Screen on the Green 2017 in Washington DC

Free Outdoor Movies at the National Mall

Screen on the Green with U.S. Capitol in background
••• Miller Taylor

Screen on the Green is a favorite Washington, DC summer tradition that ran for 17 years presenting free outdoor movies on a giant screen on the National Mall. The event was canceled in 2016 as Time Warner’s Home Box Office (HBO), the premium cable and satellite network, announced that it would no longer support the film festival. With its long popularity, DC residents are hopeful that another company will step in as a sponsor to continue running the event going forward.

In 2009, HBO announced that it was cancelling its sponsorship and the local community rallied to save Screen on the Green. A massive campaign was successful and Comcast and the Trust for the National Mall joined forces with HBO to keep the event running for seven more years. 

In recent years, outdoor movie festivals have become very popular and there are now more than a dozen communities that host similar events. However, the National Mall has a wider appeal to visitors and residents across the region and there’s nothing quite like watching a movie under the moonlight with panoramic views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks. 

Screen on the Green 2017

Hopefully the event will return in 2017 with a new sponsor. When announced, details will be updated here. 

Dates: To Be Announced

Attending Details: Movies begin at dusk, around 8:30-9:00 p.m. People start to claim their spots on the lawn as early as 5 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic or purchase snacks from street vendors.

Movie Schedule

To Be Announced


National Mall, NW Washington DC. More specific details to be announced.

Transportation and Parking

The best way to get to the National Mall is by Metro. The closest stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and L'Enfant Plaza. Public parking is very limited in this part of the city.

On-street parking in Washington, DC is restricted during the evening rush hour. Read more about parking near the National Mall. Please note that Metro closes at its regular time at midnight and you should plan your trip accordingly.

Screen on the Green Movies

Films presented have included classics as well as Hollywood Blockbusters. Here's a list of some of the past movies shown.

2015 - North by Northwest,  The Poseidon Adventure, Desk Set, Back To The Future

2014 - The Karate Kid, Lover Come Back, Key Largo, A Soldier's Story

2013 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Norma Rae, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Tootsie 

2012 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, It Happened One Night, From Here to Eternity, Psycho

2011 - In the Heat of the Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Cool Hand Luke

2010 – Goldfinger, The Goodbye Girl, 12 Angry Men, Bonnie and Clyde

2009 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dog Day Afternoon, On the Waterfront, Rebel Without a Cause

2008 - Dr. No, The Candidate, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Apartment, Superman

More Outdoor Movies in the Washington DC Area

Free movies are presented throughout the summer in neighborhoods including Georgetown, NoMa, Capitol Riverfront, Crystal City, National Harbor, Rosslyn, Bethesda, and more.

For all of the details, see a guide to Outdoor Movies in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.