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Screen on the Green 2014 in Washington DC

Free Outdoor Movies at the National Mall


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Screen on the Green is a favorite Washington, DC summer tradition. Bring a blanket to the National Mall on a warm night and watch a classic film on a gigantic movie screen. Films are shown on Monday nights beginning at dusk, around 8:30-9:00 p.m. People start to claim their spots on the lawn as early as 5 p.m. Movies play except in extreme weather and there are no rain days.

Screen on the Green 2014

Dates: Mondays, July 21 - August  11, 2014.

Movie Schedule

  • July 21 – The Karate Kid (1984) Rated PG. Bullied high-school student Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) recently transferred to southern California from New Jersey.  Taken under the wing of an elderly handyman, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), he is taught discipline (by painting fences and waxing cars?) and self-defense through Karate.  In the feel-good finale, the Jersey boy gets to kick some bully butt.
  • July 28 – Lover Come Back (1961) No Rating. After the phenomenal success of "Pillow Talk," Doris Day and Rock Hudson (and best buddy Tony Randall) were teamed up for another frothy romantic-comedy.  Doris and Rock played competing Madison Avenue ad executives, willing to stoop as low as need be to score clients.  Oscar-nominated for story/screenplay, this battle of the sexes features loads of innuendo and plenty of tension as to the keeping of Doris's virtue intact.
  • August 4 – Key Largo (1948) No Rating. Maxwell Anderson wrote the play that inspired this claustrophobic suspense tale of a WWII vet forced into a confrontation with a ruthless gangster and his gang.  It all plays out at a seedy Florida hotel during hurricane season.
  • August 11 – A Soldier's Story (1984) Rated PG. This tense murder-mystery is set on a Louisiana military base in the 1940's.  An unpopular sergeant has turned up dead and a black army lawyer from up north leads the inquiry.  Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, it was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and for the performance of Adolph Caesar.  Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington star.  Shot in Arkansas, then governor Bill Clinton provided soldiers from the state's National Guard as extras.


National Mall
Between 7th and 12th Streets
Washington DC.

Transportation and Parking

The best way to get to the National Mall is by Metro. The closest stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and L'Enfant Plaza. Public parking is very limited in this part of the city. On-street parking in Washington, DC is restricted during the evening rush hour. Read more about parking near the National Mall. Please note that Metro closes at its regular time at midnight and you should plan your trip accordingly.

Screen on the Green Hotline: 1-877-262-5866

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