No Need to ‘Rush’ to Packed Movie Theaters; Spare Time, Money
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The new Ron Howard movie Rush hits theaters this weekend, but if you’re in no hurry to pay full price to go to the movies, a few outdoor movie festivals from the summer have been extended into the fall.
Also, a weekly film series devoted to Joan Crawford continues this week at the National Theatre, the National Geographic Museum is resuming its Tuesdays at Noon series, and a special screening of “Casablanca” is being held at the historic State Theatre in Culpeper.
Keep in mind, though, because the “Casablanca” screening is being conducted by the Library of Congress, that and other library productions could be canceled if Congress can’t reach an agreement on a spending plan and the government shuts down on October 1st.
Barring that, here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Sept. 28th:
- 11am: The Color Purple (1985). Whoopi Goldberg plays a woman struggling to find dignity and strength as an African-American woman early in the 20th century. Part of Banned Books Week at the Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave., SE. Also screening at 2pm at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW.
- 1pm: Fahrenheit 451 (1966). Ray Bradbury’s dystopian vision of firefighters burning books. L Part of Banned Books Week at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
- 2pm: Life Kills Me = La Vida Me Mata (2007). A low-budget moviemaker befriends a morbid drifter at a funeral. Part of the Global Lens film series at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW.
- 2pm: a double-feature of films by the early director Rouben Mamoulian. Applause (1929), followed at 4pm by Love Me Tonight. Part of the series “Rouben Mamoulian: Making Movies Musical” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Despicable Me (2010). A criminal supervillain discovers his soft side. Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7pm: Ghostbusters (1984). Three fired professors find an interesting fall-back plan: finding and trapping unwanted spirits. Part of Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
- 7:30pm: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). An aging schoolteacher recalls his life. Part of the “Back to School” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Key Largo (1948). Bogart and Bacall in the Florida Keys. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: Breaking Away (1979). A bicycling-obsessed teen tries to impress a girl. Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd., NE.
- 10pm: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Britain’s silliest comedy troupe does King Arthur. Playing at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
- 2pm: The Outrage (1964). Rashomon as a Western: witnesses to a murder have very different views of the crime. Part of the series “Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. and Jefferson Dr. SW.
- 4pm: Blood and Sand (1941). Rita Hayworth stars in this story of the rise and fall of a matador. Part of the series “Rouben Mamoulian: Making Movies Musical” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Rhythms of the Universe. A musical collaboration featuring Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who will appear at the screening at the National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. and 6th St., SW. Reserve tickets here.
- 8pm: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Matthew Broderick skips school with style. Part of Sunday Night Cinema at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: Rebecca (1940). A new bride is haunted by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Les Miserables (2012). The acclaimed film version of the epic Broadway musical. A Monday matinee at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 4pm: A teen movie at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (1997). Queen Victoria enters a scandalous relationship with her Scottish servant. The Fiction Lover’s Film Companion at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 6pm: Possessed (1947). An unstable woman’s obsession with her ex-lover. Part of the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 8pm: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1969). A serial killer finds easy targets as owner of a bridal shop. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Working Girl (1988). A secretary pretends to be her boss. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12pm: The Amazing Dr. Pol (2013). A Michigan veterinarian takes all comers, from house pets to farm animals. Free with admission to the National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St., NW.
- 2pm: The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009). Being an involuntary time traveler can put a strain on a marriage. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: About 111 Girls (2012). An Iranian government official travels to Kurdistan to try to stop 111 spinsters from committing mass suicide. Part of the Global Lens series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
- 6:30pm: Romeo and Juliet (1936). Starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer as the star-crossed lovers. Part of “Shakespeare in the Park… er… Garden” at the Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE.
- 7pm: Lyrics Revolt (2011). A documentary about hip hop in the Arab world. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 6:30pm: Strangers on a Train (1951). A man offers to trade murders with a man he just met. Part of the Hitchcock film series at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 7:30pm: Casablanca (1942). A tale of a man torn between love and virtue against the backdrop of war-torn Morocco. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 12:30pm: Paris the Luminous Years (2010). A PBS documentary about the City of Lights in the time of Matisse, Hemingway and Picasso. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 6pm: The Family That Preys (2008). Two very different families learn to work together. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
- 7pm: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). A man turns to a doctor to erase his memories of a love gone sour. A Film to Talk About at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 7pm: Ship Ahoy (1942). A Big Band dancer gets roped into delivering a prototype weapon to Puerto Rico for the wrong side. A World War II musical at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
- 7:30pm: Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Cargo pilots risk their lives in South America. Part of the series “The Movies Take to the Air” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: All This Can Happen (2013). A meditation on everyday life. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave., SW.
- 12:30pm: Paris the Luminous Years (2010). A repeat screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 2:30pm: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Visible World (2012). A PBS program exploring 1,400 years of works from the Muslim world. Part of the special documentary series “Muslim Journeys” at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
- 7pm: Dirty Dancing (1987). A teen falls in love with the dance instructor during summer camp with her family. Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: King Kong (1933). The original love story, so to speak, between a woman and a giant gorilla. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.