Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley
From Friends of Screen on the Green:
About this time in 2009, when we learned that Screen on the Green might be canceled, we took action. Through email and hyperlocal social media campaigning, we demonstrated how important Screen on the Green was to the DC community. We held a big event at the Spy Museum, with tuxedos and gowns, and succeeded in saving our beloved summer event. In 2010, we took to Facebook and Twitter and again shared our love for Screen on the Green and it’s importance as an indelible landmark event of summer in the District of Columbia. Both times, you helped us save SOTG.
It has been 7 years since, and we’ve had some good times and great movies on the Mall. DC has seen dozens of other outdoor movie series pop up around town. Still, you selected Screen on the Green as “Best Outdoor Film Series” in Washington City Paper’s 2016 “Best of DC” reader awards.
Today we share some sad news: HBO and Comcast have decided to discontinue hosting Screen on the Green in DC, effective this summer.
According to their public statement, “HBO is very proud of our 17 years of Screen on the Green on the Mall. Unfortunately, this year we have decided to move on and place our resources elsewhere. We thank everyone that has assisted and attended for their many years of support.”
Our organization has reached out to leadership at the Trust for the National Mall to explore opportunities to collaborate and possibly find new sponsors who can help continue this iconic tradition. We will keep you informed of any changes.
In the meantime, please email [email protected] if you have other thoughts and ideas. Also, please tag and share your favorite memories of Screen on the Green on our Facebook page. On Twitter, tweet us at @SOTGinDC and use #SOTGinDC.
Jesse B Rauch, President
Friends of Screen on the Green”