85°Partly Cloudy

“HBO and Comcast have decided to discontinue hosting Screen on the Green in DC, effective this summer”

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2016 at 8:55 am 18 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley

From Friends of Screen on the Green:

“Hello friends,

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”

  • textdoc

    How disappointing. :(

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Place their resources elsewhere? Like in their pockets??? Comcast and HBO are sooooooo poor that their respective CEOs are going hungry and don’t even have shoes to wear.

    • CHGal

      They’ve sponsored it for 17 years. It’s time for someone else to step up.

      • textdoc

        Like who — Showtime and Verizon??

        • INWDC

          Well if it’s Verizon there will be guaranteed technical glitches throughout the film.

          • textdoc


  • andy2

    Comcast…just when I thought you couldn’t suck anymore…

  • abc

    Honestly, I think they should do it somewhere else. Lots of neighborhoods have their own anyway. The mall is so isolated and sunset is 9pm so it’s just not that fun unless you’re 25 and don’t have to work the next day and don’t mind waiting 50 minutes for a bus to get back home afterward.

  • It’s just me

    How disappointing. I hope someone else picks it up. And I’d love it if they moved it to late spring – less hot and you could start it earlier because you’re not in the longest days of the year. There is a movie thing in my neighborhood, but it just isn’t the same as going and watching a film right on the National Mall.


    Actually, what HBO should do instead is a Game of Thrones on the Screen starting with the first episode.

    • John

      Am I the only weirdo who thinks Game of Thrones is boring? Are there others out there like me?

      • Anonymous

        Yes. Always remember, no matter how much hype any particular thing gets, most people out there have no interest in it. It’s a big country with a lot of people.

  • Maggie

    What size sponsorship do you need to keep this alive? 5 figures? 6? More?

    • Logan4ever

      Costs are well into mid-six figures (hundreds of thousands) to do an event of this type for multiple weeks on the mall. Trash, porta-potties, putting the screen up and down every week, film rights.

  • anon

    I went once, and it was fun, but I found the mosquitos so plaguing that I never went again. Some folk must be hardier than I am.

    • spookiness

      + 1 same experience. After 1 time I never went back.

  • neighbor

    I never go to this because it’s way less convinient than the similar neighborhood events. That said, it was was cool to have it their and I’m sad that it’s gone.
    I’m curious why HBO and Comcast only just now announced they are dropping the sponsorship? It puts the organization in a difficult position since there is a very shot time period to find a new sponsor. Why not tell them in the fall? That’s pretty sh!tty on the part of those two companies.

    • Logan4ever

      Friends of Screen on the Green didn’t organize or run the event, or do any fundraising for the costs of it, that was all done by HBO. HBO was the organization that put it all together, funded it and sought co-sponsors to defray the significant costs (everything costs more to do on the mall than the other festivals that have sprung up around town).


Subscribe to our mailing list