A D.C. summer favorite, Screen on the Green, returns to the National Mall tonight with “In the Heat of the Night.” Screen on the Green gives families the chance to curl up on the grass and enjoy an outdoor evening together. And it’s totally free.
Sponsor HBO had considered cutting the event a few years ago, but the D.C. Film Alliance rallied with such community support and Facebook feedback that Screen on the Green is back with gusto.
This season’s movie lineup consists of four Hollywood Classics. Films begin every Monday night at dusk. Crowds begin to arrive around 5:30 p.m., so claim a spot early. No rain dates have been scheduled; Screen on the Green is taking a cue from Hollywood and “the show must go on” even if extreme weather occurs.
The location has changed this year, but only slightly. Still on the National Mall, the movies will be seen between 8th and 14th streets, not 4th and 7th as in previous years. However, the docket and atmosphere of the evenings should remain the same.
So grab a blanket and fill up your cooler for an evening of family fun. If you bring chairs be sure they are the low-sitting or camping style. You may be asked to collapse regular lawn chairs, so others can see behind you.
2011 Screen on the Green Line-up:
July 25 – In the Heat of the Night
August 1 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
August 8 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
August 15 – Cool Hand Luke