Outdoor movies: Something for everyone makes for affordable, summer fun

Entertainment,Movies,Robert Fulton

Catching a flick outside during the summer in the D.C. metro area has become as much a part of the culture as traffic on the Beltway and Metro disruptions. Multiple neighborhoods in and around the District offer weekly outdoor film viewings, enough to the point that a film buff can catch something almost every night of the week. These screenings are free, typically start around sundown, and welcome blankets and food. Visit the website for each series for show times and details.

Crystal Screen: Blockbusters
The theme for this annual offering in Crystal City is Blockbusters. Highlights include "Forrest Gump" on July 29 and the series-closer "Jurassic Park" on Aug. 26. Films screen near the Crystal City Metro (Blue, Yellow lines) at sundown on Mondays.

Family Film Night at Sursum Corda
Brought to you by the folks who do NoMa Summer Screen (see below), Family Fun Night at Sursum Corda is a run of four animated films. "Toy Story 3" on July 23 is a definite highlight. Films screen on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Sursum Corda at the plaza at First and L streets NW.

NoMa Summer Screen: Outlaw Heroes
This neighborhood north of Union Station has put together a weekly movie screening each summer for the past few years. Outlaw Heroes is the name of the game this year. Some selections are obvious, such as "The Fugitive" on July 3. Others a bit of a stretch, like "Bridesmaids" on July 10. Still good fun. Movies are each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Loree Grand Field at Second and L streets NE.

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest: Summer School
School may be out this summer, but school is in Rosslyn. The theme this year is Summer School. Highlights include "Pretty In Pink" on July 12 and "Grease" Aug. 30. At Gateway Park two blocks from Rosslyn Metro (Orange, Blue lines), at dusk on Fridays.

Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor
The folks at National Harbor keep it accessible for all with Family Movie Sundays as the focus of this year's Movies on the Potomac. National Harbor divides the family-friendly films into three series. The first, Animation Fascination, runs through June 30 and includes modern offerings such as "Madagascar" on June 16. In July, '80s Classics ("Ghostbusters" July 21, "The Goonies" July 28) take center stage. The series wraps up with Silver Screen Sports, concluding with "Remember the Titans" on Sept. 1. Films screen on Sundays at the Plaza, approximately 20 minutes after sunset.

Bethesda Outdoor Movies
This is not a weekly series, but five consecutive evenings of films from July 23 to July 27. From the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" to the teen-friendly "The Hunger Games," there's something here for everyone. 9 p.m., corner of Norfolk and Auburn avenues.

Screen on the Green
The big communal gathering of outdoor film watching runs for four consecutive Mondays at sunset beginning with "E.T." July 22. Films run on a 20 foot by 40 foot screen on the National Mall between Seventh and 12th streets.

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