Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Summer Film Series Takes Flight in Crystal City
What drive-ins were for suburban young couples and families in the 1950s and 60s, outdoor once-a-week theater experiences with names like screen on the green are for city dwellers of the 21st Century.
For much of the 3 summer months which began this week, open green areas in neighborhoods throughout the DC area are transformed into temporary urban walk-in versions of the now mostly departed drive-ins.
Utilizing giant collapsible screens and state of the art speakers, parks like those next to our Crystal City apartment complex become the place to be for an early evening picnic and a-start-at-dusk feature film.
Crystal Screen is In-Flight, which is especially appropriate since Crystal City is located just 1 Metro stop from Reagan National Airport and the sight of planes can be seen between the multi-story buildings during film screenings.
The Crystal Screen series began Monday with a showing of the classic 1980 comedy Airplane. It will conclude on August 25 with the showing of Snakes on a Plane with Samuel Jackson and a plane full of slithering costars.
Of course, Crystal City isn't the only neighborhood with a film series. Here is the list of this year's summer in the city weekly neighborhood films, including Screen on the Green on the National Mall.
- A New Video Vision @Women's Museum in the Arts
- Trace the Earliest Steps on the Yellow Brick Road
- 22 Things You Have to Explain to Out-of-Towners Ab...
- Oh What A (60s) Night
- Futbol and Food: What So Proudly We Hail
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival Underway
- Side Show: Grandeur from the Grotesque
- A Look at Ethnic Media @The Newseum
- Will Robots Someday Win Soccer's World Cup?
- Gay-Hating Holy Rollers Descend on DC
- Freedom Summer 1964 and Its Impacts Today
- March for Marriage: One Love, One LIfe, One Man, O...
- Welcome to Counter Culture in the Capital
- See Hillary Sign. See Hillary Run?
- Ralph Fasanella @The American Art Museum
- Oh, Say Do You See What They See?
- Shark Girl Dives Deep to Show Her Love For Sharks
- CNN News Anchor Looks Back at Tiananmen Square
- Brazil's Dance with the Devil: Love of Soccer Batt...
- Documentarian Ken Burns Talks the Roosevelts - Ted...
- Soul of Our Nation Is at Stake, Says Sen. Cory Boo...
- Masks and More @National Museum of African Art
- Oh Say Can You See These Facts About the Star-Span...
- For Summer in Washington, Don't Put Your Best Flip...
- Gay Pride: Out Is In
- If the Idea of Chewing on Insects Doesn't Bug You,...
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- Portraiture in the Time of TV's Mad Men
- Smithsonian National History Museum Turns 50
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