The original “Ghostbusters,” “Beetlejuice” or another movie with spooky characters could get a free outdoor showing in Adams Morgan next week.
The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District is scheduled to have a movie screening during its family-friendly “Adams Morgan Fright Night” at Kalorama Park (1875 Columbia Road NW) on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The organization is letting locals vote online on which film should play. In addition to “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Beetlejuice” (1988), the movies include “Hocus Pocus” (1993) and “The Addams Family” (1991).
The event, which is set to run from 6 to 9 p.m., also is slated to include a costume contest.
Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan BID
Mount Pleasant tomorrow is slated to get an alfresco screening of a 2015 Swedish documentary that explores the friction between cyclists and car drivers in cities.
“Bikes vs Cars” is scheduled to play at Lamont Park (Lamont and Mount Pleasant streets NW) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to an email from organizers of the event.
A website for the film adds:
The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.
Sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Main Street and the Mount Pleasant Business Association, the showing is free. But donations are welcome.
Moviegoers are encouraged to bring food, drinks and blankets to the event.
The Columbia Heights Initiative is scheduled to host an outdoor movie series that will bring free film screenings to the Tubman Elementary School Field (3101 13th St. NW) every Friday night for the remainder of September.
The movies, picked by locals in an online vote, are:
- “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Sept. 9.
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Sept. 16.
- “Cool Runnings” on Sept. 23.
For the last film on Sept. 30, Tubman students will have the opportunity next week to vote on what they want to see, according to an email from the Columbia Heights Initiative.
The school’s field opens at 6 p.m. for the movie showings. The flicks will start at sundown.
Photo via Wikimedia
The Columbia Heights Initiative is slated to hold a film series at the Tubman Elementary School Field (3101 13th St. NW) on four Friday nights in September, starting next week.
The organization is letting locals vote online on which movies should play on Sept. 9, 16 and 23. Tubman students will have the opportunity to choose the Sept. 30 flick.
In addition to The Force Awakens, Jurassic Park and Airplane!, the choices for the films include:
- “Captain America: Civil War”
- “Pitch Perfect”
- “Pretty in Pink”
- “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
- “The Karate Kid”
- “Cool Runnings”
Photo via Columbia Heights Initiative
To celebrate the release of “Star Trek Beyond” and the science fiction franchise’s 50th anniversary, the Angelika Pop-Up movie house at 550 Penn St. NE is scheduled to hold a free “SciFi convention” Sunday from 1-8 p.m., event organizer Elyse Roland said in an email.
“We’ve got Sci Fi fever,” the theater said on its Facebook event page.
In addition to screenings of the flick, Angelika is slated to have Fantom Comics, Riverby Books and Intervention 7 on hand with toys, comic books and clothes geared toward science fiction fans. The theater also will sell hot dogs, nachos and other food.
“There’s no better way to catch Star Trek Beyond for your second or . . . third time,” Roland said.
Photo via Flickr/Ezra S F
— West End Cinema (@LTWestEndCinema) March 24, 2016
Larger screens and a “revamped” concession menu are in the works for West End Cinema, which reopens after renovations on April 1.
West End Cinema (2301 M St. NW) closed temporarily about two weeks ago, according to the company’s social media accounts. When it reopens in less than two weeks, the theater will feature plush leather seating, bigger screens and an expanded concession and alcohol menu.
West End went out of business about a year ago, only to reopen under the ownership of theater chain Landmark months later. Landmark Theaters also owns the E Street Cinema, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema and Bethesda Row.
Landmark Theatres — which also operates the E Street and Bethesda Row cinemas here in D.C. — announced today its anticipated new Atlantic Plumbing Cinema (807 V St. NW) will open next Thursday, Oct. 15.
The new cinema’s theaters will be decked out with plush leather seats, large screens, digital projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Like at the theater chain’s other locations, patrons will be able to order food, cocktails, wine and craft beers to enjoy during the show.
Photo via Facebook.com/AtlanticPlumbingCinema
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Temperatures are climbing. The days continue to stretch out longer. The humidity is so bad that you can barely move outside and any hint of a breeze brings astonishing relief. That’s right, summer has arrived here in DC.
While there are plenty of pros and cons about this sweltering season, there is one thing that we can all agree makes this time of year worthwhile: outdoor movies.
The best-known outdoor film series in DC is Screen on the Green but they won’t begin showing films until July. Meanwhile, here in Borderstan, there’s a film series set to begin this week. The Heurich House, which you hopefully visited last weekend at the Museum Walk Weekend, will begin showing classic films in its garden this Friday, June 7.
Also in our area but with slightly later start dates are U Street Outdoor Movies, which is scheduled to begin on June 19 though the film schedule has not yet been released, movies at Stead Park and Dupont Circle’s Cinema in the Circle. The short schedule for Stead Park is: June 25, Father of the Bride; July 30, Meet The Parents; August 27, Goonies. The one film showing for Cinema in the Circle is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on June 21.
A rundown of the outdoor film series’ already showing or starting up soon in DC include:
- Heurich House Golden Cinema Series – 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW
- U Street Outdoor Movies – V Street between 13th and 14th Streets NW
- Screen on the Green – on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets NW
- NoMA Summer Screen – L Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets NE
- Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies – Capitol Riverfront, Canal Park, SE
- Lincoln Park Movies By Moonlight – Lincoln Park, 13th and East Capitol Streets NE
And that only includes film series’ showing in DC. There is a handful more playing in Virginia and Maryland should you be feeling slightly adventurous during these summer months.
So grab your blanket, pack a picnic and your bug spray, and head out to enjoy these summer nights with stars both in the sky and on the big screen.
Progression Place Up for Sale
The new mixed-use development still under construction in Shaw is up for sale, as the developers would like to free up some capital for other developments. UrbanTurf reports the construction could be complete by October of this year. The starting price tag to become a real estate mogul and own the complex is estimated to be $130 million.
Strip Malls Transforming to Urban
That may be a stretch, but this piece by Greater Greater Washington indicates that big box retailers are eyeing urban areas as their next playground. With their big, enclosed mall models struggling in the wake of economic change and the desire for ‘town centers’ that are more walkable, urban areas near Metro stations are being touted as the future of retail. Tyson’s isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but the Silver Spring model — retail, dining, bars and entertainment near a Metro stop — has taken off in Clarendon, Bethesda and the further out ‘burbs of Virginia, where people still love their cars.
Are we the beneficiaries of this evolution, or will the influx of Target, Wal-Mart and their ilk make vibrant city areas into beige spaces prone to playing Michael Bolton’s greatest hits on a tinny PA system? (Note: before you get all up in arms and protest me, I am aware and also agree this is a serious issue affecting our local small business owners and neighborhoods. But it’s Friday, and when else do I get to make jokes about otherwise depressing crap?)
Hunger Strikes for DC Voting Rights
Have you heard about the Occupy DC’ers that decided to fast in the name of DC self-government? Probably. If you assumed they finally ate, you’d be correct. But not after going a lot farther than anyone had planned, reports the Washington City Paper. It’s worth a read, even if you hate the Occupiers. Expect to feel sort of sorry for them — I can’t help it — for the bungling of the timing… seems striking until there is Congressional action is a poor idea when Congress is in recess.
I admire their moxie (this word should be used more often), as well as the commitment to an issue most people talk about and do jack about in reality. I really do, but as the City Paper wondered politely, “it still wasn’t clear how much D.C. would benefit from having as its champion an emaciated artist best known for having once publicly circumcised himself as part of a performance.” What they said.
Chi Cha Lounge is billing its Wednesday evenings with a movie as Notoriety. Says this urban hipster place on U between 16th and 17th: “Notoriety at Chi Cha Lounge is a weekly Wednesday event for friends to come together, listen to soulful music, and soak up some good vibes.” Located at 1624 U Street NW, the lounge has wide-open windows that allow you to see the street and get the urban feeling of the U Street corridor. Tonight the movie is Point Break.
Some suggestions for this 3-day weekend in D.C. —