HBO’s Screen on the Green cancelled for 2009

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‘Screen on the Green – Movies Under the Sky – 7-14-08’
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HBO has cancelled the long-running Screen on the Green program for 2009, according to a representative from HBO’s consumer affairs department.

Reader TJ tipped us that we should look into this; someone at the National Mall permits desk told him HBO was no longer sponsoring the event. A call to the hotline at 877-262-5866 still yielded the old 2008 schedule, but if you stay on the line all the way through you can get connected to consumer affairs. Representative Melana confirmed for me that the program had been cancelled. No word on if it will return.

UPDATE: If you’re looking for a replacement outdoor screening option Katie wrote about two happening just across the river in Crystal City and Rosslyn, both metro-accessible.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


24 thoughts on “HBO’s Screen on the Green cancelled for 2009

  1. Oh no! I wonder why? Of course, it’s been 8 years or so since I attended one … maybe others had the same issue.

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  5. Is there anyone we can contact about this???? Why are they cancelling the one on the Mall me and at least 100 of my friends look forward to it each year. We go to every movie!

  6. You can call the toll-free number above and ask for consumer affairs when the operator comes on at the end. Whether they’ll care I can’t tell you but you can certainly express your disappointment.

  7. No!! This was my favorite summer activity in DC! Is it cancelled completely or just HBO won’t be hosting it anymore but someone else will? Maybe they need a government bailout!

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  14. First Shakespeare at Carter Barron, now Screen on the Green. My two annual “must do” outdoor DC events gone. Poof into thin air. As with everything else we enjoy that disappears, it’s about money.

    Rock Creek Park is a national shame, Metro is a transit mismanagement poster child, and our professional baseball experiment is a taxpayer-funded business horror film in which not even the wealthy potential patrons are interested.

    With DC taxpayers getting squeezed for more and more money, a totally self-serving DC Council and a surprisingly obnoxious, narcissistic mayor, after 10 years, I’m ready to move on. DC’s value as a place to live is going down faster than the economy.

    Suggestions for my next place to live ??

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