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Among the People at Canal Park Movie Series

Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie "Selma." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie "Selma." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Riverfront’s increasingly busy pace of life is bringing back its summertime complement of outdoor movies at Canal Park on Thursday nights, a cinematic interlude between the baseball game and the Metro, or for nearby residents, another backyard night-time activity option.  

So if after the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game  Thursday you are walking home and you see people crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge around 200 M St. SE, pull up and find a place under the stars to watch “Selma,” the story of civil rights marchers led by, among others, future Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Martin Luther King Jr. The series got off to a soggy start on June 4, with a scheduled screening of “Back to the Future,” but Washington’s Seattle/London-like weather put a bit of a spoiler on things. (Then again, maybe folks turned out to see if there would be some lightning to power up Doc Brown’s DeLorean.)  

At any rate, here’s the schedule for the rest of the 2015 summer for the Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series, which is going with a “People’s Choice” theme that was, according to the series’ announcement, “selected or inspired by public demand, and celebrates characters whose decisions shape the world, space, and time!” I guess that’s how you get Doc Brown, Lewis and Inigo Montoya all in the same frame of mind.

  • June 11 “Selma.”
  • June 18 “The Princess Bride.”
  • June 25 “Rush Hour.”
  • July 2 “Independence Day.”
  • July 9 “Bring It On.”
  • July 16 “The LEGO Movie.”
  • July 23 “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.”
  • July 30 “Big Hero 6.”
  • Aug. 6 “Pitch Perfect.”
  • Aug. 13 “The Goonies.”
  • Aug. 20 “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
  • Aug. 27 “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
  • Sept. 3 “The Sound of Music.”

The series is free and the movies start at sundown.  

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