Northwest’s Screen on the Green Lights Up Your Drab Weekday

Screen on the Green

Mercury rising: Yeah, it’s hot, but at least it’s quieter than your local theater! (borderstan via Flickr)

After coming back from the brink of obsolescence in both 2009 and 2010, Screen on the Green netted Best Film Festival in’s Best of 2011 “Best of D.C. Life” category, even though lately it’s been serving up all of four films (I think this was a poll, but I’ve not seen conclusive evidence of that fact).

We think the atmosphere has something to do with it, I mean, you’re only watching classic movies on the National Mall.

These days Screen on the Green is presented by HBO and Comcast, and each movie, save one, will be screened on a Monday. This year’s lineup features, in order, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (Monday, July 16), “It Happened One Night” (Wednesday, July 25), “From Here to Eternity” (Monday, July 30) and “Psycho” (Monday, August 6).

[ Related: Cast Your Vote for the 2012 Rosslyn Film Festival ]

This year’s Screen on the Green will take place at a new location: between 7th and 12th streets on the National Mall. Here, at sunset (around 8 p.m.), be ready to stare at a 20’ x 40’ screen (measurements provided by this fine website), kick back and relax.

Like most outdoor screenings, Screen organizers allow blankets, umbrellas, snacks, beverages and bug spray, but prohibit machine guns, knives, nunchakus, alcohol, drugs and tall chairs … basically all the good stuff … kidding, come on, can’t you take a joke?

Metro-area apartment renters are in luck, because the National Mall is accessible by Metrorail, particularly the Smithsonian stop on the Blue/Orange Line.

Unfortunately, if cancelled by inclement weather, there are no makeups. Come out and enjoy a free night on the National Mall, and pray for clear skies.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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