See Movies Free of Charge Under the Stars
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Now that Tropical Storm Andrea is a distant memory up the East Coast, cinephiles are hoping for better weather this week.
Even more free outdoor summer movie festivals are getting under way this week, including one on Sunday nights at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, and another every Wednesday night this summer at Rockville Town Square.
The hits keep on coming at the outdoor screens, including Back to the Future this Sunday, The Social Network on Monday, The Italian Job on Wednesday, Iron Man on Thursday, and Groundhog Day is one of several options on Friday.
As far as indoor offerings go, the annual Made in Hong Kong series continues this week at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery; a new monthly series of films devoted to Jane Austen begins this Wednesday at Dumbarton House in Georgetown; and there’s a special screening of this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short, created by a filmmaking couple from the DC area.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting June 8th:
- 3:30pm: a selection of winning documentary and experimental shorts from the 31st annual Black Maria Festival, named for Thomas Edison’s groundbreaking movie studio in New Jersey. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s 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 “Normal Again”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7:30pm: Pauline at the Beach (1983), a French film about a teenage girl’s amorous encounter with her older, divorced cousin during a summertime vacation. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus.19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Terms of Endearment (1983), the classic tearjerker starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as a mother and daughter in a serious love-hate relationship. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: The Bullet Vanishes (2012), a repeat screening of the 1920s-era Sherlock Holmes-style Hong Kong murder mystery. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 4:30pm: In Search of Haydn (2012), a feature-length documentary about the Austrian “father of the string quartet.” Followed by a sneak peek at the forthcoming “In Search of Chopin” by the Haydn director Phil Grabsky. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: The Professionals (1966), a Western starring Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin as two experts hired by an arrogant Texas millionaire to rescue his kidnapped wife from Mexico. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave.NW.
- After sunset: Back to the Future (1985), the 80s time travel classic starring Michael J. Fox as a teen who rides a DeLorean into the 50s so he won’t be “erased from existence.” It kicks off the Lake Anne Plaza Summer Film Festival,1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.
- 20 minutes after sunset: The Lorax (2012), the computer-generated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale of a cantankerous creature who speaks for the trees after they’re almost all gone. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 8pm: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), a Roger Corman-directed B movie classic starring Don Rickles and Ray Milland as a scientist whose X-ray vision serum allows him to see a little too much. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), starring Humphrey Bogart as a gold prospector in the Mexican mountains. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: The Social Network (2010), starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: The Maltese Falcon (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart as no-nonsense gumshoe Sam Spade, whose investigation into his partner’s murder leads to a search for a priceless bird statuette. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 6:30pm: Inocente (2012). The winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, the film follows a woman in the US illegally who overcomes homelessness to follow her dream of becoming an artist. Directed by DC-area filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine. Playing at the Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave.NW.
- 7pm: The Italian Job (2003), starring Mark Wahlberg as the leader of a team of thieves who plan one last heist against an old ally who left them for dead. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 7:30pm: Becoming Jane (2007), starring Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, before she became the legendary author we all know. It kicks off the Jane Austen Film Festival at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.
- 8:30pm: As Good As It Gets (1997), starring Jack Nicholson as an embittered author who can’t help but let Helen Hunt into his heart. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: The Lorax (2012). If you missed it at National Harbor, you can see it tonight at Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 7:30pm: Father of the Bride (1950), starring Spencer Tracy as a father whose life is turned upside down when his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) announces she’s engaged. Part of the “Another Bride, Another June” series at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus.19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Man’s Best Friend (1993), starring Ally Sheedy as a TV reporter who adopts a Tibetan mastiff that she doesn’t realize has been genetically altered to kill. Part of the “Pup Tense” film series at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave. SW.
- 8:30pm: Body Heat (1981), a neo-noir about a murder for hire in swampy Florida. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner,5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sunset: Iron Man (2008), the franchise-setting blockbuster starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the billionaire playboy in an indestructible suit. 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 Poison Sky”, from season 4.1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: Vulgaria (2012), a comedy about a down-on-his-luck movie producer who’s lured into making an adult film for a triad leader. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: Groundhog Day (1993), starring Bill Murray as an arrogant TV weatherman who’s forced to relive the same day over and over again in Punxsutawney, Pa. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), with Harrison Ford in the title role as the archaeology professor/adventurer who teams with his father (Sean Connery) in a quest for the Holy Grail. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Rear Window (1954), the Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Jimmy Stewart as an injured photographer who’s convinced he’s witnessed a murder in his neighbor’s apartment. Part of the Golden Cinema series at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Back to School (1987), starring Rodney Dangerfield as a loutish self-made millionaire who wreaks havoc on his son’s college when he decides to enroll as America’s oldest freshman. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave.NW.
- Around dusk: Can’t Buy Me Love (1987), starring Patrick Dempsey as a nerd who pays the prettiest girl in school $1,000 to be his girlfriend. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.