Memorial Day is behind us which means summer has finally begun! That means LOTS of outdoors movie festivals are kicking off, in NoMa, at the Mosaic District, the Capital Riverfront, in the Heurich House Museum courtyard, on Harrison Field near U Street… pretty much all over the city 😉 But let’s face it, it’s HOT in D.C. in the summer (well, at least it usually is… we’re obviously having a pretty mild season right now…) and while outdoor movie screenings are fun, sometimes it’s nice to be inside where there’s air conditioning. Add half price champagne cocktails, crispy fried calamari, croque monsieur croquettes and hand-cut fries and you’ve got a winning combination in my (French) books! Especially when the films shown are all French too!
Napoleon Bistro and Lounge has hosted French movie nights in the past but I love the line-up this season. The first Summer Movie Night of the season is this Thursday (May 30th 2013) with the screening in the Champagne Lounge of Poupoupidou, a thriller about a crime-fiction writer investigating the death of a local TV star who believed she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. I haven’t seen this particular film, so I don’t know if it’s any good but I have seen some of the other movies that will be screened later on in the summer and there’s a little something for everyone. L’Exercise de l’Etat (Thursday, June 27th) should please politically-savvy DC audiences. D’amour et d’eau fraiche (Thursday, July 25) is a romantic drama and La Vie de Chateau (Thursday, August 30th) is a classic 1965 wartime comedy, set in occupied France, starring Catherine Deneuve and Philipe Noiret. All films will have English subtitles and all screenings will start at 7PM (but guests can arrive as early as 6:30PM to grab a seat and mingle with other francophiles and French film aficionados).
Napoleon Bistro and Lounge is located at 1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington. All screenings will be in the Champagne Lounge, the last Thursday of every month starting this Thursday, May 30th, at 6:30PM (movie starts at 7PM though). In addition to happy hour specials offered throughout the screening, they have a fabulous French menu too!