Your Outdoor Summer Movie Rundown

Don't ever pay for an outdoor movie. Save those funds for beer.

Outdoors movies: Pretty much as quintessentially summer as eating watermelon, catching fireflies, and scratching at horrible, horrible mosquito bites that won't ever stop itching even though you used bug spray and rubbing alcohol and you swat at them and argghhhhh.... sorry, where were we again?

Oh, right. So obviously, Screen on the Green is the best-known, and arguably most-loved summer movie tradition here in the District. But SotG isn't the only game in town.

So here's a bunch of free outdoor movie options for ya, from August into autumn:

Crystal Screen: By the Numbers -- Bell Street Courtyard: 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington. After sunset.

  • Aug. 1: "The Sixth Sense"
  • Aug. 8:  "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"
  • Aug. 15: "10 Things I Hate About You"
  • Aug. 22: "(500) Days of Summer"
  • Aug. 29: "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor -- sunset next to the marina; no coolers with food or alcoholic beverages permitted.

  • Aug. 7: "Tron Legacy"
  • Aug. 14: "Jumanji"
  • Aug. 21: "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe"
  • Aug. 28: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"
  • Sept. 4: "The Wizard of Oz"

NoMa Summer Screen: Trains -- L Street N.E. between 2nd and 3rd streets N.E. Many nights feature free food, special events and food trucks. See schedule here. 7 p.m. food and music; 9 p.m. film.

  • Aug. 3: "The Incredibles"
  • Aug. 10: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (rescheduled from May 18)

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival: "SNL" in the Movies -- Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. Dusk.

  • Aug. 5: "Hot Rod"
  • Aug. 12: "Mean Girls"
  • Aug. 19: "Night at the Roxbury"
  • Aug. 26: "Shrek"

Screen on the Green -- National Mall, Constitution Avenue between 8th and 14th streets N.W. Dusk.

  • Aug. 1: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
  • Aug. 8: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
  • Aug. 15: "Cool Hand Luke"

U Street Movie Series -- Harrison Recreation Center Field, V Street N.W. between 13th and 14th streets N.W. Gates open at 7 p.m. Moonbounce for kids at June and August family nights, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Aug. 23: "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets"
  • Sept. 20: "Bag It"
  • Oct. Date TBA: "Waiting for Superman" (indoors location TBA; followed by community forum on education policy)

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