Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Returns to Strathmore, August 20-22

From our friends at Comcast...

20th Annual Event Showcases Free Blockbuster Films to Benefit NIH Children's Charities

Enjoy nights of summer fun under the stars Saturday-Monday, August 20-22, 2016, during the 20th annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, the country’s original outdoor film festival, when it returns to Strathmore this season. The free event, underwritten by Comcast and produced by DTA Global with Strathmore, benefits NIH Children’s Charities. More information is available by visiting www.filmfestnih.org or www.strathmore.org, or by calling the Strathmore ticket office at (301) 581-5100.

For the 20th year, the popular Washington, DC Metro area event celebrating the end of summer will feature recent hits and classic movies on the only nine-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen within 1,000 miles. During the Festival, the community will be able to enjoy an unrivaled outdoor movie experience with digital cinema projection. The 2016 film schedule is:

Saturday, August 20 - Jurassic World - PG13 - 2 hours, 4 minutes
Sunday, August 21 - Minions - PG - 1 hour, 31 minutes
Monday, August 22 - The Wizard of Oz - G - 1 hour, 42 minutes

Films will be shown at Strathmore’s Gudelsky Gazebo, near the historic Mansion at Strathmore at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Grounds open at 6:30 PM. The evening programs begin at 8:30 PM. Picnic blankets, low beach chairs, and small coolers are welcome. Summer barbecue favorites and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase from Ridgewells.

In the event of severe weather, outdoor films will be cancelled. Weather updates can be found on the Facebook page for the Film Festival and filmfestnih.org.

The Film Festival is conveniently located adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station on the Red Line. FREE parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Garage on Saturday and Sunday. Parking on Monday is $5.10 payable with credit card or SmarTrip card.

About the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival:
Started in 1996, the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival was the first major outdoor screening event in the United States. The event began on the grounds of the NIH Charities and remained there until the events of 9/11 eliminated public access to the grounds of NIH. The Film Festival then moved to several other locations and in 2013 found a home on the MCPS Board of Education property. Now, thanks to Comcast, Strathmore and sponsors, the magic days of yesteryear are back as the Outdoor Film Festival returns to its most popular location on the grounds of Strathmore.

About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Tele- mundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About the NIH Children’s Charities:
The NIH Children’s Charities sponsored by the Film Festival include: The Children’s Inn, a private residence for pediatric patients and their families at NIH; Special Love, which provides cancer families a network of support including retreats and outings known as Camp Fantastic; and Friends of the Patients at the NIH, which provides emergency financial assistance to help patients and their families.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences, creates dynamic arts education experiences, and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore.