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Georgetown Adds an Outdoor Summer Movie Series

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of St. Elmo's Fire.

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In case the many previously announced outdoor movie-screening series around Washington didn’t reach enough neighborhoods, the Georgetown Business Improvement District announced Friday that it, too, will offer a cycle. The “Georgetown Sunset Cinema” will take place Tuesday evenings in Georgetown Waterfront Park for five weeks beginning July 7, with films, a press release states, either “filmed in or inspired by Georgetown.”

The lineup:

  • July 7: St. Elmo’s Fire
  • July 14: State of Play
  • July 21: No Way Out
  • July 28: Burn After Reading
  • August 4: To be announced

The four films named so far have unique connections to the tony neighborhood: St. Elmo’s Fire—which star Rob Lowe wants everyone to know marks its 30th anniversary today—follows a group of bored and horny Georgetown University grads; State of Play begins with the shooting of a thief and a pizza delivery man in the neighborhood; No Way Out, which was filmed mostly in Baltimore, features a non-existent Georgetown Metro station; and Burn After Reading features a Georgetown resident burying a hatchet in Richard Jenkins’s face. All four titles were also contenders in our Most Washington Movie Ever bracket.

To get you refreshed, watch the music video for the second-greatest 1980s movie theme song, John Parr‘s “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion).”

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.