Screen on the Green
If you find yourself in Washington, D.C. in the summertime, you know how hot it can be during the day. Well, nighttime can cool off a bit, making it a great place to engage in all sorts of fun outdoor activities. One of the niftiest things to do when the sun goes down is head on over to the National Mall on a Monday night and watch a classic movie on a huge screen. And that’s what “Screen on the Green” is all about. It takes place on four consecutive Monday nights in July and August where thousands of people, blankets and picnic dinners in hand, descend on the Mall. While the films don’t start until 8:30 or 9:00, the masses gather around 5:00 to ensure a good spot.
The 2013 “Screen on the Green” line-up is a good one. On July 22, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” will be playing. The 1982 Steven Spielberg movie tells the tale of a young boy named Elliott and the Reese’s Pieces-eating extra-terrestrial he comes to know and love. One week later, on July 29, audiences will get to see Sally Field in “Norma Rae,” which deals with labor union battles in a factory in a small North Carolina town. The August 5 flick is “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as the revered candy man who gives five children a chance to tour his delicious factory. And finally, on August 12, out of work actor Dustin Hoffman dons a dress to get a job on a popular soap opera in “Tootsie.” More details about this sizzling summer event, including transportation and parking, are available at http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Screengreen.htm.