Free Washington Area Outdoor Films for Families

On the lineup at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore: "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." Looking for something a little more retro? The schedule includes "Singin' in the Rain."
On the lineup at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore: "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." Looking for something a little more retro? The schedule includes "Singin' in the Rain." (Dreamworks Animation)
Friday, July 17, 2009

As most of us now know, the Screen lives! (See a list of the schedule.) But in addition to the must-be-summer Screen on the Green, there are several outdoor opportunities for families to grab a free film in the great outdoors. Picnics, blankets and dressing of young children in their pjs encouraged.

The movies are a nice mix of toddler-to-teen friendly. So grab the bug spray and prepare to create some nice summer memories.

-- Jessica McFadden

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

Enjoy family comedies from the '80s including "The Karate Kid" and "Ghostbusters." Play nostalgia games and win prizes before the show. The movies screen Fridays at dusk until Sept. 4. Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge, Rosslyn. http://www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/film-festival.

Crystal Screen Outdoor Film Festival

Superheroes is the theme of the films, including the "Superman" and "Batman" series, screening Mondays at sundown through Sept. 21. 18th and Bell streets, Crystal City. Free garage parking is available at designated Crystal City garages after 4 p.m. Also, each movie will be shown again every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for those little ones who can't stay up past dark. Enjoy the flick in the air conditioning on the third floor of the Crystal City Sports Pub, at 529 S. 23rd St. http://www.crystalcity.org.

'Screen on the Lot' at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring

Two PG-13 films ("Transformers" and "Iron Man") will be presented on a large outdoor screen in the Pyramid Atlantic parking lot for midweek midsummer night's fun, Wednesday and Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. http://www.silverspringdowntown.com/event/screen-on-the-lot-outdoor-movies.

Columbia's Lakefront Summer Festival

For much of the summer, Columbia offers two nights of outdoor movies weekly. Mondays are for young children, with films including "Babe" and "Curious George." On Fridays, watch for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Get Smart." Both are at 8:30 p.m. until Aug. 28. After that, several movies, including "Enchanted," "Ratatouille" and "Monsters, Inc." are shown on various days until Sept. 19. Columbia Town Center, 10320 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. http://www.lakefrontfestival.com.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival In Alexandria

Come early for food vendors; stay for "Twilight" tonight and "Kung Fu Panda" Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; park gates open at 7 p.m. Ben Brenman Park, 5000 Duke St., Alexandria. http://www.alexandriafilmfest.com.

Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue

One week of favorites that should be of particular appeal to teens, including "Grease" and "Mamma Mia!" Limited seating, but attendees can bring lawn chairs, July 28 through Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn avenues, Bethesda. http://www.bethesda.org.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival At Strathmore

A week of current and retro flicks can be watched from the lush lawn of tbe Strathmore performing arts center in Bethesda. Offerings include "Singin' in the Rain" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." Food sales benefit local charities, Aug. 14 through Aug. 21 at 8:10 p.m.; gates open at 6:30 p.m. Located immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. http://www.filmfestnih.org.


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