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Anyone who remembers spending summer evenings at the drive-in movie theater will get a chance to relive the experience with a series of outdoor movies this weekend in Rockville.

And those who don’t remember can experience it for the first time.

The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will be held Friday through Sunday evenings at the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education Building at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

The festival will feature one film each night: “The Lego Movie” on Friday, “Gravity” on Saturday and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on Sunday.

The movies will begin at 8:30 p.m., with music, food, carnival games and other entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Admission is free, but part of the money from food sales will go to National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities: the Children’s Inn, Camp Fantastic/Special Love and Friends of the Clinical Center.

The Children’s Inn in Bethesda provides a place for children getting treatment at NIH and their families to stay, while Special Love gives young patients a week to have fun and forget some of their medical problems, said Alyssa Hollander, a spokeswoman with Outdoor Movies Inc., which has organized the festival for 18 years.

Friends of the Clinical Center provides financial support for children getting treatment at NIH, she said.

The festival started on the grounds of NIH, and the first night’s screening drew about 3,500 people, said Bob Deutsch, president of Outdoor Movies.

The event also was held at Strathmore in North Bethesda before moving the grounds of the Board of Education building in Rockville.

Deutsch said he expects about 5,000 people per night this weekend.

The site provides capacity for up to 180 cars for people who want to watch from their vehicles, as well as space for people to sit on blankets or lawn chairs.

rmarshall@gazette.net