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When HBO finally got their act together and agreed to keep funding Screen on the Green with the help of a co-sponsor, movie fans and Facebook petitioners cheered.  But there was little instant gratification when organizers announced that the first screening wouldn’t occur until July 20th.  Summer officially starts on Sunday and these mild temperatures are perfect for movie-watching under the stars.  Luckily, three other groups will be showing movies outside this week for those cinema-philes eager to spread a blanket and enjoy a free movie.

Locations and plot descriptions after the jump!

NoMa Summer Screen – “Music in Pictures”

Date and Time: Tonight, June 17th, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Playing This Week: Buena Vista Social Club, the documentary about aging Cuban musicians brought together to record a CD with Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana to meet them.  The group tours around the world performing the music of pre-Castro Cuba and reflecting on their earlier musical careers.

Location: L Street, between 2nd and 3rd, NE.  New York Avenue station on Metro’s Red Line.

Frequency: Every Wednesday between now and July 29th.

SilverDocs Outdoor Screening

Date and Time: Friday, June 19, at 9 p.m.

Playing: For All Mankind, a documentary about the Apollo 11 crew that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.  Current interviews with the 24 crew members are combined with archival footage to capture the scope and emotion of the experience.

Location: Silver Plaza, on Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street, Silver Spring.  Silver Spring station on Metro’s Red Line.

Stead Park Summer Movie Mania

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 24, at 8:30 p.m.

Playing This Week: Top Gun.  A pre-Scientology Tom Cruise and a pre-ER Anthony Edwards feel the need for speed as students at Top Gun Naval Flying School in this ’80s classic.  Singing along to the power ballads is optional.

Location: Stead Park, on P Street between 16th and 17th.  Dupont Circle on Metro’s Red Line.

Frequency: The last Wednesday of the month, through August 26.  Rain dates are July 2, August 5, and September 2.