Photo courtesy Friends of Harrison Recreation Center

From an email:

“Friends of Harrison Recreation Center and the U Street Neighborhood Association are proud to present the last two movies of the 2016 U Street Movie Series – Harrison Field Under the Stars. This FREE summer movie series celebrates the musical and culturally diverse roots of the Greater U Street Corridor. Please join us for these events, which benefit Harrison Recreation Center.

We are showing Frozen sing-along on Saturday, September 12th at a special family-friendly showing at 7:15 pm. Gates will open at 6:30, and we’ll be playing tunes for the kids.

We are ending the 2016 series with The Wiz on Wednesday, September 16th at 8pm. Gates open at 7 pm, and we will be playing some tunes.

WHO: Admission is free and donations are always welcome and appreciated
WHAT: TWO FREE outdoor movies
Frozen sing-along, Saturday, September 12th
The Wiz, Wednesday, September 16th

Gates open 6:30 for Frozen and 7 pm for The Wiz, with music playing before film begins.

WHERE: Harrison Recreation Center – 1330 V St. NW”

1529 16th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Marking seventy years since the Allied victory over the Nazis, the Washington DCJCC (1529 16th Street NW) will be hosting a series of film screenings on Sunday, August 16. The critically acclaimed series, which includes four gripping films set around the Second World War, is a product of BBC Worldwide North America and each motion picture is based on a true story. (more…)

807 V Street, NW

Psyched to see some progress for the movie theater coming next door to the 9:30 Club.

A liquor license placard says:

“The facility will operate as a high-end theatre with a café, serving patrons a variety of food offerings, including local specialties and spirits. Summer Garden seating for 14, Total Occupancy Load of 420 and seating for 369 inside.”


It’s interesting to note that even these huge developments get smacked with “vacant property” delinquent tax notice stickers:


Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

From Friends of Screen on the Green:

“Join us for the second feature film of this year’s Screen on the Green summer festival, The Poseidon Adventure, tonight on the National Mall.

A classic disaster movie with a memorable cast led by Gene Hackman, this film follows the fateful journey of the Poseidon, an ocean liner larger than the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary combined, on its New Year’s Eve voyage. When a tidal wave slams into the vessel and it capsizes, the survivors journey through the upside-down ship in an attempt to survive. You won’t want to miss this action adventure story!

The movie will begin at sunset on a huge 20’x40′ screen on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets NW – RAIN OR SHINE! We suggest you arrive early to claim your spot and bring snacks to share with friends.

Join us next Monday at sundown for Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in Desk Set. He’s an efficiency expert and she’s a marketing genius whose job is threatened by his super computer. Talk about a complicated office romance!”


From an email:

“As you might know, part of the new Sharknado movie takes place in DC.
Here are the details:

What: Sharknado 3 viewing party

Where: Mission Dupont [1606 20th Street, NW]
When: 8:30pm Wednesday July 22nd, movie starts at 9pm
Why: Celebrate the fantasy while helping to improve the reality!  $1 from every purchase of a “Shark & Stormy” cocktail goes to support Shark Advocates International, a project of The Ocean Foundation.”


From a press release:

The first new cinema complex to be developed in the southeast quadrant of the District of Columbia will be located at The Yards. The lease signing by Showplace Icon Theaters was announced today by Forest City Washington, master developer of The Yards.

The 16-screen, all-digital, premium cinema complex with approximately 1,500 seats will occupy 66,400 SF in a new building to be constructed on a site that is currently used by DC Water on N Place SE, one block east of the Washington Nationals’ ballpark at the western edge of The Yards. Each theater in the new Showplace Icon at The Yards will feature wall-to-wall screens and premium sound, deluxe leather recliner seats and reserved seating. The facility will also have exclusive VIP levels with adults-only access and tables for enjoying food and beverages inside the auditoriums. The theatre’s Lobby Lounge will feature a full bar, along with a tasty menu of appetizers, small plates, snacks and desserts for enjoying before, during or after the show. Showplace Icon at The Yards will also have its own integrated parking garage with 320 spaces, a premium convenience factor for cinema patrons.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 with opening projected for early 2018. Forest City has finalized a deal with the District of Columbia through the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development to acquire additional parcels that are adjacent to The Yards site along First Street SE. DC Water operations currently on those sites are to be relocated. The theatre construction start is dependent upon DC Water’s timetable for vacating that portion of the property.

“Showplace Icon will add an exciting new facet of high-end, cinematic entertainment to The Yards,” said Forest City President Deborah Ratner Salzberg. “It has been a complicated process to get this project to this point and we thank Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, the DC Government and DC Water for the wonderful cooperation and patience they have shown throughout this process,” she added.

This latest addition announced for The Yards comes as construction on the project’s third residential building is nearing completion. Arris, a 327-unit luxury apartment community located nearby at Fourth and Tingey Streets SE, will welcome its first residents in early 2016. Pre-leasing will begin this fall. Arris will also bring another 19,000 SF of street-level retail space to this growing waterfront neighborhood in the Capitol Riverfront district.
Across Fourth Street SE from Arris, construction is expected to begin in spring 2016 on a three- building residential project that will bring the first for-sale units to The Yards via a 140-unit condo building to be developed by PN Hoffman. Concurrent with that development, Forest City will develop a two-building, 190-unit apartment community. Both projects are expected to be completed by spring 2018.

The dining scene at The Yards continues to grow, as well. The latest concept from DC restaurateur Bo Blair‘s Georgetown Events is well under construction in the Lumber Shed on Water Street at Third Street SE. To be known as Due South, the new restaurant will feature a menu of southern-style cuisine when it opens this summer. In addition, a construction permit was issued recently for Nicoletta Pizzeria, a popular NYC pizza operation from Osteria Morini’s Chef Michael White. Nicoletta will operate its carryout service from two of the riverfront retail spaces beneath the overlook area in Yards Park.”

2301 M Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I thought you might like to know that Landmark Theatres has leased the former West End Cinema space and that they plan to reopen the theater on July 17. They have a sign on the window of the cinema and they are currently hiring new staff (they placed on ad in craigslist).”

Ed. Note: Thanks to everyone else who tweeted and emailed us.



From a press release:

“On Tuesday nights starting July 7, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) kicks off Georgetown Sunset Cinema, Georgetown’s first-ever outdoor movie experience, through August 4. The inaugural slate features movies filmed in or inspired by Georgetown, Washington’s oldest and most iconic neighborhood. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge.


WHEN: Every Tuesday, July 7 through August 4. Movies begin at sunset; arrive at 7 p.m. for best seating and giveaways.

WHAT: FREE outdoor movies series hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID).


July 7 St. Elmo’s Fire (Rated R)
July 14 State of Play (Rated PG-13)
July 21 No Way Out (Rated R)
July 28 Burn After Reading (Rated R)
Aug. 4 TBA

WHERE: Georgetown Waterfront Park at the intersection of K/Water Street and Cecil Place, NW.”