WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – More than 800,000 furloughed federal employees are already facing days of unwanted, unpaid free time, thanks to the government shutdown.
But the lack of federal funds is also cutting into their options — everybody’s, really — when it comes to free things to do around town.
The Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress are among some of the best places in town to see free classic movies every week, but those locations are closed due to the shutdown.
But that doesn’t mean free flicks in the DMV are entirely shut down.
Public library screenings are still a go, and some weekly free screenings at local bars and restaurants are going on as scheduled.
The government-funded venues have still published their schedules, too. We’ve marked their screenings on our list with asterisks so that if and when the shutdown is lifted, you’ll see when those movies are supposed to play.
Till then, assume the marked movies are canceled.
So, such as it is, here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, October 5th:
- 1pm: My Brilliant Career (1979). Set in early 20th century Australia, a young woman rejects a wealthy man’s hand in marriage and becomes housekeeper to a man who’s holding a debt over her father’s head. Part of the Foreign Film series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 2pm: a series of Czech films: The Uninvited Guest (1969), Every Young Man (1966), The Mist (1966) and A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966). Part of the series “The Play’s the Thing: Václav Havel, Art and Politics” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: Airplane! (1980). The seminal spoof of 1970s disaster films. Part of the series “The Movies Take to the Air” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Them (1954). Atomic tests turn ants into giant monsters. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 1:30pm: The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Batman teams with Catwoman against a ruthless masked enemy known only as Bane. Part of the Super Hero Sunday film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
- 2pm: The Wizard of Oz (1939). Dorothy and Toto’s trip over the rainbow. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2013). A shy optometrist looks for true love after his wife tells him she wants another baby. Film editor Justin Guerrieri is scheduled to attend the screening at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. and Jefferson Dr. SW.
- 2pm: Part of First Sunday at Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave., NE.
- 2:30pm: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). A terrorist infiltrates Starfleet. Part of the First Sunday grand opening at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE.
- 2:30pm: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003). A PBS documentary about the 1960s civil and gay rights activist. Part of the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW.
- 4pm: a documentary double-feature. Dylan Thomas: The World I Breathe (1968), followed by The Film Generation: On Dance (1969). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 6pm: Bells Are Ringing (1960). The musical comedy with Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). Woody Allen’s comedy-drama about love triangles that run in the family. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Modest Reception (2012). An Iranian couple hands out bags of money to rural villagers, with a catch. Replays at 6pm at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
- 6pm: Daisy Kenyon (1947). A woman enters a loveless marriage, right before the man she really loves gets a divorce. Part of the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 8pm: Yog: Monster from Space (1970). Mutants created by aliens make it tough to build an island resort. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Lilies of the Field (1963). Sidney Poitier plays a traveling handyman who helps five nuns build a chapel in the desert. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12pm: Big Cat Odyssey (2010). What can be done to protect the dwindling lion population. Free with admission to the National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St., NW.
- 2pm: Jumper (2008). A teen discovers his ability to teleport, and the danger it poses for him. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: The Fantastic World Of Juan Orol (2012). A tribute to Spain’s answer to 50s B-movie master Ed Wood. Part of the Global Lens film series at Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St., NW.
- 6pm: Sleepy Hollow (1999). Tim Burton’s take on the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Part of the Books on Film series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
- 6:30pm: A Great Day in Harlem (1994). The story behind a legendary jazz photograph. Jazz historian Rusty Hassan will lead a discussion at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
- 8:30pm: The Bad Seed (1956). A mother fears her eight year old daughter is a killer. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 1:30pm: Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture (2007). A documentary about the life of one of America’s most celebrated public artists. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: The Spirit of St. Louis (1957). James Stewart plays the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic. Part of the series “The Movies Take to the Air” at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: A Fistful of Dollars (1964). The first of Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” movies. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 6pm: Meet the Browns (2008). A struggling single mother discovers a family she never knew she had. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
- 6pm: The Great Gatsby (2013). Baz Luhrmann’s visual feast of an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic. An Oscar film screening at the Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: Bully (2011). A documentary of schoolyard cruelty. Playing at at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: Hotel Transylvania (2012). Count Dracula’s resort for monsters. A family movie at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 7pm: Reveille with Beverly (1943). A pretty radio host grabs the attention of a couple of soldiers. A World War II musical at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
- 7:30pm: Airport (1970). Terrorism and bad weather collide in the air. Part of the series “The Movies Take to the Air” at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013). Thirteen of Edward Hopper’s most famous oil paintings are recreated on film. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave., SW.
- 8:30pm: Notorious (1946). A woman is recruited to spy on Nazis in South America. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12:30pm: The Heart Above the Castle (2011). A documentary about the 2002 NATO summit in Prague. Part of the series “The Play’s the Thing: Václav Havel, Art and Politics” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 2:30pm: Koran by Heart (2011). A coming-of-age story centered on an annual Koran reading contest. Part of the special documentary series “Muslim Journeys” at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
- 3pm: House on Haunted Hill (1959). A millionaire offers $10,000 to anyone who’ll spend the night in his spooky mansion. Part of a Vincent Price film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
- 7pm: Gibier d’Elevage (2011). An American pilot crashes in the Khmer Rouge and befriends the children who oversee him. 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.
- 7:30pm: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (1965). A rat race in the air. Part of the series “The Movies Take to the Air” at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Julie and Julia (2009). A depressed young woman finds purpose while cooking through the recipes of Julia Child. Part of the Union Market Drive-In Encore series, 1309 5th St., NE.
- 8:30pm: Spellbound (1945). A psychiatric protects an amnesiac accused of murder. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.