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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - If you’re a fan of classic movies, but not a fan of paying for tickets to see them on the big screen, this is your week.

You’ve got your pick of classic family films, B-movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, two films starring Katharine Hepburn, and much more to choose from.

For fans of independent and world music, there are also a couple of out-of-the-way concert films that may be worth checking out as well.

Here’s the full list of free movies showing on museum screens in and around Washington for the week starting April 20th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: Free Willy (1993), the now-classic tale of a boy and his orca. It was the last film shown at Culpeper’s historic State Theatre before it closed its doors. Now that the old moviehouse is restored, it’ll play as part of the “Salute to the State Theatre” at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 2pm: A third set of short films will be screened as part of the National Gallery of Art’s series L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. In the East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Wrecked”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.

Sunday:

  • 1pm: A double feature of award-winning domestic dramas concludes the 2013 Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. Sleepless Night (2012) is a portrait of a married couple contemplating bringing a baby into the mix. That’s followed at 2:30 by Juvenile Offender (2012), about a troubled teen who reunites with the mother who gave him up for adoption. 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 4pm: A double-feature of films from the Universal Pictures vaults. Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) stars W.C. Fields in his final role as a zany screenwriter who gets into a string of crazy antics. At 5:30 Cobra Woman (1944) stars Universal’s “Queen of Technicolor” Maria Montez in two roles: the good princess Tollea and her evil twin Naja, ruler of Cobra Island. Part of the “Universal at 100″ series at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.

Monday:

  • 6pm: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) stars Montgomery Clift as a doctor who’s asked to lobotomize a beautiful young woman, to cover up the truth about her cousin’s death. Also starring Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Part of the series “Montgomery Clift: American Enigma” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 6:45pm: Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love (2008), a documentary covering two years of the legendary Senegalese singer as he tours the world. Part of the Hyattsville Independent Film Series at the Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, Md.
  • 8pm: Ninjas vs. Zombies (2008). Honestly, does it need an explanation? Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: Alpha Dogs (2013), a National Geographic Channel episode about a police and military K-9 dog training facility. Part of the Tuesdays at Noon series at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW.
  • 7pm: Vegucated (2011), an award-winning documentary that follows three carnivorous New Yorkers as they go vegan for six weeks. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.

Wednesday:

  • 6:30pm: A selection of films by visual artist Nam June Paik will be screened at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F St. NW.

Thursday:

  • 6:30pm: 1932, Scars of Memory (2003), a documentary about the repressed 1932 uprising of poor farmers in western El Salvador and its influence on starting the Salvadoran civil war a generation later. At the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater, 3rd St. & Independence Ave. SW.
  • 7:30pm: A silent double-feature at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater. Camille (1921) stars Rudolph Valentino as a law student who becomes the object of a courtesan’s affection. A Gentleman of Paris (1927) follows a marquis who falls in and out of affairs with other men’s wives. Part of the “April in Paris” series at the Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: Turning (2012), a concert film by Charles Atlas following the indie rock group Antony and the Johnsons and the 13 transsexual women who performed with them on their 2–6 European tour. At the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave. SW.

Friday:

  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “The Sound of Drums”, from season 3. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7:30pm: Little Women (1933), the classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about the March sisters, who look after each other while their father is away in the Civil War. Starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo March. Part of the series “Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
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