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Enjoy the outdoors and a movie in Loudoun

Patrons enjoy a recent screening of “Mary Poppins” at the National Conference Center’s Screen on the Green. Photo Courtesy/National Conference Center
Laying on a blanket beneath the stars. Watching a movie on a large screen outside with the whole family. It is today's pop-up version of the old drive-in movie concept, and has become a big trend in Loudoun this summer.

By hosting the free movies, local developments are hopeful they can create some buzz and bring people to their businesses, as well as offer a connection to the community.

Loudoun Station, in Ashburn began "Movies Under the Stars" this summer to introduce families to their location, according to spokesman David D'Onofrio.
"With so much coming here, we wanted to showcase Loudoun Station as a great place to be," D'Onofrio said.

So far, according to D'Onofrio, the turnout has been great with as many as 600 people attending a show. One of Loudoun Station's future tenants, The Zone, offers games before the movie, and there are food trucks and popcorn available as well.

The National Conference Center in Leesburg decided to do outdoor movies this year on Friday nights as a way to give back to the community, according to spokesman Phil Saims. "Having 60 acres, trees and a beautiful backdrop - the National Conference Center is a great place for the family to connect," Saims said.

The National Conference Center brings in food trucks to each event and has partnered with Sunset Hills Winery of Purcellville to offer wine tastings. There is a bar available for beverages, as patrons are not allowed to bring alcohol from home.

In addition to their summer outdoor concerts, the Village at Leesburg also began outdoor movies this summer.

"We are very pleased with the turnout," said Karen Cobb, spokesperson for the Village at Leesburg.

"We decided to offer the outdoor movies because we felt it would be perfect for families to come and enjoy our restaurants and do a little shopping and then enjoy a movie or concert," Cobb said.

Cobb said she sees the outdoor movies as an alternative to the drive-in movie theaters, which do not exist in the area anymore. "This is the next best thing. How fun to be able to sit outside in the cool of the evening with your kids under the stars watching a movie," Cobb said.

There are plenty of places for viewing an outdoor movie in Loudoun, here are some options:

Loudoun Station - Saturdays at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, "TMNT," Aug. 9., "The Nut Job," Aug. 16, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." 43805 Central Station Drive, Ashburn. http://www.loudounstation.com.

Ida Lee Movies in the Park. Friday, Aug. 15. 9 p.m. 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg.

Village at Leesburg. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Movie TBD, Aug. 20, "Frozen." 1600 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. http://www.villageatleesburg.com.

National Conference Center Screen on the Green. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1, "Babe," Aug. 8, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Aug. 15, "The Goonies." 18908 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg. http://www.conferencecenter.com.


Waste is not a matter of how much you spend so much as the value for your dollar. I never drink, alcohol is a total waste of money IMO but I don’t need to go around telling people about it and being a smug jerk. TV is a waste of money to some people. Owning a home over 1000sq feet. The list goes on and on.

My point is stop being so judgmental, others will see parts of your lifestyle just as wasteful as you see going outdoors to see a free movie. Or to a beer and wine fest. Or what ever else you complain about other people doing.

Okay, so you state I don’t spend money wisely because I buy a 6 pack and one of those prepared dinners at wegmans for $8. That is being financially responsible my friend.

Going to Ruth Chris for steak and drinks which will run you over $50 per person is the opposite.

I don’t have any of that debt either; but you are posting about people going to a fair, or a free outdoor movie, you posted about not tearing down the cheap theater which is not cheaper than any other theater. You make silly comments on money constantly. All I point out is buying crappy tasting pre-cooked food at the store and a 6 pack (which you posted in another threat) is not a better use of ones money than anything else, its a waste in my book. So maybe you should stop with your silly judgmental nonsense.

But your emotional debt is very real.

Your numbers keep changing which shows you can’t even do basic 2nd grade math.

In your most recent post a ticket cost $7.50 ($15.00 / 2 people) and in your other post you cited a ticket costs $8.00 ($32 / 4 people). Which one is it?

Also, I don’t have credit card debt, student loan debt, or car debt. So explain to me how I am not spending my money wisely ? Most of the neighbors I have spoken to have all 3 types of debt.

I am talking about using Costco tickets for regal which are $15 for 2 tickets for any show other than IMAX.

My house will be paid off in 7 years too big whoop. Going to a movie here and there is not a problem like buying up a couple of sports cars and a Harley. You judgmental posts are highly ironic as people will see things you spend money on as a waste of money.

Yes, if you go to a Matinee. I guess since you have no job attending a Matinee is not a problem.

I am talking about a Friday or Saturday evening showing will run you $12.50.

I have ridden on metro from the suburbs a couple times and it is filled with incompetent people like yourself. As for me not spending money wisely…my house will be paid off in 7 years since I took a 15 year loan out.  Unlike some people that took jumbo loan out, refinancing 3 times, and treating the homes like ATMs.

Your numbers are bull. It costs $32 to go to a regal with 4 people and you do it because the big screen is different than watching it even on a 100 inch projection at home.

Also the dregs? Clearly you never have taken metro from the burbs ever. Its your fellow suburban commuters on the train.

You are one of those cranks who likes to inflate costs for the thing your rail against and under value what you spend. Last rant you talked about beer and a meal from the store vs dinning out. Beer is a waste of money and so is cheap food. You mock others money habits but you are not spending wisely you are just a cheap cromugin from what you post. You have no sense of value in how you spend money.

The movie is free, but what family is not going to buy food and drinks at the local businesses. According to the 2nd paragraph of this article that is the whole point.

Going to Regal, Cobb, etc…is a waste of money. Not to mention all the inconsiderate people that flock there who eat too loud, text, talk, smell, etc… Family of 4 is $50 in tickets only (not counting food or drink). Going every month is $600 per year.

Verizon Fios = $5 per movie per month is $60 per year.

$540 savings on movies alone per year (600-60).
My TV cost about $1,200 so after 2 years (approx) the TV is paid off.

One of the reasons I don’t take Metro into work is because I don’t want to give up the peace and quite in my car for standing room only trains filled with the dregs of society. Even though metro may cost less time and money I won’t give up the car.

Everett is always talking about people wasting money while talking about how he wastes his. How is going to a free outdoor screening more expensive than watching a TV you paid for?

Why are you so negative about how people spend their time. Just say nothing.

Spark- it is good there are people like you to stimulate the economy and waste all their paycheck on unnecessary things. We need people like you to get the economy back to where it was.

I would rather not read comments about readers who’d rather be home watching movies, rather than going outside to watch them.
Get it ?

Thank you Everett, we’d all appreciate it if you did.

I would rather watch a movie in my basement on my 60 inch LED Samsung with my lady friend . Don’t have to worry about smelly people, loud kids, crying babies, texting, etc…

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