Your Guide to Summer 2013's Outdoor Movie Scene

Our comprehensive list of outdoor movie screenings in D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer

When did the D.C. metro area become a mecca for outdoor summer movies? We're not entirely sure, but do not argue with it. It is a thing, and it is awesome.

From Alexandria to U Street to Rockville, you would be hard-pressed to find a place without an outdoor movie lineup. No matter where you live, you can spend your evenings watching superheroes fighting, high school kids brooding, Russell Crowe singing, or just about any contemporary and classic film your heart desires.

Read on to find out how (and where) to get your outdoor movie fix this summer.

NOTE: Film schedules are subject to change. Please check with the venue to verify dates and times.


Black August Summer Movie Series – All movies begin at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 25: “Akeela and the Bee” (Frederick Douglass National Historical Site, 19th and W streets SE)

Sept. 8: “The Wiz” (Frederick Douglass site)

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Sept. 25: “The Lion King” (Shepard Park, corner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE)

Capitol Riverfront: Front Flicks250 M Street SE. Thursdays, May 30-Aug. 8. Sundown

May 30: “Captain America”

June 6: “Green Lantern”

June 13: “Iron Man”

June 20: “Batman and Robin”

June 27: “The Hulk”

July 4: No Movie

July 11: “Batman Begins”

July 18: “Thor”

July 25: “The Dark Knight”

Aug. 1: “The Avengers”

Aug. 8: “The Dark Knight Rises”

Golden Triangle: Golden Cinema Series Heurich House Museum courtyard, 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Fridays, June 7-July 12. Gates open at 8 p.m.

June 7: “Casablanca”

June 14: “Rear Window”

June 21: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” (9 p.m.)

June 28: “Some Like It Hot”

July 5: “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

July 12: “The Philadelphia Story”

Family Night at Sursum CordaLoree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. Four Tuesdays this summer.

June 18: “How to Train Your Dragon”

July 9: “Brave”

July 23: “The Incredibles”

Aug. 6: “Toy Story 3”

Jane Austen Outdoor Film SeriesDumbarton House, Georgetown, 2715 Q St. NW. Sunset.

June 12: “Becoming Jane”

July 10: “Mansfield Park”

Aug. 8: “Pride & Prejudice”

NoMa Summer Screen Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. Wednesdays, May 22-Aug. 21. People start gathering at 7 p.m. for music, giveaways, food trucks, and other activities before the movies.

May 22: “Indiana Jones: Last Crusade”

May 29: “Star Trek: The Future Begins”

June 5: “The Princess Bride”

June 12: “The Italian Job”

June 19: “Goonies”

June 26: “Breakfast Club”

July 3: “The Fugitive”

July 10: “Bridesmaids”

July 17: “Moonrise Kingdom”

July 24: “True Grit”

July 31: “Hunger Games”

Aug. 7: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

Aug. 14: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Aug. 21: rain date

Screen on the GreenNational Mall, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 12th streets NW. Mondays beginning at dusk.

July 22: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"    

July 29: "Norma Rae"    

Aug. 5: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

Aug. 12: "Tootsie"

U Street Movie Series: Harrison Field Under the StarsHarrison Recreation Center field, V Street NW between 13th and 14th.

June 19: "Star Wars Uncut"

July 17: "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry"

Aug. 21: "Summer Wars" (anime)

Sept. 18: "The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan"


Bethesda Outdoor Movies Woodmont Triangle, corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues, Bethesda. July 23-27, 9 p.m.

July 23: “The Princess Bride”

July 24: “Rear Window”

July 25: “Back to the Future”

July 26: “The Hunger Games”

July 27: “Life of Pi”

Columbia’s Lakefront Summer Festival Columbia Lakefront Stage, 10275 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Runs Fridays, June 15-Sept. 14 and includes concerts and dance lessons. Movies begin at dusk.

Movie schedule TBA; all movies expected to be rated G.

National Harbor Movies on the PotomacNational Harbor. Sundays, May 26-Sept. 1. Includes Animation Fascination (May 26-June 30), '80s Classics (July 7-July 28) and Silver Screen Sports (Aug. 4-Sept. 1). All movies start approximately 20 minutes after sunset.

May 26: “Wreck-It Ralph”

June 2: “Brave”

June 9: “The Lorax”

June 16: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

June 23: “Hotel Transylvania”

June 30: “Rise of the Guardians"

July 7: “E.T.”

July 14: “Back to the Future”

July 21: “Ghostbusters”

July 28: “The Goonies”

Aug. 4: “Mighty Ducks”

Aug. 11: “Little Big League”

Aug. 18: “Dreamer”

Aug. 25: “Thunderstruck"

Sept. 1: “Remember the Titans”

Rockville Town Square: Movies on the SquareWednesdays, June 12-Aug. 21.

June 12: “The Lorax”

June 19: “Skyfall”

June 26: “The Dark Knight Rises”

July 3: “Life of Pi”

July 10: “The Hunger Games”

July 17: “Men in Black 3”

July 24: “Wreck-It Ralph”

July 31: “Big”

Aug. 7: “The Avengers”

Aug. 14: “Les Miserables”

Aug. 21: “Hotel Transylvania”


Cinema Del RayMount Vernon Recreation Center, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria. Third Thursdays in summer; dusk.

June 15: “The Lorax”

July 20: “Wreck-It Ralph”

Aug. 17: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Crystal Screen: BlockbustersCrystal City, 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington. Mondays, June 3-Aug. 26. After sunset.

June 3: “E.T.”

June 10: “The Social Network”

June 17: “The King’s Speech”

June 24: “Crash”

July 1: “American Beauty”

July 8: “The Blind Side”

July 15: “Moneyball”

July 22: “A Beautiful Mind”

July 29: “Forrest Gump”

Aug. 5: “The Help”

Aug. 12: “Jaws”

Aug. 19: “Inception”

Aug. 26: “Jurassic Park”

Mosaic District: Films in the ParkStrawberry Park, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. Fridays, May 3-Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

May 3: “Wreck-It Ralph”

May 10: “Les Miserables”

May 17: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

May 24: “Argo”

May 31: “Brave”

June 7: “Back to the Future”

June 14: “Groundhog Day”

June 21: “The Goonies”

June 28: “Dazed and Confused”

July 5: “Field of Dreams”

July 12: “Moneyball”

July 19: “For Love of the Game”

July 26: “A League of Their Own”

Aug. 2: “Meet Joe Black”

Aug. 9: “Rain Man”

Aug. 16: “Dead Poet’s Society”

Aug. 23: “A Beautiful Mind”

Aug. 30: “Good Will Hunting”

Movies Under the StarsPinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Drive, Fairfax. 8 p.m.

May 24: “Wreck-It Ralph”

June 7: “Brave”

June 21: “Willow”

July 26: "The Sandlot"

Aug. 9: “Finding Nemo”

Aug. 23: “The Princess Bride”

Rosslyn Summer SchoolGateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. Fridays, May 17-Aug. 30; dusk.

May 17: “The Breakfast Club”

May 24: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

May 31: “Clueless”

June 7: “Risky Business”

June 14: “Can’t Buy Me Love”

June 21: “Easy A”

June 28: “10 Things I Hate About You”

July 5: “Bring It On”

July 12: “Pretty In Pink”

July 19: “She’s All That”

July 26: “Fame”

Aug. 2: “Can’t Hardly Wait”

Aug. 9: “Sixteen Candles”

Aug. 16: “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

Aug. 23: “American Graffiti”

Aug. 30: “Grease"

Starlight Cinema Centreville 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville. Sundays, Aug. 3-24. Gates open at 6 p.m.; movies start at dark.

Aug. 3: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Aug. 10: “Ice Age: Continental Drift”

Aug. 17: “Kung Fun Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom”

Aug. 24: “Rise of the Guardians”

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