Screen on the Green is a free outdoor summer movie festival in DC held on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets. Residents and tourists bring blankets and picnics to the lawn to watch classic films on Monday nights on a huge 20 foot by 40 foot screen. Movies start at sunset (8:30 or 9 PM). But even though the flicks don’t start until dusk, people start to arrive at 5 PM to secure their lawn space. This year, Screen on the Green kicks off with the 1982 classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on July 22. The following Mondays will present Norma Rae and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, with Tootsie closing out the season August 12.
A third outdoor movie festival in DC is Captiol Riverfront Outdoor Movies in Canal Park in Southeast, near the Navy Yard and Nationals Park. Movies play on Thursdays at 8:45 PM and run from May 30 to August 8. Selections for 2013 include Batman Begins, Iron Man, and Thor. If you arrive early, you may be able to play Wii on the big screen, answer trivia questions, or show off your hula hoop skills.
U Street Outdoor Movies screens documentaries and other films that feature and celebrate the city. This outdoor movie festival in DC will show films on four dates this summer -- June 19, July 17, August 21, and September 18.
Enjoy the summer and check out an outdoor movie festival in DC!