09 Jun 2010

Movies Under the Stars

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Update: According to DCist, tonight’s film has been cancelled due to weather.

What started with movies on the Mall has mushroomed into a rite of summer.  Now if your neighborhood is worth its salt, it has a summer movie series.  And since we Hill denizens are quite salty, we have three.  In case you haven’t been keeping track, here are the details on all the nearby movies, with outdoor options on Wednesdays and Thursdays and an indoor series on Thursdays and twice on Saturdays.

Wednesday – Outdoor:
The NoMa BID’s theme for its Summer Screen series is The Future is Now, movies that “grapple with future or the element of time.” Showing at L St, NE between 2nd and 3rd at the New York Avenue metro, movies are free and on site food options include BBQ by Smokin’ Somethin’, popcorn, Italian ice and music by Fatback.  Or bring your own cooler with food and drink to enjoy while you wait.

Tonight’s movie is Donnie Darko — if you haven’t seen this one, definitely check it out.  And then have really strange dreams for weeks after.  The remainder of the series includes: Back to the Future, The Fifth Element, E.T., Sleeper, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Logan’s Run, Groundhog Day and a reprisal of Donnie Darko.

Thursday – Outdoor:
Head down to the Capitol Riverfront to enjoy the Riverfront’s BID’s movie series on the Ultimate Underdog.  Showing in Canal Park at 200 M Street, SE, at the New Jersey Ave exit of the Navy Yard Metro, the show starts at sundown (8:45ish) but movie watchers are encouraged to come early for hoop jams, trivia and Wii.

This Thursday’s movie is Forrest Gump.  Remaining movies in the series are Shrek, The Karate Kid, To Kill a Mockingbird, Legally Blonde, Rudy, Seabiscuit, Happy Gilmore and Rocky.

Thursday – Indoor:
Never to be outdone, Atlas Performing Arts Center has not just one, but three film series this summer, beginning June 9th and continuing through September 4th.  Jen already gave us the lowdown, so I’ll just let you know what titles are coming so you can mark your calendar.

The Thursday series is titled Gay 101, with films showing at 8PM.  The series kicks off this Thursday with A Star is Born.  Other films in the series are: The Women, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Auntie Mame, La Cage Aux Folles, Valley of the Dolls, Where the Boys Are, All About Eve, Suddenly Last Summer, Cabaret, Mommie Dearest, and Steel Magnolias.

Saturday – Indoor:
Atlas is offering a double feature on Saturdays, with a 5PM showing from their 70’s Family Series (aka Gen X Nostalgia Series) and Cinema al Fresco at 8PM.  Both start Saturday, June 19th.

The 5PM lineup includes: The Muppet Movie, Pippi in the South Seas, 1776, Charlotte’s Web, The Bad News Bears, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Bugsy Malone, Snoopy Come Home, Tom Sawyer, The Call of the Wild, Black Stallion, and The Wiz.

At 8PM see: Cinema Paradiso, The Godfather II, La Dolce Vita, Everybody’s Fine (Stanno Tutti Bene), Seven Beauties, Only You, It Started in Naples, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Nine, Three Coins in the Fountain, Romeo and Juliet, and Roman Holiday.

Monday – Outdoor:
If you’re a traditionalist, here’s the schedule for Screen on the Green, at Constitution, NW, between 4th & 7th, near the Smithsonian metro.  The series starts July 12th and concludes August 4th.

This year the series includes four films released between 1957 and 1977:  Goldfinger, The Goodbye Girl, 12 Angry Men, and Bonnie and Clyde.


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