo I took above, as an example. You can bring food and drink to many venues, which just makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable. Without further ado, let me give you the skinny on what’s available and when, around town this summer.
Screen on the Green – Screen on the Green is pretty famous. I mean, you get to watch movies ON the National Mall. That’s pretty amazing. From what I’ve seen of the movies, they are mostly classics, and mostly family friendly. The showings this year range from July 21st-August 11th of 2014.
Films at the Stone – I’ve not personally gone to this venue for film showings, but it is a great location. It’s right along the Tidal Basin and is usually a very beautiful area. Not to mention you can also get a chance (if you haven’t) to check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. There are some powerful films showing this year. The films are spread out over June, July and August. Click the link above for the movies and their show times.
Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival – Located in a park right near the border of Washington, DC in Arlington (Rosslyn), the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival always is a “must attend”. Great movies, and great fun. The movies are spread across the movie rating spectrum, so they are not always family friendly. It is accessible by Metro. If you don’t mind the walk, you can also reach the park from a short walk over Key Bridge from Georgetown. The films show every Friday. As of this writing, I’m a little late on informing you, as two films have already been shown, but fear not, you still have another 10 films at this venue.
NoMa Summer Screen – The NoMa BID (North of Mass. Ave.) hosts this Summer film festival every year. This year’s theme is “Unlikely Friendships” and what a great line-up it is! It runs from May 28th to August 20th this year, and is located on L St. between 2nd and 3rd St. NE. This venue is particularly neat because they also have music, guests, and BBQ!
Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies – Trivia. Hula hooping. Wii on a big screen, and great sports movies. This is what you should expect when going to the Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies, located only about a block away from National’s Park and also accessible front the Navy Yard Metro station, this venue is a great choice for outdoor movies. Movies run from June 5th to September 4th, at 8:45 pm every Thursday. Check out the link above to see movies and times.
These are just a few of the many options to choose from. They are a great experience and in my opinion, it wouldn’t really be summer unless I went to at least a couple of them.
Most of these locations allow you to picnic (bring your own food and drinks) so keep that in mind and add that as part of your experience; a picnic outdoors with your friend/s or S/O, watching classic (or new) movies, in a park, in the Nation’s Capital. It’s a pretty neat thing.
I hope I gave you some more ideas of what to do this summer in this beautiful city. There will be more to come this week!
Stay healthy my friends!