July 6, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT | by Brian T. Carney
Classics galore on outside movie screens throughout region
outdoor movies, gay news, Washington Blade

Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza in ‘The Little Hours.’ (Photo courtesy Gunpowder & Sky)

It’s summer in the city and outdoor movie screens have sprung up all over the Metro D.C. area. If you’re staying in the city this week, here’s a quick guide to what’s showing on screens both inside and out.

D.C. Outdoor Films (@dcoutdoorfilms) has a complete updated guide to free alfresco screenings, but here are some of the great movies that will be showing this week (as well as their Twitter handles in case of inclement weather). In D.C., check out:

Capital Riverfront (@capitolrvrfront) will be hosting “Moana” on Thursday, July 13.

Movie Nights in Chinatown Park (@dcmoapia) will also be welcoming the popular “Moana” on Wednesday, July 12.

The Dumbarton House Jane Austen Film Festival (@DumbartonHouse) will be screening the classic “Sense and Sensibility” on Wednesday, July 12. (General admission is $6.)

Georgetown Sunset Cinema (@georgetowndc) presents the evergreen “A League of their Own” on Tuesday, July 11.

The Golden Cinema Series in Farragut Park (@GoldenTriDC) will be showing the 2016 remake of “Ghostbusters” on Friday, July 7.

Library of Congress Movies on the Lawn (@librarycongress) will be offering the classic “The Princess Bride” on Thursday, July 13.

Mitchel Park Films in the Field in Kalorama brings back the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Thursday, July 13.

NoMa Summer Screen (@nomabid) offers Robin Williams in the political satire “Man of the Year” on Wednesday, July 12.

The Union Market DC Drive-In (@UnionMarketDC) welcomes Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America” on Friday, July 7. (Ground seating is free, but there is a $10 charge for drive-in parking.)

Outdoor screenings in Maryland include:

Columbia’s Lakefront Summer Festival Movies at Columbia Town Center (@ColumbiaAssn) offer three fabulous screenings this week: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” on Friday July 7, “Cars” on Monday, July 10, and, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” on Friday, July 14.

The Blairs District: Movies Under the Stars at Sonny’s Green in Silver Spring (@liveatthepearl) kicks off its season with “Captain America: Winter Soldier” on Saturday, July 8.

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac (@NationalHarbor) offer the camp classic “Mean Girls” on Thursday, July 13.

Other weeks you can also check out the great free screenings at Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park in Bel Air (@belairmainst), Bethesda Outdoor Movies (@BethesdaUP), Frederick’s Movies on Carroll Creek (@dwntwnfrederick), Hagerstown Outdoor Movies (@hagerstownparksandrecreation) and the Wine Bin in Ellicott City (@winebinec).

Meanwhile in Virginia, summer screenings are heating up at:

Summer Movies at Arlington Mill (@ArlingtonCPRO) is offering the 1987 Coen brother’s hit “Raising Arizona” on Thursday, July 13.

At Strawberry Park in the Mosaic District (@mosaicdistrict) you can see “Little Giants” on Sunday, July 9.

Outdoor Movies at Penrose Square on Columbia Pike in Arlington (@ArlingtonCPRO) brings sizzle to the screen with the original “Dirty Dancing” on Saturday, July 8.

Other summer screens in Virginia include the City of Alexandria’s screenings at Waterfront Park, the Lovettsville Movies on the Green, the Rosslyn Cinema, South Riding Movie Night and Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.

On indoor screens, queer favorites like “Wonder Woman,” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Beguiled” and “The Big Sick” are still going strong. Openings include “Spider-Man Homecoming” starring Rihanna impersonator Tom Holland, the French psychological thriller “Moka,” and the pansexual delight “The Little Hours,” a loose adaptation of Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” starring Dave Franco, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, Kathy Micucci and Aubrey Plaza as a trio of lusty nuns.

Tom Holland in ‘Spiderman Homecoming.’ (Photo courtesy Sony Pictures)

AFI Silver in downtown Silver Spring kicks off its summer programming with a number of amazing series including tributes to Lina Wertmüller, Jonathan Demme and Diana Keaton and retrospectives on Harry Potter and International Crime Cinema. The “Canada Now” series include films by gay wunderkind Xavier Dolan (“I Killed My Mother” and “It’s Only the End of the World”) and the delightful 1987 lesbian drama “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing,” the debut feature of acclaimed lesbian filmmaker Patricia Rozema.

AFI Silver also offers free outdoor screenings in August.

As part of its Summer Season, the Washington Jewish Film Festival offers an encore screening of “Fanny’s Journey” on Tuesday, July 11.

In Baltimore, summer movies are sizzling at the newly-renovated Parkway Theatre. In addition to exciting programming on three screens, the Maryland Film Festival offers a variety of special features. This week’s events include “The Shining” as part of the monthly Gunky’s Basement series on Wednesday, July 12 and “Black Girl,” the 1966 feature by acclaimed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène as part of the Free Thursdays in July program on Thursday, July 13.

Finally, the week closes with some interesting openings on Friday, July 14. Woody Harrelson battles a CGI Andy Serkis in “War for the Planet of the Apes” and two very different ghost stories come to D.C. screens: the romantic fantasy “A Ghost Story” and the documentary “City of Ghosts.”

Elle Fanning in ‘The Beguiled.’ (Photo by Ben Rothstein; courtesy Focus Features)

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