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The Show Must Go On: Free Film Screenings in Washington
Comments () | Published May 13, 2009

Starlight Cinema
Centreville’s free drive-in movie series returns for another season on Saturdays in August. The kid-friendly lineup includes Hotel for Dogs and Monsters vs. Aliens. Festivities begin at 7:30 with a pre-movie program of food, music, and children’s activities. Movies start at dark, and the gates open at 6. Screenings will be held in Centreville’s Sully District at the Trinity Office Building (5875 Trinity Pkwy.). More information is here.

Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue

July 28 through August 1, you can catch free movies in downtown Bethesda. A screen will be set up at Norfolk and Auburn avenues. The roster hasn’t been announced yet, but last year’s lineup included a mix of classics—Wizard of Oz—and more recent blockbusters such as Mission Impossible. Movies start at 9. Check for more information.

Columbia Lakefront Festival
Held on the lawn of the Columbia Town Center (10320 Little Patuxent Pkwy.), this free movie series will hold screenings on June 19, 22, 26, and 29, and July 3. Films include Transformers, Mamma Mia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and more. Movies begin at dusk and will be canceled in the event of bad weather (call 410-715-3154). For more information, click here.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Film lovers, clear your schedule for the third week of August: The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival returns to Strathmore for a week of free movies. They include recent hits such as The Dark Knight (August 15) and Slumdog Millionaire (August 20) plus Kung Fu Panda (August 16) and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (August 21) for the kids. The event is free, but donations to NIH children’s charities will be accepted. The festival starts on August 14 and has daily screenings at 8:15 through August 21. The grounds open at 6:30. Get the full roster here.

Hopkins Summer Outdoor Films
If you’re in Baltimore on a Friday night this June or July, swing by Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University for live music and a free outdoor film. The series kicks off June 12 with Hairspray and wraps up July 24 with Ghostbusters. Music starts at 7:30, and the film begins just after sunset. Click here for the full lineup.

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