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You hear it on radio and TV ads all the time, this time of year: “Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.” Well, this week, it’s true!

If you haven’t already made plans and you consider yourself a cheap date, you’re in luck. This week’s list of free movies in the DC area includes a handful of romantic options, starting on Tuesday.

Most of them may require a long drive, but you do have options inside the District, as well.

And this week, there are free movies every day of the week. Here’s the list, starting February 9th:

Saturday:

  • 6pm: Arabia Uncovered (2013). A sneak preview of the documentary about Saudi Arabia’s ancient history, before it airs on the Smithsonian Channel. Limited walk-up tickets available starting at 4:30. At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 7:30pm: Beau Geste (1926). Paramount’s biggest hit of that year, it stars Ronald Colman as a British man who joins the French Foreign Legion, only to find more danger from his commander than the Arabs he’s supposed to be fighting in north Africa. With live music by Andrew Simpson, at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: The Last Step (2012). An encore screening of the Iranian film about a woman who comes to grips with her loveless marriage following her husband’s sudden death. Part of the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 4:30pm: Cravan vs. Cravan (2002). A biopic about poet/boxer Arthur Cravan, a nephew of Oscar Wilde who established a flamboyant persona in Paris before mysteriously disappearing in the Gulf of Mexico in 1918. Part of the series Isaki Lacuesta: The Artist’s Ruse at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.

Monday:

  • 8pm: Bone (1972). Starring Yaphet Kotto as a would-be robber who finds appearances can be deceiving in Beverly Hills. Part of the Washington Psychotropic Film Society’s salute to Black History Month, at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday:

  • 7:30pm: Roxanne (1987), starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah in the modern-day retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Part of the “Reel Love” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Wednesday:

  • 7pm: When China Met Africa (2010). A look at China’s huge investment in Africa through the stories of three people: a Chinese agricultural entrepreneur, the manager of a Chinese highway builder, and the trade minister of Zambia. Co-director Nick Francis will take questions after the screening via Skype, at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 7:30pm: I Love You Again (1940). A con man in the midst of a divorce suffers amnesia, and falls in love with his soon-to-be-ex. Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy in a non-Thin Man vehicle. Part of the “Reel Love” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Thursday:

  • 7pm: Samba on Your Feet (2006), a short documentary about the growth of samba and Carnival in Rio de Janiero. Includes a Q&A via Skype with director Eduardo Montes-Bradley. At Bloombars, 3222 11st St. NW. A $10 donation suggested. RSVP here.
  • 7:30pm: Somewhere in Time (1980). Starring Christopher Reeve as a playwright who becomes obsessed with a picture of a turn-of-the-20th-century actress (Jane Seymour) and uses a special penny to travel back in time to her. Part of the “Reel Love” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 12pm: Debrief: Apollo 8 (1968) and The Flight of Apollo 11: Eagle Has Landed are among the films that’ll be shown at the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater in the program From the Vaults: Apollo to the Moon. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: No Men Allowed (2011). An Iranian rom-com about students at a strict all-girl’s school who try to play matchmaker with their headmistress, after the school welcomes its first male teacher. Part of the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
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