LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – It’s the first weekend of spring, and the tourists are beginning to descend on the nation’s capital for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Another, lesser-known tourist option is blooming in DC, too: the free movies you can check out year-round in Washington’s museums.

Starting this week, they’re coming to more locations, including night clubs and stage venues!

Here’s the full list for the week starting March 23th:


  • 2pm: A double-feature of Danny Kaye classics! Hans Christian Andersen (1952), the musical/biopic of the famed Danish fairytale writer, kicks it off. Then at 7:30, it’s On the Riviera (1951), about an American entertainer who impersonates an industrialists so well, even his wife can’t tell it’s not him. Part of “A Celebration of Danny Kaye” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 4:30pm: Daughters of the Dust (1991), a look at the Gullah culture of South Carolina during the early 20th century, also has the distinction of being the first movie directed by an African-American woman to see wide release. Part of the series “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s All the Way (2001), from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.


  • 2pm: Jiseul (2012). A story from a little-known event prior to the Korean War: an uprising and anti-Communist crackdown on Jeju Island, off the Korean Peninsula’s southern coast. Part of the 2013 Korean Film Festival and the final day of the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation’s Capital at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 4:30pm: The Fifth Season (2012). Villagers in a secluded region of Belgium resort to human sacrifice after the seasons fall out of whack. Part of the final day of the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation’s Capital, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: a double-feature of some really independent movies at the Black Cat: Dive and American Skin. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 8pm: the weekly big-screen airing of the latest episode of The Walking Dead at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike.


  • 6pm: The National Theatre’s series of Monday night free movies resumes with a series devoted to Montgomery Clift. It begins with A Place in the Sun (1951), starring Clift as a farm boy torn between his affections for Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters when he moves to the city to work for his rich uncle. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: a surprise movie from the Washington Psychotronic Film Society. All we know is, the movies this month have had a feline theme; it’s Meow Mix Month. And if it’s anything like what the WPFS usually shows, it’ll be outrageous and for adult eyes only. See what WPFS has up its sleeve at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


  • 7pm: For Women’s History Month, Bloombars will screen Faat KinĂ© (2001), the story of a single mother who finds success as a gas station manager in the male-dominated society of Dakar, Senegal. A $10 donation is requested. RSVP here. 3222 11st St. NW.


  • 6:30pm: Glory (1989), the acclaimed story of the 54th Massachusetts, the Civil War regiment made up of freed former slaves and led, first reluctantly, then proudly, by Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Denzel Washington won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in this film. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F St. NW.
  • 7pm: An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland (2013), the true story of a white woman from the segregated South who endured shootings, beatings and prison as one of the 1961 Freedom Riders. Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s yet-to-open African-American History Museum and the Arlington Public Library, it’s playing at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.


  • 6pm: Rebel: Loreta Velazquez and the Role of Women in the American Civil War (2013), a documentary about a Cuban-born spy for the Confederacy whose story is so crazy, it might or might not be true. At the American History Museum’s Warner Bros. Theater, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7:30pm: Ann Vickers (1933), the film adaptation of a Sinclair Lewis novel about a woman who becomes a prison psychologist after being spurned by her soldier sweetheart. Part of the “Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 7pm: The Black Cat’s weekly screening of Doctor Who episodes continues with Human Nature, from season 3 of the newest series. 1811 14th St. NW.

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