- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2001

Obviously, outdoor movies are at the mercy of the weather and the light. The latter changes dramatically during the late summer, when movies that start at "twilight" can begin anytime between 8 and 9 p.m. Most shows will run even when it's raining; in Little Italy, the older people watch patiently with umbrellas even as their younger counterparts run for cover.
Baltimore's Little Italy: At the intersection of Hugh and Stiles streets, every Friday. It's best to get there early parking can be a problem and you may want to have dinner beforehand at one of the neighborhood's legendary eateries. Movies begin around 9 p.m. with a cartoon and continue with the feature. Tomorrow's movie is Barry Levinson's early paean to Baltimore, 1981's "Diner." There is no telephone number for information.
Screen on the Green: On the Mall, near the Washington Monument. The third annual movie festival runs every Monday from July 9 to Aug. 6. Next Monday's feature is "A Streetcar Named Desire." In the weeks to come you can catch "A Patch of Blue," "The Maltese Falcon" and "Meet Me in St. Louis." Call the festival hot line at 877/262-5866 or go to www.screenonthegreen.com for more information.
The American City Diner: 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW. Movies are free, so reservations are suggested for the weekend shows. Owner Jeffrey Gildenhorn plans to show "Stalag 17," with William Holden, tomorrow and "From Here to Eternity," with Frank Sinatra, on Saturday. Call 202/244-1949.
Silver Screen Under the Stars: At the intersection of Georgia and Ellsworth streets, Silver Spring. The Silver Spring Urban District and Montgomery County have teamed up with the American Film Institute to offer their own outdoor movie series. The series begins tonight with its special guest, WRC-TV film critic Arch Campbell, and continues this weekend. Offerings include "Forbidden Planet" tonight, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" tomorrow, "Babe" on Saturday and "Casablanca" on Sunday. Movies begin at dusk and are shown at the intersection of Georgia and Ellsworth streets. Call 301/565-7300 for more information.
The Comcast/NIH Outdoor Film Festival: On the NIH campus, Bethesda, near the Metro stop off Rockville Pike. On entering the campus you will be directed to free parking. The festival, which features vendors from Bethesda restaurants, begins Aug. 17 with "Ghostbusters" and runs to Aug. 26. Restaurants open at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8:15. Go to www.filmfestnih.org for more information.
Bengies Drive-In Theater: 3417 Eastern Blvd., Baltimore. For show times on Bengies' 52-by-120-foot screen, call 410/687-5627. For directions, rules and more information about the theater's outside food policy, call 410/686-4698. You can also check out the Web site at www.bengies.com.
Haar's Drive-In: Route 15, Dillsburg, Pa. If you don't mind the road time, this drive-in 20 miles north of Gettysburg, Pa., features "the best snack bar in the Northeast," says Bengie's proprietor D. Edward Vogel. A family operation in existence since 1953, Haar's is currently so popular that it has been turning away cars on the weekend, says part owner Elwood Haar. Call 717/432-3011 for show times.
Churchville Drive-In: Route 22, Churchville, Md. This is the oldest of Maryland's remaining drive-ins. Call 410/734-7788.

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