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Outdoor movie festivals are quickly becoming the viewing environment of choice for those who hate air conditioning. The sheer number of under-the-stars screens affords the opportunity to catch films both classic and camp, and there’s a free sunset showing nearly every day of the week. We’ve noted the can’t-miss screenings; check the websites for full schedules and policies regarding weather, food, dogs and seating.


Family Movie Sundays at National Harbor
Animated Academy Awards, Family Knows Best, Musicals, 007
Don’t Miss: “Annie” on July 27. In preparation for the remake out this summer, familiarize yourself with the original lil’ orphan and her eternal dreaming of tomorrow.
National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md.; Sundays through Sept. 1.


Crystal Screen
Theme: In Flight
Don’t Miss: “Top Gun” on June 30. This aviation classic takes us back to 1986, before Tom Cruise got all weird.
1851 S. Bell St., Arlington; Mondays through Aug. 25; crystalcity.org. (Crystal City)


Family Film Night at Sursum Corda
Unlikely Friendships
Don’t Miss: The July 8 showing of “Frozen” will not only take your mind off the D.C. heat, but there’s a good chance it’ll be an impromptu sing-along show.
Sursum Corda, L and First streets NW; June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5; nomabid.org.


NoMa Summer Screen
Unlikely Friendships
Don’t Miss: “Clueless” on July 2. Relive 1995 with Amy Heckerling’s hilarious, modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Emma.”
The field at Second and L streets NE; Wednesdays through Aug. 20; nomabid.org. (NoMA-Gallaudet U)


Canal Park Thursday Movies
Theme: It’s a Whole New Ball Game
Don’t Miss: “Rudy” on Aug. 7. It’s right up there with “Brian’s Song” on the list of Football Movies That Make Tough Guys Cry.
Canal Park, 202 M St. SE; Thursdays through Sept. 11; capitolriverfront.org. (Navy Yard)


Rosslyn Summer Film Festival
Theme: Movies About Work
Don’t Miss: 1980’s “9 to 5” on Aug. 1. Three women, including Dolly Parton, below, take revenge on their sexist boss for doing things like paying women less than men. Look how far we’ve come!
Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington; Fridays through Aug. 22; rosslynva.org. (Rosslyn)

All at once

Bethesda does its outdoor film series a little bit different: a binge of five films, and the only theme seems to be “awesomeness.” This year they’ve got “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Citizen Kane,” “Pitch Perfect” and “Top Gun.” That’s some cultural whiplash right there.
Woodmont Triangle, 4809 Auburn Ave., Bethesda; July 22-26; bethesda.org.

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