In its three years, NoMa Summer Screen has shown films about the future, music and even James Bond. But perhaps no theme is more appropriate for a film series in this neighborhood north of Union Station than this year’s “Trains!” That’s right, every Wednesday evening this summer, beginning this Wednesday and ending Aug. 3, bring your blanket to the vacant lot on L Street NE between Second and Third streets for a screening of a train-related flick.
Before the screening, starting at 7 p.m., you can grab a bite from a variety of vendors, including the Sweetgreen food truck, Kool Kidz Italian Ice and barbecue purveyors Smokin’ Somethin’ (BBQ seitan is available for vegetarians). Team up to play a round of badminton or Nerf football and mingle. Then, about 9 p.m., after the sun sets against the backdrop of the rail yards, settle in for one of the following free films (for complete list of films and vendors, visit www.nomasummerscreen.com):
Wednesday: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” the popular retelling of Homer’s “Odyssey,” set in the Deep South during the Depression. Starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson.
May 25: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the third film in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones franchise, starring Harrison Ford.
June 1: “Stand by Me,” the 1986 coming-of-age film about four boys.
June 8: “North by Northwest,” the Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.
June 15: “Slumdog Millionaire,” the Academy Award-winning drama about a young boy who wins the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
June 22: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” the 1969 western with Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as Sundance.
June 29: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” John Hughes’s story of a Thanksgiving sojourn that highlights comic duo Steve Martin and the late John Candy.
July 6: “Ghostbusters,” with Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray as the beloved ghost-zappers.
July 13: “The Darjeeling Limited,” a film about three brothers (Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody) who reunite on a train to India with the goal of finding their mother.
July 20: “Some Like It Hot,” the famous 1959 comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, about two musicians who dress as women to escape the mob.
July 27: “Taking of Pelham 123,” the 2009 thriller about the hijacking of a New York City subway train, starring John Travolta and Denzel Washington.
Aug. 3: “The Incredibles,” the popular animated film about a family of superheroes who come to the rescue after leaving behind their too-normal lives.