Summertime, and the outdoor movie watching is easy. Screen on the Green has finally released its summer movie schedule, and we've got the details. Never been? Screen on the Green features classic films on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets, and will start tonight with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Check below for the schedule and how to have a great evening while watching the free films.
The roster kicks off with the Richard Dreyfuss classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind on July 20. Subsequent screenings are as follows:
• July 27: Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino
• August 3: On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden
• August 10: Rebel Without a Cause, starring Natalie Wood and James Dean
For those new to the practice of sprawling out on the Mall, it might seem everyone else is more prepared than you: unpacking delicious spreads of goodies when you forgot to buy dinner or leaning back in comfy lawn chairs when you’re without even a blanket. But don’t get jealous—there are some easy ways to better enjoy the show.
1. A blanket is a must, but if you don’t want to invest in, or carry around, chairs—low chairs, mind you—then a pillow is key to being able to lounge and still see the screen.
2. Arriving anywhere from one to three hours before the show is part of the experience—spots front and center go to the early birds—so aside from enjoying a picnic dinner, bringing a deck of cards is a good way to make the time fly.
3. For those who forget to bring food, concession stands around the Mall sell snacks such as French fries and ice cream; $3 gets you a lemon or raspberry Italian ice.
4. After eating, wet naps and bug spray will make all the difference when the sun goes down.
5. Plan to stay late—the show doesn’t start until after sunset, around 8:30 PM these days.