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.
If you have other thoughts or ideas in the meantime, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Hey moviegoers — This summer’s Screen on the Green kicks off TONIGHT!
What do you do if you’re an advertising executive mistaken for a high-powered government official by dangerous foreign spies? You run, of course!
Join us tonight at Screen on the Green for Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. In the introduction to tonight’s film, Hitchcock promises to take viewers on a holiday trip from the United Nations in New York through Chicago and on to Mount Rushmore. But this isn’t just any journey. As Hitchcock himself explains, “You don’t find a tasteful little murder on every guided tour, now do you?”
Head down to the Mall between 4th and 7th Streets NW with your blankets and picnic baskets. As always, movies will begin at sundown and will play rain or shine!
Here it is, the 2015 Screen on the Green lineup! We’ll post more information as we get closer to the films. In the meantime, take a minute to get to know the movies and get excited about Washington’s most iconic outdoor film festival.
What do you think about the films? Tell us in the comments or sound off on Twitter and use the hashtag #SOTG2015!
“Alone, far from home, and far from justice, he has three days to learn the truth about a murder…and the truth is a story you won’t forget.”
Tonight, join Friends of Screen on the Green for the fourth and final film of the season, A Soldier’s Story.
This 1984 American drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of “A Soldier’s Play” is a story about racism and segregation in a African American U.S. Army regiment led by white officers. Tensions run high when an African American officer, unprecedented at the time, is sent to investigate the murder of an African American sargeant in Louisiana at the end of World War II.
Fun fact: Denzel Washington and David Alan Grier appear as minor characters in A Soldier’s Story.
As always, the movie will play live on a huge 20′x40′ screen between 7th and 12th Streets NW, and will begin at sunset. We suggest arriving early to stake a claim on your preferred spot!
And don’t forget to post pictures of you and your crew at Screen on the Green tonight. We’ll be posting photos on Twitterand Instagram, so use the hashtag #SOTG2014 or tag us at @SOTGinDC and we’ll repost some of our favorites. Facebook and Foursquare users, don’t forget to check in and show your support for Screeen on the Green!
Join us tonight on the National Mall for the 1948 film Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall!
A World War II veteran travels to South Florida to honor the memory of a fallen friend. He is one of only a few guests at his hotel, a rundown property managed by his friend’s widow and her father. Without warning, the trio find themselves prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a group of gangsters seeking shelter from a fast-approaching hurricane. And the hurricane isn’t the only storm brewing — the town sheriff is on the hunt for a murderer who killed several innocent Seminole Indians. You won’t want to miss the excitement and mystery!
Fun fact: The film also features Lionel Barrymore, Hollywood royalty and grand-uncle of Drew!
As always, the movie will play live on a huge 20′x40′ screen between 7th and 12th Streets NW. The movie will begin at sunset and we recommend arriving early to secure your spot.
And don’t forget to post pictures of you and your crew at Screen on the Green tonight. We’ll be on Twitterand Instagram, so use the hashtag #SOTG2014 or tag us at @SOTGinDC and we’ll repost some of our favorites. And for all of you Facebook and Foursquare users, don’t forget to check in and show your support for Screeen on the Green!
Hope you’ve packed your blankets and picnic baskets because Screen on the Green returns tonight!
Grab your friends, coworkers, and families and head down to the National Mall to see the 1984 classic The Karate Kid playing live on a huge 20’x40′ screen between 7th and 12th Streets NW. As always, the movie will begin at sunset and we recommend arriving early to secure your spot.
And don’t forget to post pictures of you and your crew at Screen on the Green tonight. We’ll be watching Twitter and Instagram, so use the hashtag #SOTG2014 or tag us at @SOTGinDC and we’ll repost some of our favorites. And for all of you Facebook and Foursquare users, don’t forget to check in and show your support for this iconic film festival.
There’s still time to enter our trivia contest, too! We’ve added new prizes from Qualia Coffee and some awesome swag courtesy of HBO. Good luck!
See you at the (outdoor) movies!
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