WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – We’re heading right into the heart of summer blockbuster season not just in the multiplexes, but on the free outdoor movie screens, too.
A couple more summer film festivals are starting this week, including Crystal Screen: Blockbusters in Crystal City on Monday, and the Golden Cinema series of classic films playing outside the Heurich House Museum near Dupont Circle.
This week’s slate of films includes two chances to see the Pixar hit Brave after the sun goes down, plus E.T. on Monday night, The Princess Bride on Wednesday night, Green Lantern on Thursday night, and practically a multiplex’s worth of old favorites on Friday night.
Or, if art-house is more your cup of tea, the Hirshhorn is screening a concert film tied to the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle this week, and the Freer Gallery is opening the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong movie festival this Friday night.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting June 1st:
- 1pm: La Belle et la Bête (1946), the classic French adaptation of the fairy tale of a beautiful woman who takes her father’s place as the prisoner of a vicious beast, only to find the tortured prince living within that ghastly exterior. Part of the “Foreigh Film Series” at the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Hell’s Bells”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7:30pm: Spring Parade (1940), a romantic comedy starring Deanna Durbin as a Hungarian peasant woman who buys a fortune teller’s card and sees her dreams of love come true. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Forrest Gump (1994), starring Tom Hanks as the intellectually challenged man who seems to be in all the right places in late 20th century American history. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Keeping the Faith (2000), a romantic comedy about a young rabbi (Ben Stiller), a young priest (Edward Norton), and the childhood friend who’s the object of both their affections (Jenna Elfman). Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 20 minutes after sunset: Brave (2012), the latest Disney/Pixar classic about a headstrong Scottish princess who butts heads with her mother over her duty to herself and her clan. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 8:30pm: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), starring James Cagney as a gangster who tries to recruit six young boys into a life of crime, unless a childhood friend who’s now a priest can stop him. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Steven Spielberg’s classic tale of a boy and his space alien. It kicks off Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Louise-Michel (2008), a very black comedy about a couple of fired children’s clothes factory workers who conspire to put a hit out on their boss. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: You’ve Got Mail (1998), with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in a rom-com for the dot-com era. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12pm: Soul Power (2008), a documentary about the Zaire 74 concert that accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. At the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: The Princess Bride (1987). Care to see a movie outdoors with a handsome farmboy, a princess looking for “twue wove,” a gentle giant, a swashbucking Spaniard and a six-fingered assassin? As you wish. It’s part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 8:30pm: Pretty Woman (1990), starring Julia Roberts as the hooker with a heart of gold and Richard Gere as the wealthy man who sweeps her off her feet. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: A series of newly-preserved silent films, including one starring famed Moulin Rouge singer Mistinguett, will be screened at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: The Breed (2006), the gory debut film from director Nicholas Mastandrea about a group of college kids who find a pack of ravenous inhabitants on a supposedly deserted island. Part of the “Pup Tense” film series at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave. SW.
- 8:30pm: In the Heat of the Night (1967), starring Sidney Poitier as a police detective fighting racism while trying to solve a murder in the deep south. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sunset: Green Lantern (2011), starring Ryan Reynolds as the comic book test pilot who gains superpowers when he slips on an alien ring. Part of the “DC vs. Marvel” themed Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies at Canal Park, 2nd St. and M St. SE.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “The Sontaran Stratagem”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: The Bullet Vanishes (2012), a 1920s-era Sherlock Holmes-style murder mystery wrapped up in a ghost story in a Hong Kong munitions factory. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: Back to the Future (1985), starring Marty McFly as the kid in the time traveling DeLorean who has to travel to the 1950s to save himself from being “erased from existence.” Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: The Family Secret (1924), the story of a little girl born in prison who helps bring her broken family together. One of the few surviving films starring then-famous child star “Baby Peggy.” Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Casablanca (1942), the legendary film starring Humphrey Bogart as the American juke joint owner in Morocco and Ingrid Bergman as the old flame who walks back into his life during World War II. Part of the Golden Cinema series at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Something’s Gotta Give (2003), starring Jack Nicholson as a senior citizen with a taste for younger women, and Diane Keaton as the older woman he finds himself falling in love with. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Around dusk: Risky Business (1983), starring Tom Cruise as a high school kid looking for all the wrong kind of fun while his parents are out of town. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
- Around dusk: Brave (2012). If you missed it at National Harbor on Sunday, you get another chance to see it in Fairfax tonight. It’s playing as part of Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Drive, Fairfax, Va.