Thursday, June 27, 2013

DC's First Drive-In Theater to Pop Up This Summer at Union Market

From our friends at Scott Circle Communications...

The District's first dive-in movie experience will run for four Fridays beginning July 12 at the highly acclaimed Union Market. Created by Jon Gann, the founder of the DC Shorts Film Festival, and supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the event will screen DC-centric films on Union Market's three-story wall. Pre-show festivities include a contest, special giveaways, and the DC Rollergirls serving as car hops. A variety of Union Market vendors will also participate, serving food, drinks and fun snacks. There is no cost for this event - it is free to attend (there is a cost for snacks, food, etc.)

"DC has never had a drive in theater. It is definitely one of the rights of passage that I missed growing up in the area. Through a special project grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the generosity of EDENS, Union Market's developer, I am pleased to bring this experience area residents," states Jon Gann, the event's brainchild.

DC Drive-In is free to attend. Reservations for parking spaces is recommended, and may be made on the web site No car? No worries! A picnic area on the lot for bikers and walkers is available on a first-come basis. All of the films will be captioned to include students and faculty of Gallaudet University, Union Market's neighbors.

The Films and Schedule:

July 12: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (95 minutes)
General Jack D. Ripper plummets into madness and sends a bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. after suspecting that communists are trying to rob Americans of their precious body fluids. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Directed by Stanley Kubrick

July 19: Distinguished Gentleman (R, 112 minutes)
It's no longer business as usual in Washington D.C. when a con artist pulls off his biggest hustle and gets elected to the U.S. Congress!
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Directed by Jonathan Lynn

July 26: The American President (PG-13, 114 minutes)
A widowed US president and a lobbyist fall in love. It's all aboveboard, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Directed by Rob Reiner, Written by Aaron Sorkin

August 2: No Way Out (R, 114 minutes)
Lt. Commander Tom Farrell is a naval intelligence officer who is given just 48 hours to locate and "silence" a witness to a brutal crime that must be covered up. Starring: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Directed by Roger Donaldson


When: Fridays, beginning July 12. Lot opens at 7:00 p.m. for cars with reservations; 8:00 p.m. for others. Preshow activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Films begin at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Union Market; 305 5th Street, NE; Washington, DC  20002

Cost: Free!