DC Summer Outdoor Movie Guide

Last Updated: June 10, 2016

Georgetown Sunset Cinema
Georgetown BID is hosting the neighborhood’s second annual movie series on Tuesdays July 5 through August 2. In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this year, the series will feature iconic movies filmed in and featuring national parks and monuments across the country.  The movies will be shown at the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park, a national park managed by the NPS. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to the waterfront to view films with the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. The five-week series will make a stop in each decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. Films start at sunset (around 8:30 p.m.), arrive early to picnic and to get the best seating.

July 5 – Planet of the Apes

July 12 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

July 19 – E.T. the Extraterrestrial

July 26 – Thelma & Louise

August 2 – Into the Wild

NoMa Summer Screen
NoMa Summer Screen is a free, 13-week outdoor film series held at NoMa Junction at Story Park (1005 First Street NE)  every Wednesday through August 24. Before the show, enjoy  music, giveaways, food trucks, and picnicking. Movies start at dark and are screened with subtitles. Bring your blankets, frisbees, coolers, and dogs (on a leash) for some good times with friends and neighbors under the stars. This year’s theme is “Choose your own Adventure,” and features special family film nights. Check out the line-up and available food trucks for each night:

June 15 – Guardians of the Galaxy

June 22 – Jumanji

June 29 – Fast Five

July 6 – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

July 13 – Life of Pi

July 20 – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

July 27 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

August 3 – Apollo 13

August 10 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

August 17 – Jurassic Park

August 24 – Rain Date, film TBD

Family Film Night:
June 21 – Home
July 19 – Up
August 16 – Zootopia

Golden Cinema Series
Join your friends at Farragut Square to relax after a work week and enjoy DC-themed movies with preshow activities. Do some shopping and grab dinner to bring along from an area restaurant and enjoy Golden Cinema Specials at select restaurants and retailers, check out the website for a list of participating locations. This summer’s line up is:

June 10 – Dave

June 17 – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

June 24 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

July 1 – Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

June 8 – Clear and Present Danger

July 15 – Manchurian Candidate

July 22 – National Treasure: Book of Secrets

July 29 & August 5 – Rain Dates

Union Market Drive-In
The Union Market Drive-In is back for featuring monthly movies July-October. Movies begin at 8 p.m. (the lot opens at 6 p.m.) and are free for walkers & bikers, $10 tickets are needed for cars.

July 1 – Top Gun

August 5 – Ratatouille 

Sept 2 – Grease

Oct 7 – Ghostbusters

Capitol Riverfront Movie Series
Capitol Riverfront’s Thursday Night Movies returns to Canal Park at Navy Yard from June through August. Movies, starting at sundown, were selected or inspired by public demand. Arrive early to save your spot, bring a picnic, and enjoy the show.

June 16 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

June 23 – Hitch

June 30 –  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

July 7 –  Mean Girls

July 14 – Jurassic World

July 21 – Minions

July 28 – Creed

August 4 – Pitch Perfect 2

August 11 – The Martian

August 18 – Skyfall

August 25 – Rain Date

Mount Vernon Square Movie Nights
New this year, enjoy outdoor movies on the grounds of the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, hosted by Washington City Paper and Events DC.

July 19 – Ghostbusters

July 30 – Bridesmaids

August 2 – Back to the Future

August 9 – The Princess Bride

U Street Movie Series: Harrison Field Under the Stars
Held at Harrison Field (1330 V St NW), the U Street Movie Series features four films, and on September 17 enjoy Family Fun Day at the recreation center pre-showtime.

July 20 – Life of a King

August 17 – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Sept 17  – Finding Nemo

Sept 21 – The War Room

Mitchell Park Films in the Field
The Friends of Mitchell Park host outdoor films at the park this summer, located just north of Dupont Circle (S & 23rd Street, NW)

July 21 – To Kill a Mockingbird (8:30 p.m.)

August 18 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (8 p.m.)

Sept 9 – Ghostbusters (7 p.m.)

Films at the Stone
Films at the Stone debuts this year as the only outdoor film fest taking place at a memorial on the National Mall. Films displaying the best of human strength, love, and courage will be shown at the MLK Jr. Memorial, starting at 8:15 p.m.

June 23 – Fly By Light

July 21 – Zootopia

August 25 – Race

Events DC Movie Nights
Events DC is hosting a movie series at Gateway DC, an innovative open-air and covered pavilion in Congress Heights (2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd SE).

June 29 – The Good Dinosaur

July 6 – Star Wars The Force Awakens

July 13 – Aladdin

July 20 – Minions

July 27 – Jurassic World


  • Scott

    Is screen on the green happening this year?

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