Actor Ryan Gosling. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Actor Ryan Gosling. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Now that the holiday season is officially here, the museums and libraries that show many of the free movies in the DMV are making a point of getting into the spirit.

Several holiday-themed movies are on the bill this week, including one or two you might not immediately think of as Christmas movies.

This week also offers you a chance to see some recent summer blockbusters without paying for a ticket, including Pacific Rim and Drive.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, November 30th.


  • 2pm: East Side, West Side (1927). A rags-to-riches story of a self-made architect in Roaring 20s Manhattan. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 4pm: Mamma Roma (1962). A prostitute tries to turn her life around for her son’s sake. Part of a series of films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


  • 2pm: Holiday Inn (1942). A love triangle forms at a hotel that only opens at Christmastime. The movie that introduced the world to Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” plays at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
  • 2pm: 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 Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 2pm: Christmas in Connecticut (1945). A food writer who can’t really cook has to improvise when a returning war hero invites himself to her home for the holidays. Classic Cinema at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 3:30pm: Burning Bush (2013). A three-part HBO miniseries about Soviet brutality in Czechoslovakia gets its Washington premiere at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 6pm: The Holiday (2006). Two friends from opposite sides of the globe swap homes to escape their disappointing love lives. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 8pm: Scrooged (1988). The hilarious update of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray as a cynical TV executive. The first film in “EatBar’s Holiday Favorites!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.


  • 2pm: I’m Not Scared (2003). A boy discovers another boy imprisoned in a hole in the ground. Replays at 6:30pm. A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 4:30pm: A children’s movie night at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE. Call (202) 698-6373 for details.
  • 8pm: Sextette (1978). A woman enjoys her honeymoon with her sixth husband, until one of her earlier beaus comes along to derail it. Starring Mae West in her final movie role. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.


  • 4pm: Pacific Rim (2013). A war between humanity and giant sea creatures comes to a near-apocalyptic head. Playing at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW.
  • 6pm: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as seen through the eyes of the comic relief. Playing at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 6pm: Life Kills Me (2007). A low-budget moviemaker befriends a morbid drifter at a funeral. Part of the Global Lens film series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6:30pm: TMZ (Teen Movie Zone) at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE. Call (202) 715-7707 or (202) 715-7708 for details.
  • 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic Ave., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
  • 7pm: Getting to the Good (2008). A documentary about the brutal daily lives of children on the streets of Brasilia, Brazil. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.


  • 6pm: Pariah (2011). A Brooklyn teenager knows she’s a lesbian, but also knows her family won’t approve. Part of the monthly series “Think Tank” at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE.
  • 6:30pm: The Hitchcock film series at the Duncan Branch Library continues, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 7:30pm: Die Hard (1988). A New York City cop tries to save his estranged wife and daughter from
    a hostage takeover in Los Angeles. And it just happens to be Christmas Eve. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.


  • 3pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935). Shakespeare’s fairy tale, starring Mickey Rooney as Puck. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: The Tale of Despereaux (2008). The lives of a bookworm mouse, a sad rat and a servant girl collide in a princess castle. Kids’ Book Club at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW.
  • 6:30pm: An LOL Movie at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6:30pm: Cinderella (1950). Disney’s classic tale of a beautiful stepdaughter’s night at the ball. A family movie at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: The Autumn in New York film series continues at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Call (202) 727-1225 for details.
  • 7pm: Drive (2011). A stunt driver finds himself caught in violent circumstances when he helps a neighbor. A Film to Talk About at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 7:30pm: 55 Days at Peking (1963). An epic love story set against the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in Beijing. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 4pm: A matinee at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1704 for details.
  • 7:30pm: Wild Boys of the Road (1933). Two teenage boys encounter a rough life when they hit the road to help their parents through the Depression. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: Elf (2003). A human raised by North Pole elves travels to New York to find his birth father. Playing in the parking lot at the Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.

WNEW’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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