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Washington DC Area Film Festivals

Updated on July 4, 2013

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area AND love films... then this is the lens for you!

The Washington, D.C. area offers film festivals for all sorts of film lovers. They range from themed outdoor film festivals, such as Screen on the Green, to family-friendly movies for the younger set, such as the Summer Cinema Camp.

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This Week's Featured Films - If the weather outside is frightful or you just want to watch a movie from the comfort from home...

Family Friendly Movies In Fairfax, Virginia

Cheap movies... air conditioned theater... buttered popcorn... what else could you ask for?

One of the best places to catch a family-friendly flick during the dog days of summer is the University Mall Theatres, located near the George Mason University campus at 10659 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032.

This week's movie (July 1 - July 5) is Madagascar, rated PG. Check out the IMDB parental guide for Madagascar here.

All seats for the Summer Cinema Camp are $2. You can purchase 10 tickets for $15. University Mall Theatres offers a season pass for only $11. All movies are shown Monday - Friday and start promptly at 10AM.

Outdoor Film Festival - Rosslyn, VA

Summer School

The next movie shown at the Outdoor Film Festival in Rosslyn, VA is:

Bring It On

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and Gabrielle Union

The Toro cheerleading squad from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain (Kirsten Dunst), the Toros' road to total cheer glory takes a shady turn when she discovers that their perfectly-choreographed routines were in fact stolen.

According to

Gateway Park is located at the foot of Key Bridge at 1300 Lee Highway, two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro. After 6:00 p.m., parking is available for $3 across Lee Highway at the Atlantic Parking Garage on Moore Street, next to Continental.

Movies are shown rain or shine. However, movies will be canceled for severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds.

Note: Alcohol consumption is not permitted in Gateway Park.

Movie information is provided by, a free and community maintained movie database.

Summer Movie Express (for kids)

The younger set can enjoy a great movie, too!

Regal Entertainment Group sponsors the Summer Movie Express for young movie fans, as well as those that are young at heart :-) During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

I checked the listings for the theaters closest to where I live in Northern Virginia, and most offer the same schedule. Upcoming movies are listed below.

Note: Each of the links listed in the table below will take you to the Parental Guide for that particular movie on IMDB.


Movie 1

Movie 2

7/9 - 7/10

Mr. Poppers' Penguins (PG)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)

Check out another lens of mine, Things to Do with Kids in Northern Virginia, for more fun activities for kids!

Screen on the Green

Watch Your Favorite Flicks on the National Mall

Screen on the Green, sponsored by HBO and Comcast, returns to the National Mall for the 15th summer. This year's films include:

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Monday, July 22)
  • Norma Rae (Monday, July 29)
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Monday, August 5)
  • Tootsie (Monday, August 12)

The movie screen will be setup between 7th and 12th Streets NW on the National Mall. For more information, visit Friends of Screen on the Green See you on the Mall this summer!

Crystal Screen


Full writeup coming soon.

In the meantime, please visit Crystal Screen: Blockbusters for more details.

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 5 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Nice lens

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Summer is full of film festivals and most of them offer really good production.