Outdoor movie series planned for Reston parks and pools this summer

Reston residents gather for a “Movies at the Park” film screening (courtesy Reston Association)

Reston Association will kick off a summer of family-friendly outdoor movies later this month.

The first entry in the RA at the Movies series will be “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” at Browns Chapel Park on Saturday, May 18.

The theme is “Family Superhero Night” — moviegoers are encouraged to dress as the masked, pizza-loving mutant ninja turtles or another favorite superhero.

Theme nights are one way the association is building on the movie night experience, said RA communications director Cara O’Donnell. For example, a June 8 showing of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” at Lake Newport’s soccer field is billed as a “Date Night.”

The summer series will shift from land to water in July with Dive-In Movies. First, swimmers can catch “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” on July 11 at Lake Newport Pool. Then, RA at the Movies will wrap for the year on Aug. 7 with a showing of “Kung Fu Panda 4” at Lake Audubon Pool.

Started more than 20 years ago, the swimming pool-based Dive-In Movies screenings have become a staple in Reston. RA introduced Movies in the Park during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was so popular the association decided to make it a part of the summer series, according to O’Donnell.

“Movies usually have anywhere from 100 to 500 people,” she said. “We try to provide selections so that a wide range of audiences can come and enjoy throughout the summer.”

Admission is $6 for RA members, $10 for nonmembers and free for children under 3. Guests can bring their own food, but there will also be items for sale. Shows could be canceled due to inclement weather.

Tickets can be purchased through RA’s registration website and by contacting [email protected] or 703-435-6571.

The full RA at the Movies schedule is below:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Saturday, May 18
Doors open: 7:45 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Browns Chapel Park (1575 Browns Chapel Road)
Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
Saturday, June 8
Doors open: 8 p.m., show starts 8:45 p.m.
Lake Newport Soccer Field (1550 Reston Parkway)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Thursday, July 11
Doors open: 8 p.m., show starts at 8:45 p.m.
Lake Newport Pool (11601 Lake Newport Road)

Kung Fu Panda 4
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Doors open: 8 p.m., show starts at 8:45 p.m.
Lake Audubon Pool (2070 Twin Branches Road)

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