Free Outdoor Martial Arts Movies in DowntownDC This June!


Experience watching your favorite classic martial arts films outdoors set to an original, live hip-hop score this June as DowntownDC Summer Flicks & Shaolin Jazz Present Can I Kick It?

Every Tuesday in June at sunset, Freedom Plaza (13th & Pennsylvania) will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater featuring Can I Kick It?: a multimedia movie screening engagement produced by Shaolin Jazz and brought to you by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District. Each event features a classic (or cult contemporary classic) martial arts film that is scored with an original music soundtrack of hip hop, soul, and more mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones.

Event attendees are invited to begin their night at Boss Shepherd’s (13th & E Streets NW) for a special Can I Kick It? happy hour featuring event themed cocktails, or play a game of ping pong on Freedom Plaza beginning at 6 pm. A limited number of stadium cushions will be provided by Zipcar or bring your own seating. Complimentary popcorn will be available from Pret A Manger (while supplies last). 

Films will start at 8:30 pm, where audiences will be treated to cult classics: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Last Dragon; Big Trouble in Little China; and The Matrix.

Join us on this historic National Park Service site for the first Freedom Plaza movie series.

RSVP here today:

Movie Schedule:

June 6 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon– In 19th century China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives up his sword for safe keeping but it is stolen and the chase is on to find it. 

June 13- The Matrix- Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question – What is the Matrix? They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. 

June 20- The Last Dragon– Leroy Green (Taimak), a young martial artist living in New York City, trains tirelessly to attain the same level of mastery as the great Bruce Lee. One night, his life changes forever when he rescues television personality Laura Charles (Vanity) from evil businessman Eddie Arkadian (Chris Murney). 

June 27- Big Trouble in Little China– Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within and underneath, San Francisco’s Chinatown. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.

Click here to read the CAN I KICK IT? feature by NBC Washington.

This event series is made possible by additional support from Lil SoSo Productions, Listen Local First DC, 202Creates, the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs.