Early car reservations have ended -- but we have PLENTY of room for drive-ups!
We only took 70 car reservations per night -- but have over 120 spaces to accommodate cars. Please line up southbound on 6th Street, and we will open the lot at 8:00pm.
There is LOTS of picnic area available! Bring a blanket or pad (pavement can be hard and hot), or your own retro lawn chairs.
- 7:00 - Picnic area opens
- 8:00 - Cars without reservations admitted
- 8:45 - Lot closed
- 9:00 - Feature begins
Washington, DC has never been home to a drive-in movie experience -- until now. This summer, "DC Drive-In" will screen on Fridays at Union Market.
This unique event is unlike any other summer screening series in the District -- a full recreation of a drive-in movie experience. Watch classic Washington, D.C.-centric films on Union Market's huge 3-story wall. Enjoy pre-show festivities, including music, contests and special giveaways. And of course, dine on the fresh and fabulous offerings of Union Market's vendors -- served by rollerskating car hops!. No car? No problem -- there is also a secured picnic area on the parking lot for bikers and walkers.
DC Drive-In is free to attend.
No reservation needed for cars entering after 8:00pm.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (95 minutes)
General Jack D. Ripper plummets into madness and sends a bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. after suspecting that communists are trying to rob Americans of their precious body fluids. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Distinguished Gentleman (R, 112 minutes)
It's no longer business as usual in Washington D.C. when a con artist pulls off his biggest hustle and gets elected to the U.S. Congress! Stars Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Directed by Jonathan Lynn
The American President (PG13, 114 minutes)
A widowed US president and a lobbyist fall in love. It's all aboveboard, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway. Starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Directed by Rob Reiner, Written by Aaron Sorkin
No Way Out (R, 114 minutes)
Lt. Commander Tom Farrell is a naval intelligence officer who is given just 48 hours to locate and "silence" a witness to a brutal crime that must be covered up. Starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Directed by Roger Donaldson
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no more car reservations available. Can I still attend?
Yes, we only took reservations for a portion of the lot. At 8:00pm, we will direct cars that have been waiting in line on 6th Street (southbound) into any unfilled spaces. For safety reasons, no cars will be allowed to enter the lot after 8:45pm. Street parking around Union Market is also available, so consider parking elsewhere and watching the film from the picnic area.
What if I don't have a car?
We have a large picnic area available for walkers and bikers. We recommend arriving early to find the best spots. Blankets are highly recomended, as much of the picnic area is on pavement.
Will the films be captioned?
How will the sound work?
We have speakers for the picnic area. Cars will tune in to 88.1 FM on their radio. All films will also be captioned.
Will the market be open?
Yes! Visit one of the many Market vendors for food and drinks, or order special snacks from our rollerskating car hops. Popcorn available from DC Empanadas, frozen drinks available from Suburbia DC and more!
Can I bring my dog?
We love dogs, but wouldn't bring ours to this event. The picnic area on the pavement might be too hot for their paws, and no dogs are allowed in the Market.
What time should I arrive at Union Market for the Drive-In?
We recommend arriving early. Entertainment, contests, and more will begin at 7pm and there's plenty of food and drink available from Union Market vendors! Reservations will be valid until 8pm on the day of the show, at which time we will direct cars that have been waiting in line on 6th Street into any unfilled spaces. For safety reasons, no cars will be allowed to enter the lot after 8:45pm.
Will handicapped spaces be available?
Yes! Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
What happens if it rains?
In the case of inclement weather, we will announce any cancellations by 5pm on the day of the show. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates, or check out DCDriveIn.com.
How can I become a DC Drive-In sponsor?
Limited marketing opportunities are available. Contact email@example.com.
DC Drive-In @ Union Market is a free event, developed by Jon Gann/ReelPlan film consulting through a generous grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. ©2013 Jon Gann/ReelPlan