Georgetown Free Outdoor Movies 2016: Washington DC

The Georgetown Sunset Cinema Series on the Potomac Waterfront

Georgetown at Night
••• Georgetown at Night. Photo © Mr.TinDC

The Georgetown Sunset Cinema Series offers a free outdoor movie experience during the summer months in Washington DC with the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. The 2016 movies honor the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary by featuring iconic movies filmed in and around national parks and monuments across the country, making a stop in each decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket (no chairs) and enjoy. 

Dates and Times: Tuesdays, July 5 through August 2, 2016. Movies begin at sunset; arrive at 7 p.m. for best seating and giveaways.

Location: Georgetown Waterfront Park at the intersection of K/Water Street and Cecil Place, NW. The park provides a beautiful green space for visitor recreation and contemplation. Cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians have their own car-free pathways with views of individual boaters, kayakers and competitive crews as well as of Roosevelt Island and the magnificent Key Bridge.

Transportation and Parking: Georgetown is not accessible by Metrorail. The best way to get to the  neighborhood by taking the DC Circulator Bus using the Georgetown/Union Station or Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont Circle lines. See a guide to parking garages and lots in Georgetown.

2016 Movie Schedule

July 5 - Planet of the Apes (1968) – Rated G. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona/Utah. An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

July 12 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Rated PG. Devil’s Towner National Monument and Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming. After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

July 19 -  E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982) – Rated PG. Redwood National and State Parks, California. In this classic science fiction film, an alien becomes stranded on Earth and is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. He and his siblings help ET return home while attempting to keep him hidden from their mother and the government.

July 26 - Thelma & Louise (1991) – Rated R. Canyonlands and Arches Nationals Parks, Utah. A housewife and a waitress set out on a road trip and find themselves in trouble with the law.

Aug. 2 - Into the Wild (2007) – Rated R. Denali National Park, Alaska. The biographical drama survival film is an adaptation of Jon Krakauer's 1996 non-fiction book about a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.

A variety of free movies are held in the capital region throughout the summer. See a guide to Outdoor Movies in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia