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Drive-in movies are coming to Tysons Corner Center on Friday.

While the movies are free, Tysons Corner Center is asking people to donate $25 to Second Story, a local nonprofit that helps people seeking food, shelter and emergency support. People can donate by texting “2SGIVE” to 50155 or on Second Story’s website.

The series, which is sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, will run from July-September, according to the mall’s website.

Moviegoers can expect a different film on the second weekend of each month:

  • Friday, July 10: “The Sandlot”
  • Friday, August 14: “Aladdin”
  • Saturday, Sept. 12: “Mrs. Doubtfire”

People must reserve spots because of limited space along Fashion Blvd between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, according to the mall’s website.

The drive-in will open at 6 p.m. ahead of the screening at 8:30 p.m. The mall’s website is encouraging moviegoers to shop and eat at the mall, listen to live music and stay at the Hyatt Regency.

With restrictions on movie theaters due to the pandemic, several drive-in movies have popped up around Tysons this summer, including at the McLean Metro lot, The Boro and the Mosaic District.

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The “Tysons After Dark” series highlights different activities that keep people busy once the sun goes down. 

Movie-goers have three different drive-in movie options this summer in the Tysons area.

The various screenings recommend that people get their tickets sooner rather than later due to limited capacity. Here’s where people can find the drive-in movies and which dates still have tickets available.

Mosaic District 

Tonight, drive-in movies kick off at the Mosaic District with “Captain Marvel.”

People must stay in their vehicles on the seventh floor of the Market parking lot to watch the movies, which will have captions and audio via an FM transmitter on the radio. Movie-theater inspired fare from Alta Strada will be available to order.

While tickets have sold out for tonight’s show and the double feature — “Toy Story 4” and “Jurassic Park” — on Friday, July 24, tickets have not gone on sale for the yet-to-be-announced films on Friday, Aug. 28.

The Boro

Last week, The Boro started off its four-week-long screenings with “Dreamgirls.” The drive-in at The Boro has a pedestrian-only section along with spaces for cars and offers extended restaurant outdoor seating and live entertainment.

“The entire series is sold out, but we are opening a limited number of spots to each upcoming movie at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning!” a post on The Boro’s Facebook page said on Tuesday. Tysons Reporter previously wrote about the full line-up of family-friendly films.

Capital One Center

Capital One Center will soon have drive-in movies from July 11 to Aug. 2 to fundraise for Second Story, a local nonprofit that helps people seeking food, shelter and emergency support.

While the movies at the McLean Metro lot (1820 Dolley Madison Blvd) are free, Capital One is asking people to make a $25 donation when they register.

“How to Train Your Dragon,” which is the series’ first movie on Saturday, July 11, still has available slots. The movies for July 12 ad July 18-19 are sold out.

Registration will open on July 13 for:

  • Saturday, July 25: “Shrek”
  • Sunday, July 26: “A League of Their Own”
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: “Footloose”

Food will be available from Curbside Kitchen. Movie-goers must stay in their vehicles.

Photo via The Boro Tysons/Facebook

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Drive-in movies are coming to Tysons outside Capital One for four weeks this summer.

While the movies are free, Capital One Center is encouraging moviegoers to make a $25 donation to Second Story, a local nonprofit that helps people seeking food, shelter and emergency support. People can also text “MOVIES” to 50155 to make a donation.

Here is the line-up:

  • Saturday, July 11: “How to Train Your Dragon”
  • Sunday, July 12: “Pitch Perfect”
  • Saturday, July 18: “Men in Black”
  • Sunday, July 19: “Grease”
  • Saturday, July 25: “Shrek”
  • Sunday, July 26: “A League of Their Own”
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: “Footloose”

The movies will take place at the McLean Metro lot (1820 Dolley Madison Blvd) from 7-11:30 p.m.

Moviegoers are asked to register in advance due to limited space. People will be able to get food at the movies from Curbside Kitchen.

More from the event page:

In addition to following and enforcing CDC guidelines, our event guidelines are approved by local county officials. No smoking, alcohol and drugs are permitted.

Parking has a limited capacity to ensure proper distance between cars, and guests must stay in their vehicles (except for bathroom usage). Restrooms and hand-washing stations will be provided and sanitized consistently throughout the event.

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The full list of movies for The Boro’s new drive-in series has been released.

On Monday, The Boro announced the drive-in movies on Facebook. The four-week-long series kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with “Dreamgirls.”

Here is the full line-up:

  • Friday, June 19: “Dreamgirls”
  • Saturday, June 20: “Grease”
  • Thursday, June 25: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
  • Friday, June 26: “Back to the Future Part 1”
  • Saturday, June 27: “Back to the Future Part 2”
  • Thursday, July 2: “Batman”
  • Friday, July 3: “Mission Impossible 3”
  • Thursday, July 9: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
  • Friday, July 10: “Star Trek”
  • Saturday, July 11: “Jurassic Park”

The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movies will start at 8:30 p.m. People can reserve a vehicle or non-vehicle spot for $20.

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Starting next week, people can head to the Mosaic District for drive-in movies.

The summer movie series will kick off on Friday, June 26, with “Captain Marvel,” according to a press release. People can expect a different movie on the fourth Friday of every month from June to August.

The drive-in series plans to screen “Toy Story 4” and “Jurassic Park” on July 24. The double features for Aug. 28 have not been announced yet.

People will be able to watch the movies from the seventh floor of the Market parking lot across from Moms Organic, according to the press release, which added that all of the films will have closed captioning.

Safety measures that movie-goers must follow include:

  • remaining in their cars at all times
  • designating one person per car to pick up food orders
  • only one person at a time can use the restrooms by using a text alert system

Each car will have a $28 parking fee and people will listen to the movie audio via an FM transmitter on the radio. The Mosaic District urges people to buy tickets in advance because space is limited to 75 cars.

As for food and beverages, Mosaic District is partnering with Alta Strada to offer a movie theater-inspired menu with hot dogs, popcorn and sodas, the press release said.

“All guests who order directly from the Alta Strada website will receive a complimentary bombolini or tiramisu upon selecting the ‘Free Gift’ option at checkout,” the press release said. “Other restaurants will participate in the later showings.”

The Mosaic District drive-in series follows the announcement from The Boro that the new Tysons development will also offer drive-in movies. The Boro’s series will feature movies for four weeks, starting this Friday, June 19.

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People in the Tysons area now have an option to leave their homes to watch movies this summer.

The Boro announced yesterday on Facebook that drive-in movies will be available for four weeks, starting this Friday.

“A section of Boro Place will be pedestrian-only with extended restaurant outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment from 7-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,” the Facebook post said.

This weekend, the drive-in series will screen “Dreamgirls” on Friday (June 19), followed by “Grease” on Saturday. Upcoming movies haven’t been announced yet for the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 25
  • Friday, June 26
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Friday, July 3
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Friday, July 10
  • Saturday, July 11

People are encouraged to reserve tickets because space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets cost $20 for a vehicle or non-vehicle space for up to four people. People can bring blankets and chairs.

The gates will open at 7 p.m. ahead of the 8:30 p.m. showing time, according to The Boro. Restrooms will be available at the site.

“We ask you to stay in your vehicle for the duration of the event, unless needing to access the restrooms or Boro Place,” according to the Facebook event page.

ShowPlace ICON in Tysons is sponsoring the films, while DC Fray & District Fray Magazine are handling production, according to the post.

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Falls Church Eatery Facing Eviction — “The Falls Church location of Hot N Juicy Crawfish is staring down an eviction lawsuit filed on June 1… The governor of the commonwealth put a moratorium on evictions earlier this week, but it only applies to residential tenants. The family-run business now finds itself fighting for its future in the neighborhood.” [Washington City Paper]

Farmers Markets Are Back — The McLean Farmers Market opens today and the Vienna Farmers Market returns on Saturday. [Tysons Reporter]

It’s Almost Showtime — “Just last week, AMC Theatres said it had ‘substantial doubt’ that the company could keep operating if pandemic-related closures continued. However, the company announced Tuesday it expects to reopen almost all of its locations worldwide by mid-July.” [Patch]

Law Enforcement Legislation — “Lawmakers in Virginia will take up the issue of police reform when they meet in a special session later this summer. The legislature joins the growing ranks of jurisdictions in the Washington region that are planning on tackling an issue that has taken increased urgency in the wake of widespread national protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.” [DCist]

Test Backlog — “State health officials announced Monday that 13,000 test results backlogged at the health department will be added to data tables that are updated daily to reflect the number of COVID-19 tests and cases in the state. Staff had prioritized positive test results, according to the statement, so the backlog largely includes negative test results.” [Inside NoVa]

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Movie theaters and performing arts venues in the Tysons area have shut down the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The temporary closures come on the heels of the White House recommending that gatherings with 10 people or more be avoided.

Yesterday (Tuesday), Gov. Ralph Northam issued an order “that allows law enforcement to enforce a ban that prohibits more than 10 patrons in places such as restaurants, fitness centers and theaters,” Inside NoVa reported.

The newly opened Showplace Icon (1667 Silver Hill Drive) in The Boro is now “temporarily closed until further notice,” according to its website.

Over at Tysons Corner Center, which is open with reduced hours, AMC Tysons Corner 16 “is temporarily closed in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines,” according to the AMC website.

“It will re-open when those guidelines allow,” the site said. “Please continue to check back here for updates.”

Yesterday, the Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District announced a temporary closure.

“The health and well-being of our guests and our theater teams is our top priority, and we believe that this step will be the most effective way to both retain that priority and mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” says a note on the theater’s website.

The theater did not say when it plans to reopen.

Tickets bought in advance –either from Angelika or from a third-party vendor — for movie showtimes that won’t play due to the closure can be refunded.

Performing arts-goers will have to wait to watch their next play or concert in the Tysons area.

Tysons’ 1st Stage Theatre announced yesterday that it’s suspending upcoming productions.

Plans for the theater’s upcoming production of “A New Brain,” which was set to run March 26-April 19, are uncertain at this point.

The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center is closed until April 12.

Wolf Trap is postponing all of its performances, classes and events between March 13-31.

“We are working with the artists to reschedule their performances for future dates and will share that information as it becomes available,” according to Wolf Trap’s website. “All current tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performances.”

All of the public shows between now and April 3 are postponed at The State Theatre in Falls Church.

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The Studio Movie Grill at Founders Row in Falls Church will likely become more colorful with the installation of a new mural project.

Proposed themes include a collage of the universe, diverse individuals and storytelling images like film, according to the city documents, which added the dimensions will be roughly 128 by 38 feet.

“Rooted in the inclusive spirit of the community and history of Falls Church, the design’s whimsical vignettes illustrate the process of artistic ideation, creation, and interaction,” the city documents said about the art.

The mixed-use development, which is currently under construction at the corner of W. Broad and N. West streets, will include luxury apartments, retail space, the 4,693-square-foot movie theater and a 9,476-square-foot City Works Eatery and Pour House.

Though in the early stages, the proposed mural is tentatively scheduled to come back to the Planning Commission for a public hearing in June.

It is unclear when the mural will be completed.

Rendering via JBG Smith, images (2) via City of Falls Church

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Showplace Icon doesn’t officially open until March 6, but the new theater in Tysons is offering free movies starting today before its grand opening.

Earlier this week, Tysons Reporter got a tour of the 72,000-square-foot theater (1667 Silver Hill Drive) in The Boro development near the Greensboro Metro station.

The theater has 14 auditoriums ranging in size with seating for 1,795 people. Inside the auditoriums, the recliners turn into love seats when the armrest is up and people can warm up with the seat heaters.

The theaters are split between two floors. Along the hallways, movie-goers can spot posters of films from 1963 — the same year the Leesburg Pike and Route 123 interchange contract was awarded, morphing the country crossroads into an urban area.

People can dine at the ICON Bistro and The Lobby Lounge and bring food, like bacon popcorn, into the auditoriums.

A spokesperson for the theater told Tysons Reporter that the goal with the dining options is to appeal to non-movie-goers as well.

During the theater’s soft opening from today (Friday, Feb. 28) until Wednesday (March 4), people who are Extra Club Members — a free membership available online — will be able to watch free movies with free popcorn and drinks. (There’s also a paid membership option as well for people who want more perks.)

The movies on the big screen for Friday-Sunday include:

  • “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”
  • “1917”
  • “The Gentlemen”
  • “Little Women”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Frozen 2”
  • “Jumanji: The Next Level”
  • “Knives Out”
  • “Ford v. Ferrari”
  • “Uncut Gems”
  • “Just Mercy”
  • “Dolittle”

Tickets are available an hour before each movie and must be reserved in person, according to the theater’s website.

This will be the movie theater chain’s seventh location, according to a press release.

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