Rosslyn Cinema voted Best Community Event

Sun Gazette/ readers choose Rosslyn Cinema in annual Best of Arlington poll

As warmer temperatures and longer days signal summer's impending arrival, we're gearing up for Rosslyn Cinema, one of our favorite annual events that, to us, embodies the relaxed and carefree spirit of our favorite season. This summer promises to be a standout year for Rosslyn Cinema. We are marking our tenth year showing free Friday movies in Gateway Park, and recently learned that Rosslyn Cinema has been named "Best Community Event" on Sun Gazette/'s annual "Best of Arlington" list. More than 16,000 people voted in this annual readers' poll, which recognizes a broad range of Arlington favorites, including performing arts venues, hair salons, restaurants and more.  

"It's a tremendous honor to have Rosslyn Cinema singled out as the 'Best Community Event' in Arlington," says former Rosslyn BID Events Manager Sophie Barral. "Last year, we expanded it by adding games, food trucks and our Pub in the Park, where people can grab a drink and relax before the film starts. Adding these new features really took Rosslyn Cinema to a whole new level. More than a free movie night, Rosslyn Cinema became an inviting place for people to gather and enjoy warm summer nights with their friends."

Last year, Rosslyn Cinema brought 18,000 people to Gateway Park over the course of the summer. The most popular film was the 1942 Best Picture classic Casablanca, which drew a crowd of more than 1,200. Other popular films were Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Top Gun and the kid-friendly Finding Nemo

This summer, we're bringing back many of the same elements as last year. The Pub in the Park (pictured below) will open every Friday night at 6 p.m., serving beer, wine, sangria and mocktails. Patrons can relax at the large, shade-covered bar, gather around one of the many nearby tables, or enjoy an outdoor game while sipping their drinks. Like last year, there will be games such as cornhole, Giant Jenga, ping pong and Giant Connect Four.

Attendees can bring their own picnics, or they can enjoy a delicious dinner from food trucks that will be on hand. Two different trucks will join us in the park every week. This year's roster include favorites such as Captain Cookie, Rocklands BBQ, Fava Pot and Saffron Gourmet. Plus, Popped Republic! food truck also returns, serving gourmet popcorn every Friday. Kids' Nights are also back this year, featuring games and activities for kids and families prior to the movie's start. Bring picnic blankets or low chairs and secure a good spot early. By 7 p.m., it starts to get crowded.

This year, we've lined up what we consider to be a top-notch selection of films that we hope you will enjoy. There are classics, recent blockbusters and family-friendly favorites. We can't wait to have you join us!

2017 Rosslyn Cinema Film Schedule

June 2  Grease - with Puddin & Saffron Gourmet Food Trucks

June 9  Frozen - KIDS’ NIGHT ACTIVITIES! with Chix N Stix & Fava Pot Food Trucks

June 16  Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - with Tacos Matadores & Hardy's BBQ Food Trucks

June 23  National Lampoon's European Vacation - with Over the Rice & Campfire Food Trucks

June 30  Some Like It Hot - with Red Hook Lobster & DC Pollo Food Trucks

July 7  Golden Eye - with Kabob Village & Hardy's BBQ Food Trucks

July 14  The Father of the Bride - with Saffron Gourmet & Tacos Matadores

July 21   Moana - KIDS’ NIGHT ACTIVITIES! with The Orange Cow Food Trucks & Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs & The Big Cheese Food Trucks

July 28 The Wizard of Oz - with Rocklands BBQ & Fava Pot Food Trucks

August 4  When Harry met Sally - with Healthy Food Fool & Urban Bumpkin BBQ Food Trucks

August 11 Lego Batman - KIDS’ NIGHT ACTIVITIES! Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs & Rocklands BBQ Food Trucks

August 18  The Avengers - with Captain Cookie, Tacos Matadores & Halal Kitchen Food Trucks

August 25  Mary Poppins - with Chix N Stix & Hardy's BBQ Food Trucks

Related Event: Rosslyn Cinema + Pub in the Park

Related Destination: Gateway Park

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