WASHINGTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HBO and Comcast are proud to announce the return of a favorite Washington summertime tradition, Screen on the Green. Marking its 14th year, the festival will kick-off July 16th with the 1969 classic "BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID." The free outdoor event will continue with screenings each Monday evening at sunset through August 6th with one exception on July 25th when "IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT" will be shown on Wednesday night. Each movie will be shown on a giant 20' by 40' outdoor screen on The National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets (New Location!). The screenings are free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to continue this summertime tradition with Comcast at the National Mall for our 14th year. It is a wonderful opportunity for families to come and enjoy timeless films on the big screen in this beautiful space," said Richard Plepler, Co-President, HBO.
"We're so proud to once again partner with HBO to bring Screen on the Green back to the National Mall," said Kyle McSlarrow, Comcast/NBCUniversal President for Washington, DC. "While today's consumers have many options to view great classic movies, including Xfinity On Demand and Xfinity TV Online, there's really nothing quite like watching them on the big screen in the shadow of our nation's monuments."
MONDAY, JULY 16: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (Fox) Bogie and Bacall. Hepburn and Tracy. Add Newman and Redford to the list of all time great screen couples. They play the title characters, outlaws on the run from a sheriff's posse determined to bring them to justice. The action-packed western has plenty of snappy dialogue (Oscar for William Goldman) and peppy music (Oscar for Burt Bacharach). Hopefully, there won't be raindrops fallin' on your head while we screen this crowd pleaser. (1969) 110 min. Panavision
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Sony/Columbia) A determined newspaper reporter (Clark Gable) pursues a runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert) in this madcap, romantic comedy. It was the first film ever to win all five top Oscars…Best Picture, Actress, Actor, Director (Frank Capra) and Screenplay. Age has only enhanced its charm and the hitchhiking scene has become legend. In 1998, a poll by the American Film Institute placed it at #35 on the list of 100 Best American Movies. (1934) 105 Min
NOTE: DATE CHANGE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
MONDAY, JULY 30: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Sony/Columbia) Powerhouse drama, with a powerhouse cast, is set in Pearl Harbor, 1941. Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra portray soldiers stationed in Oahu. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed are the women who love them. Reed and Sinatra won Oscars, as did director Fred Zinnemann and the film. Based on the rather racy novel by James Jones, it was toned down to appease the censors, yet the best-remembered scene is Lancaster and Kerr's roll in the Hawaiian surf. (1953) 118 Min.
MONDAY, AUG. 6: PSYCHO (Universal) Movie fans all know about Norman Bates, his nutty, knife-wielding mother and their creepy motel ("12 cabins, 12 vacancies."). Did you know, however, that Alfred Hitchcock's most disturbing thriller was independently produced for less than $1 million and that the notorious shower scene (which took 7 days to shoot) required some 70 camera set-ups. That blood seen spiraling down the shower drain was actually Bosco chocolate syrup. Pure movie magic! (1960) 109 min.
Classic Animation provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios.
For more information, call the "Screen on the Green" hotline at 1-877-262-5866 or visit the festival's website at www.hbo.com/screenonthegreen
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