Summer 2012 Guide to Outdoor Movies

Photo courtesy of Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie
courtesy of Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie

Summertime in the city–the daylight lasts longer, the outfits get shorter and the city has so many things to offer you outdoors. We’ve rounded up the outdoor movies in the DC area and put them into one comprehensive guide. Break out the popcorn and blankets and get ready to see what films are rolling this summer.

Washington, DC:

Screen on the Green
Where: On the National Mall, between 7th and 12th streets, NW
When: Begins at sunset
Movie Lineup:

Monday, July 16th: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Wednesday, July 25th: It Happened One Night
Monday, July 30th: From Here to Eternity
Monday, August 6th: Psycho

Follow @SOTGinDC for updates and more information.

Capitol Riverfront Movies
Where: Tingey Plaza (behind U.S. Department of Transportation), New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Streets, SE
8:45 PM/Sundown
Movie Lineup:
Thursday, June 14: National Treasure
Thursday, June 21: The Goonies
Thursday, June 28: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Thursday, July 5: City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
Thursday, July 12: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Thursday, July 19: The Da Vinci Code
Thursday, July 26:  Muppet Treasure Island

Follow @CapitolRvrFront for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kevin H.
Screen on the Green DC 2010
courtesy of Kevin H.

Washington, DC (continued):

U Street Movie Series
Where: Harrison Fields/Harrison Recreation Center, 1330 V Street, NW (between 13th and 14th Streets, NW)
Dusk (Last year’s lineup started at 7 PM)
Movie Lineup:

Wednesday, June 27: DC Cab
Wednesday, July 25: Protocol
Wednesday, August 22: The American President
Wednesday, September 26: The Pelican Brief

NoMa Summer Screen
Where: Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L Streets, NE
7 PM/Films start at dark
Movie Lineup:
NoMa’s theme for the summer: “Is 2012: The End of the World?”
Wednesday, June 13: Shaun of the Dead
Wednesday, June 20: Wall-E
Wednesday, June 27: Ghostbusters
Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day
Wednesday, July 11: Red Dawn
Wednesday, July 18: War Games
Wednesday, July 25: The Incredibles
Wednesday, August 1: Jurassic Park: The Lost World
Wednesday, August 8: Deep Impact

Follow @NoMaBID for more information. NoMa Summer Screen features various food trucks and vendors, as well as music before the films start. Children and “friendly dogs” are welcome at the NoMa Summer Screen.

Columbia Heights has yet to announce their 2012 summer lineup.

Photo courtesy of Kevin H.
Day 250/365 – Modern Day Drive-In
courtesy of Kevin H.


Crystal Screen
Where: 1850 Bell Street, Arlington, VA (By the Crystal City Metro Station)
Movie Lineup: Crystal Screen’s theme for 2012 is the “Rom Com.” Might want to bring tissues to a view of these.
Monday, June 18: Sweet Home Alabama
Monday, July 2: Hitch
Monday, July 9: Sleepless in Seattle
Monday, July 16: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Monday, July 23: The Proposal
Monday, July 30: You’ve Got Mail
Monday, August 6: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Monday, August 13: Pretty Woman
Monday, August 20: Love Actually
Monday, August 27: When Harry Met Sally

Follow @CCBID for more information.

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival
Where: Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA (N Lynn Street and Lee Highway)
When: Sunset/dusk
Movie Lineup: Rosslyn’s summer films theme is “Friday Night is Election Night.”
Friday, June 15: Primary Colors
Friday, June 22: My Fellow Americans
Friday, June 29: Dick
Friday, July 6: The American President
Friday, July 13: All the President’s Men
Friday, July 20: Dave
Friday, July 27: Swing Vote
Friday, August 3: Head of State
Friday, August 10: Man of the Year
Friday, August 17: Wag the Dog
Friday, August 24: Canadian Bacon

Follow @RosslynVA for more information. The films will play rain or shine, and you can head over early for games and prizes.

Comcast Alexandria Filmfest
Where: Waterfront Park, Strand Street between King and Prince Streets, Alexandria, VA
When: Sunset
Movie Lineup:
Friday, July 13: Mission Impossible
Saturday, July 14: We Bought a Zoo

Cinema Del Ray
Where: Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA
When: 7 PM, movies start at dusk
Movie Lineup:
Saturday, June 16: Tangled
Saturday, July 21: Cars
Saturday, August 18: Dolphin Tale

No pets are allowed at Cinema Del Ray.

Photo courtesy of erin m

courtesy of erin m


Bethesda Outdoor Movies
Where: Woodmont Triangle, Intersection of Norfolk and Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD
July 24-28, 9 PM
Movie Lineup:

Tuesday, July 24: Stand By Me
Wednesday, July 25: Vertigo
Thursday, July 26: The Muppets
Friday, July 27: Crazy Stupid Love
Saturday, July 28: Hugo

Rockville Movies on the Square
Where: 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD
When: 8:45 PM
Movie Lineup:
Wednesday, June 13 – The Muppets
Wednesday, June 20 – Footloose
Wednesday, June 27 – Dolphin Tale
Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day
Wednesday, July 11 – Soul Surfer
Wednesday, July 18 – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Wednesday, July 25 – Miracle
Wednesday, August 1 – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Wednesday, August 8 – Cars 2
Wednesday, August 15 – The Last Lions
Wednesday, August 22 – Moneyball

Follow @Rockvilletownsq for more information. Blankets and lawn chairs permitted, but no coolers or outside food are allowed.

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac
Where: National Harbor Plaza, Waterfront Street, Fort Washington, MD
When: Sunset
Movie Lineup: This summer’s theme at the National Harbor is “Hollywood Meets the Potomac.”
Friday, June 15: Pelican Brief
Sunday, June 17: Smurfs
Friday, June 22: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Sunday, June 24: Puss in Boots
Friday, July 6: National Lampoon’s European Vacation
Sunday, July 8: Soul Surfer
Friday, July 13: Dirty Dancing
Sunday, July 15: Flipper
Friday, July 20: The Bucket List
Sunday, July 22: Miracle
Friday, July 27: RV
Sunday, July 29: Happy Feet 2
Friday, August 3: The American President
Sunday, August 5: All Dogs go to Heaven
Friday, August 10: Air Force One
Sunday, August 12: Hotel for Dogs
Friday, August 17: Chasing Liberty
Sunday, August 19: Beethoven
Friday, August 24: Dave
Sunday, August, 26: My Dog Skip
Friday, August 31: Man of the Year
Sunday, September 2: Homeward Bound
Friday, September 7: Space Balls
Friday, September 14: Space Cowboys
Friday, September 21: Apollo 13
Friday, September 28: Star Trek

Follow @nationalharbor for more information. Coolers with food or alcoholic beverages aren’t permitted.

NIH Comcast Film Festival has yet to announce their movie lineup, but they’ve announced dates: August 23-25.

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at)

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  1. If you’d like to see these in a Google calendar (along with some locations that are missing, like Columbia) see the non-profit DCOutdoorFilms site: