Reporting Nathan Hager
What’s your favorite scary movie of all time?
With Halloween just a few days away, chances may be pretty good that one of your favorite spooky cinematic experiences is playing for free in D.C. this week.
The Library of Congress and the D.C. Public Library are both holding horror movie series for the fright-filled holiday.
This week you can also see Oscar winners West Side Story and Argo for free, and in perhaps one of the most unique free movie screenings Washington has ever seen, the National Museum of the American Indian will show a new edition of Star Wars, dubbed in Navajo.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Oct. 26th.
- 4pm: West Side Story (1961). The Oscar-winning update of “Romeo and Juliet” as a New York teen gang musical. Playing at the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.
- 8:30pm: Invaders from Mars (1953). Space aliens take over people’s minds. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 1pm: a double feature of Busby Berkeley films. Footlight Parade (1933) and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). Playing at the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.
- 4:30pm: Les Goddesses (2011). An exploration of author Mary Wollstonecraft’s legacy is intertwined with director Moyra Davey’s personal history. Davey will appear at the screening. Part of the series “American Originals Now: Moyra Davey” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: True Romance (1993). Romantic comedy, as imagined by Quentin Tarantino. Part of the “Christian Slater Tribute!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: Deliverance (1972). A backwoods canoe trip goes horribly wrong. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Argo (2012). CIA agents pose as moviemakers to try to end the Iranian hostage crisis. A Monday matinee at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 4pm: A teen movie at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Health Care (2012). A documentary screening, followed by a Q&A with doctors from the Steinmetz Center, at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: The Joy Luck Club (1993). The intertwining lives of four Asian women. A Fiction Lover’s Film Companion at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 6pm: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). A troubled child star who torments her crippled sister (Joan Crawford) in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Part of the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 8pm: Night of the Bums (1998). Witches turn a city’s homeless people into zombies. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: A Few Good Men (1992). A Marine’s hazing death plays out in court martial. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12pm: Hitler, Stalin and I (2001). The life story of a Nazi concentration camp survivor. Part of the Czech film series “Docs in Salute” at the Library of Congress Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
- 12pm: Speaking of Spain (1950). A classic film lecture about the land of matadors and Cervantez. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
- 2pm: Looper (2012). In the future, mobsters take out hits on people by sending them to the past. One hitman’s job gets complicated when the victim… is himself. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Grenada: Nobody’s Backyard (1980). A documentary made in the wake of the 1979 Grenada Revolution. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: Key Largo (1948). Bogart and Bacall in the Florida Keys. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12:30pm: Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture (2007). A documentary about one of America’s most important public artists. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 6:30pm: Drift. An audiovisual spectacle that plays with the viewer’s sense of perspective. Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: a classic horror double-feature. The Invisible Man (1933) and The Wolf Man (1941). Part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, 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.
- 1pm: a Halloween movie marathon begins with The Birds (1963), continues with family-friendly films Hocus Pocus (1993) at 3pm and Frankenweenie (2012) at 5pm, and concludes at 7pm with The Exorcist (1973). Playing at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Call 202-727-1225 to find out what’s playing.
- 6pm: Temptation (2013). A career woman falls into an adulterous affair with a billionaire. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
- 7pm: The Exorcist (1973). The demon possession classic concludes the horror series at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). A horror classic and a prime example of German Expressionism. Playing in the Kogod Courtyard of the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts., NW.
- 7:30pm: The Cat and the Canary (1939). A horror comedy with Bob Hope! Part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Working Girl (1988). A secretary pretends to be her boss. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Star Wars (1977). The blockbuster sci-fi film will be presented at the National Museum of the American Indian in a format previously only available at Navajo Indian reservations: dubbed in the Navajo language, with English subtitles. 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW.
- 8pm: Evan Almighty (2007). God calls on a pompous congressman to build an ark. Part of Union Market Drive-In’s encore series, 1309 5th St., NE.
- 8:30pm: a to-be-announced film will be screened for free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.