U.S.A.’s Original Outdoor Film Festival Returns to DC Area August 20-22, 2016

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The DC Metro Area's premier Outdoor Film Festival Returns to Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland August 20-22, 2016. The 20th Annual Event Showcases Free Blockbuster Films to Benefit NIH Children's Charities.

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Enjoy nights of summer fun under the stars Saturday - Monday, August 20 - 22, 2016, during the 20th Annual Washington, DC Metro Area Outdoor Film Festival, the country’s original outdoor film festival, when it returns to Strathmore this season. The free event, produced by DTA Global with Strathmore, benefits NIH Children’s Charities. More information is available by visiting http://www.filmfestnih.org or http://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 provided by Outdoor Movies who provides outdoor movie screens, projection and audio to many of the country’s major film festivals. 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 p.m. The evening programs begin at 8:30 p.m.

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 Outdoor Film Festival:
Started in 1996, the Washington, DC Metro Area 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 DTA Global, the magic days of yesteryear are back as the Outdoor Film Festival returns to its most popular location on the grounds of Strathmore in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 230-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts, the Artist in Residence program, and its Spring Break @ Strathmore camp.

About Outdoor Movies:
Rockville, Maryland-based Outdoor Movies, a division of DTA Global, has grown exponentially since its founding as Deutsch, Inc. by technophile/inventor Bob Deutsch in 1998. With the goal of giving families and friends a shared entertainment experience, the company pioneered the concept of large scale, state-of-the-art outdoor film festivals in the United States. Since that time, Outdoor Movies has become the leading seller of professional outdoor inflatable movie screens and projection equipment in the United States and the North American distributor for AIRSCREEN. Known internationally for its best-in-class outdoor screening, projection, and sound services, Outdoor Movies now serves a prestigious roster of corporate, government and private clients around the globe. More information is available at http://www.outdoor-movies.com.


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