WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – “This Is the End” may be one of the new movies making its debut in the multiplexes this week, but when it comes to free summer movie season in and around the nation’s capital, this is only the beginning.
The National Theater is starting a new Monday night film series devoted to Jimmy Stewart, and yet more movies are showing on outdoor movie screens.
With more kids out of school, there are more opportunities to see family-friendly movies on outdoor screens, including The Lorax Saturday night in Del Ray, Madagascar 3 Sunday night at National Harbor, How to Train Your Dragon two times this week, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Friday night in Columbia, Md.
If you’d like to introduce your kids to some of the movies from your childhood, and you happen to be a child of the 80s, The Goonies is playing this Wednesday and Friday nights, The Karate Kid is also playing Wednesday night, The Princess Bride screens Thursday night indoors in Culpeper, and Willow plays Friday night in Fairfax.
And for a really unique movie viewing experience this week, Raiders of the Lost Ark is playing this Friday night on a big outdoor screen in Dupont Circle.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting June 15th:
- 2pm: Jaguar (1967), a tale of three friends who try to make it in the big city in Ghana. Preceded by the 1955 short Les Maîtres fous and followed at 4:30 by Petit à petit (1970). Part of the series “Jean Rouch in Africa” 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 “Entropy”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: The People of the Kattawapiskak River (2012), a documentary about the housing crisis faced by Cree Indians in northern Ontario. At the American Indian Museum’s Rasmuson Theater, 3rd St. and Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: The Lorax (2012), the computer-generated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic story of a peculiar old gnome who speaks for the trees in a world where they’re almost all gone. Part of Cinema Del Ray at the Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, Va.
- 7:30pm: The Wright Brothers and the First Military Airplane. A documentary compiled from footage of Orville and Wilbur Wright demonstrating the first military aircraft at Fort Myer, Virginia, in 1909. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), the sleeper hit about a Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man and tries to fit him in with her crazy, big Greek family. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: 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.
- 4:30pm: Journal de France (2012), a documentary/love letter to France spanning about a half century. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Rocky (1976), Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar-winning story of the ultimate underdog prize fighter trained on the mean streets of Philadelphia. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 20 minutes after sunset: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012), the latest in the series of movies about a gang of zoo animals on the run. This time, they find themselves tagging along with a circus traveling through the European countryside. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: Rear Window (1954). The National Theater kicks off a summertime series of Monday night free movies devoted to Jimmy Stewart with this Alfred Hitchcock classic about a photographer who thinks he may have seen a murder while tied to his wheelchair. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Robot Holocaust (1986), a straight-to-video schlockfest about a post-apocalyptic drifter who leads a slave revolt against the evil rulers of the power station where they labor. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: How to Train Your Dragon (2010), the computer-animated tale of a wimpy young Viking who shows his elders that the dragons they’ve been fighting for centuries aren’t so bad after all. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: White Heat (1949), starring James Cagney as a crazed criminal with a mother complex who escapes from prison and mounts a daring heist. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: The King’s Speech (2010), the Oscar-winning story of King George VI and his struggle to overcome a debilitating stutter and make a crucial wartime speech. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 2pm: 27 Dresses (2008), starring Katherine Heigl as a young woman who really is always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Playing at the Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: On the Trail of My Father: The Lucky Dube Story (2008), a documentary about a man who comes to grips with the violent death of his father, South African reggae star Lucky Dube. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 7pm: How to Train Your Dragon (2010). If you missed it in Columbia, you can catch it in NoMa as part of Family Night at Sursum Corda. Playing at the Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 8:30pm: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), starring Spencer Tracy as a mysterious man who arrives in a southwest US town in search of a Japanese-American who’d been interned during World War II. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12pm: La vie est belle (1987), a look at the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa. Playing at the African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: The Goonies (1985), the Richard Donner-directed classic about a group of suburban kids who embark on an adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 8:30pm: The Karate Kid (1984), starring Ralph Macchio as a bullied new kid in town and Pat Morita as the elderly janitor who teaches him to defend himself. Part of the Summer Drive-In Movie Series at Family Meal, 880 N. East St., Frederick, Md.
- 8:30pm: A Bronx Tale (1993), starring Robert DeNiro as a father who tries to protect his son from the lure of the local gangster in the 1960s Bronx. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: Skyfall (2012), James Bond’s latest adventure starring Daniel Craig as 007 and Javier Bardem as perhaps his most challenging adversary: a former 00 agent who feels betrayed by M. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 7:30pm: The Princess Bride (1987), the instant fairy tale classic starring Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup, Cary Elwes as the farmboy-turned-pirate who wins her heart, Mandy Patinkin as a Spanish swordsman bent on avenging his father’s death, and more in a tale of Rats of Unusual Size, Cliffs of Insanity and other inconceivable sights and sounds. Part of the “Another Bride, Another June” series at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Cujo (1983), the frightening adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a rabid Saint Bernard that terrorizes a Maine town. Part of the “Pup Tense” film series at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave. SW.
- 8:30pm: The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), starring the iconic color-barrier-breaking baseball star as himself. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sunset: Batman and Robin (1997), perhaps the low point of the pre-Christopher Nolan Batman films, starring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader and Chris O’Donnell as his young ward, butting heads with each other while battling Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). 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 Doctor’s Daughter”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: Broken Hearts & Butterflies (2012), a documentary about the reunion of the filmmaker with her long lost foster sister. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 7pm: Motorway (2012), a Fast-and-Furious-like movie about a rookie cop who goes undercover to go after illegal street racers. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: The Goonies (1985). If you missed it on Wednesday in NoMa, see it as part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Mamma Mia! (2008), the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical based on ABBA’s song catalog, about a bride-to-be looking for her real father on a lush tropical island. Part of the “Another Bride, Another June” series at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Willow (1988), starring Warwick Davis as a dwarf who reluctantly protects a special baby from an evil queen. Part of Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Drive, Fairfax, Va.
- 8pm: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), the final chapter of the epic series about the boy wizard and his battle against the evil wizard Who Shall Not Be Named. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: A Shot in the Dark (1964), the first sequel to Pink Panther starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the movie that introduced the world to the rugged archaeologist Indiana Jones and his quest for the ancient Ark of the Covenant. Playing at Dupont Circle Park as part of Cinema at the Circle.
- Around dusk: Easy A (2010), starring Emma Stone as a clean-cut high school student who rides the school rumor mill to greater social standing. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
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