‘Screen on the Green’ Brings Movie Madness to Nation’s Front Lawn

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The Washington Monument stands on the National Mall at sunset. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Monument stands on the National Mall at sunset. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - If you’re into watching free movies in the DC area, you probably already know that more than a dozen outdoor film festivals have been going on, even since before the summer began.

But this week, the one that many denizens of the DMV wait all year for arrives on the National Mall.

Screen on the Green gets under way this Monday night with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, kicking off four weeks of free movies on the nation’s front yard.

But that’s not the only outdoor film festival going on, not to mention the ones happening indoors. From Loudoun to Laurel, from Columbia to Culpeper, there’s something for just about everyone this week.

Here’s the full list of free movies in and around Washington for the week starting Saturday, July 20th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: A screening of educational films from the 1960s, including Jim Henson’s Academy Award-nominated short Time Piece (1966). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Lessons”, the season 7 premiere. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7pm: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Disney’s computer-generated tale of a video arcade bad guy who wants to be good, and invades a candy-coated game to try to do it. Part of Cinema Del Ray 2013 at the Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: Rise of the Guardians (2012), the Dreamworks animated story that reimagines Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as heroic protectors of children’s dreams, and Jack Frost as a reluctant member of their band. The final movie in the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Alexandria’s Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St.
  • 7:30pm: The ‘Burbs (1989), starring Tom Hanks as an ordinary guy who’s convinced his new neighbors are part of a cannibalistic cult. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: Dial M for Murder (1954), the Alfred Hitchcock mystery classic starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Dusk: Puss in Boots (2011), the movie that gave Shrek’s swashbuckling sidekick a starring role. Part of Movies on the Beach, 8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, Md.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), a Hong Kong comedy fantasy that kicked off a spate of ghost movies overseas. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 4pm: A silent double-feature with ties to Alfred Hitchcock: his highly stylized story of an expelled schoolboy wrongly accused of stealing, Downhill (1927), is followed by The Constant Nymph (1928), a story of adolescent desire co-written, without credit, by Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville. Part of the series “The Hitchcock 9″ at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 8:30pm: High Anxiety (1977), Mel Brooks’s spoof of almost a dozen Hitchcock classics. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • After sunset: Ghostbusters (1984), the hit comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as fired university scientists who get back on their feet as ghost hunters for hire in seamy New York City. Part of the Lake Anne Plaza Summer Film Festival, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.
  • 20 minutes after sunset: Back to the Future (1985), the time travel classic starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and a lightning-powered DeLorean. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.

Monday:

  • 6pm: Harvey (1950), starring Jimmy Stewart as a middle-aged man whose best friend is a six-foot rabbit only he can see. Part of the series “Mr. Stewart Comes to Washington” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: Backwoods. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: Brave (2012), the Disney-Pixar tale of a Scottish princess who refuses to accept her overprotective mother’s path for her destiny. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: Black Widow (1987), starring Debra Winger as a federal agent on the trail of a beautiful woman who marries wealthy men, then murders them. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • After sunset: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming tale of a boy who befriends a lost alien, kicks off this year’s Screen on the Green on the National Mall between 7th St. and 12th St.
  • After sunset: A Beautiful Mind (2001), the Oscar-winning biopic starring Russell Crowe as Dr. John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who battles schizophrenia. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 7pm: Seeds of Freedom (2012), a short documentary on how genetically-modified seeds have changed the agriculture industry. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
  • 7pm: Toy Story 3 (2010), the final installment in the beloved Pixar series that follows Woody, Buzz and the rest to a day-care center, after Andy outgrows his plastic friends. The latest Family Film Night in Sursum Corda, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
  • 8:30pm: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), the romantic comedy classic starring Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • 9pm: The Princess Bride (1987). The inconceivably hilarious Rob Reiner classic with Princess Buttercup, Westley, Inigo Montoya and the rest kicks off Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk Ave. and Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.

Wednesday:

  • 7pm: True Grit (2010), the Coen Brothers remake of the vigilante Western with Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
  • 8pm: Weekend at Bernies (1989), the cult classic about a couple of losers who party with their recently-murdered boss. Part of Wet Hot Wednesdays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 8:30pm: Peter Pan (1953), the Disney classic about the boy from Neverland who refuses to grow up. It’s the latest Movie Night in South Riding, at 43055 Center St., South Riding, Va.
  • 8:30pm: Double Indemnity (1944), the film noir classic starring Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman caught up in a murder scheme. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • 8:45pm: Wreck-It Ralph (2012). If you missed it on Saturday at Cinema Del Ray, it’s playing tonight at Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 9pm: Rear Window (1954), the Alfred Hitchcock suspense classic starring Jimmy Stewart as an injured photographer who’s convinced he’s witnessed a murder from his apartment window. Part of Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk Ave. and Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.

Thursday:

  • 7:30pm: a couple of PBS documentaries on blues musicians, not seen since the 1970s, come to the big screen at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. Good Mornin’ Blues (1977), hosted by B.B. King and produced by Mississippi Public Television, and Homewood Barrelhouse (1970), with performances by Charles Brown, T-Bone Walker, & Big Joe Turner. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: The Defiant Ones (1958). Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Sunset: The Dark Knight (2008), the second movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, pitting the Caped Crusader against the Joker, hauntingly played by Heath Ledger in the final performance before his death. Part of the “DC vs. Marvel” themed Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies at Canal Park, 2nd St. and M St. SE.
  • 9pm: Back to the Future (1985). If you missed it at National Harbor Sunday night, see it as part of Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk Ave. and Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.

Friday:

  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “Turn Left”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7pm: Viva Erotica (1996), a comedy with serious undertones about a struggling director who agrees to make porn, paid for by a gangster, to stay afloat. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 7pm: The American President (1995), the rom-com starring Michael Douglas as a widowed president who falls in love with a lobbyist (Annette Bening). Part of Union Market DC Drive-In, 1309 5th St. NE.
  • 7pm: A League of Their Own (1992), the comedy starring Tom Hanks as a washed-up ex-baseball player who reluctantly agrees to manage an all-girl baseball team during World War II. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: Design for Living (1933), a comedy based on a Noel Coward play about a woman who can’t design between two suitors, so they all agree to try living together as friends. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: Frankenweenie (2012), the Tim Burton stop-motion film about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life, only to run into some unintended consequences. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8pm: Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Your third chance to see the family film this week. It’s part of Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies at Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.
  • 8:30pm: The Fly (1986), the 80s remake of the old Vincent Price horror classic starring Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who becomes a man-insect hybrid when his experiments in teleportation go gruesomely wrong. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Sunset: Rise of the Guardians (2012). If you missed it on Saturday in Alexandria, you can see it at Movies Under the Stars at Ashburn Village, 44078 Cheltenham Cir., Ashburn, Va.
  • 9pm: The Hunger Games (2012), the hit adaptation of the young adult novel starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young lady who volunteers to replace her sister in an annual fight to the death. Part of Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk Ave. and Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.
  • Around dusk: Fame (1980), the musical classic following a group of students in an elite New York City public school for the performing arts. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.

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