The D.C. outdoor movie season kicks off in the middle of the city on May 22, when the Golden Cinema series starts up with its inaugural flick, "Empire Records."
The 1995 classic of the too-slim slacker genre follows the staff of an independent record store as it tries to fend off a chain moving in on its turf. How things come full circle, no? The chain record behemoths such as Tower Records are now dead and gone, while indie vinyl specialty shops (such as D.C.'s own Crooked Beat, Red Onion, Som and Hill & Dale) are enjoying a revival.
Golden Cinema screens Fridays at Farragut Park (Connecticut Avenue and K Street Northwest), starting at 7:30 p.m. and generally going until 10 p.m. This year's lineup runs through July 31.
Perhaps because of the sheer volume of the area's outdoor film series, each one seems to be going with a theme. (Viewers usually go into it with something along the lines of, "Hey let's get drunk and eat outside and watch an old movie.") Golden Cinema is going with "All Worked Up," which is supposed to acknowledge people are leaving their workplaces and heading immediately to Farragut Park to watch people at their jobs. Or something like that.
This is not to be confused with the DC Labor Filmfest, which is screening this month intermittently at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md., and showing work-type movies such as "Fighting for Our Lives," "Compliance" and "Hard Times."
At any rate, here's the lineup for the rest of Golden Cinema's offerings. If they don't seem to have anything to do with work or your work life, just try not to think about it too much. These event planners have to stretch a bit sometimes:
May 29 — "The Devil Wears Prada."
June 5 — "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
June 12 — "The Social Network."
June 19 — "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade."
June 26 — "Hook."
July 10 — "Nine to Five."
July 17 — "Miss Congeniality."
July 24 — "Italian Job."
July 31 — "The Wedding Planner."
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