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Where to Enjoy an Outdoor & Drive-In Movie This Summer Near Washington, DC

Where to enjoy an outdoor movie this summer in Washington, DC - Summer movie during sunset at Union Market

Check out the best places to experience the cinema outdoors or by driving-in with these mostly free options in the nation’s capital.

Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand. While the biggest blockbusters are usually screened in theaters, that's obviously not the case this summer as most cinemas are currently closed due to COVID-19. But fret not. This summer in DC, you have plenty of opportunities to partake in an old American pastime: drive-in and outdoor movies. It's the perfect opportunity to get out of the house, enjoy some snacks and maintain social distance. Better yet, you can catch classic flicks and films you’ve never seen before. We'll be updating this list as more drive-in theaters open up so keep your eyes peeled for a drive-in theater near you. 

1 Union Market Drive-In
Union Market Drive-In Union Market DC

The drive-in movie is not dead! Union Market, a DC hot spot that features artisanal wares and amazing food options, hosts this series of film screenings ​on the first Friday of each month from the spring through the fall. Drive-in parking costs $20 (reserve beforehand here). At this time, there are no walk-ups, bike-ups or picnickers are allowed. This year's films include Space Jam (July 17) and The Lion King (July 24).

2 Films at the Stone
Films at the Stone The Memorial Foundation

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is one of DC’s most recognizable landmarks, and The Memorial Foundation is proud to present family-friendly, free-to-attend movie screenings this summer. Screenings begin at sunset or 8:30 p.m.

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3 The Boro Tysons Drive-In Movies
The Boro Tysons Drive-In Movies The Boro Tysons

Looking for a way to enjoy a night out near Tysons? Join The Boro in Tysons, Virginia for a drive-in move night in the parking lot adjacent to The Boro. It'll  be showing movies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Get more information about tickets and movies.

4 Drive up to Bengies' Big Screen
Drive up to Bengies' Big Screen Bengies

Bengies, in Middle River, Md., is known for having the biggest movie theater screen in the United States. The Bengies Drive-In Theatre offers triple features almost every Friday and Saturday night and double features on Sunday night with nonstop projection. Upcoming showings include Zooptopia and The World's Greatest Showman. Visitors must purchase tickets online ahead of time so grab yours now and check out their COVID-19 policies before attending. 

5 The Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City
The Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City The Family Drive-In Theatre

The Family Drive-In Theatre is nothing new to the locals around Stephens City, Virginia. This two-screen drive-in movie theater has been around since 1956. It's pet-friendly so you can bring your furry pal along with you when you catch a flick here. The drive-in is currently doing showings Wednesdays through Sundays so make sure you get your ticket ahead of time to enjoy a timeless film this summer.