‘Tis the season to give.
And if you like to see old movies for free on the big screen, ’tis the week to receive.
Enough movies to cover a Christmas tree are arriving at local museums, libraries and playhouses, from classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story” to more recent favorites like “The Santa Clause”, “The Polar Express”, “The Grinch” and “Elf” — along with some other holiday films that may be less familiar.
Or if you just can’t wait for the return of Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” this Friday, you can get ready with a free screening of the first Hobbit movie this Wednesday.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, December 7th.
- 10:30am: Laura’s Star (2004). A little girl nurses a shooting star back to health after it falls too far. A children’s film at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: Millions (2004). A young boy finds a bag of cash, and a big moral dilemma. Part of the Foreign Film Series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 2pm: Punk in Africa (2011). A documentary about the hard core music scene in southern Africa. Playing at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW.
- 2pm: Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Terrorists trap the president inside the White House. And only one man can stop them. Playing at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW.
- 2pm: a double feature. Au bord du monde (2012), and at 4pm, Bovines (2011). Part of the series “Réalité Tales: Young French Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: A Christmas Story (1983). The movie that gave us leg lamps, Red Rider air rifles and triple-dog dares. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 11:30am: Laura’s Star (2004). A replay of the children’s film at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Devi, aka the Goddess (1960). Sparks fly between a father and son after the father becomes convinced his daughter in law is a deity incarnate. Part of the series “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St., SW.
- 4:30pm: Braddock, America (2013). The decline of an American steel town, seen through a European lens. Part of the series “Réalité Tales: Young French Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Elf (2003). A man raised by Christmas elves heads to New York to find his real father. Part of “EatBar’s Holiday Favorites!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 2pm: Beautiful Girls (1996). A piano player at a crossroads in his life gets caught up in his friends’ love problems. Replays at 6:30pm. A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
- 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
- 6pm: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). A desperate man learns how much worse off the world would be without him. Playing at the Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 8pm: The Bloody Ape (1997). An outrageous take on Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- 2pm: The Preacher’s Wife (1996). An angel helps a preacher save his marriage. A holiday movie at Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave., NE.
- 6pm: Jean de Florette (1986). A man fights to keep his land out of the hands of a greedy neighbor who’s cut off his water supply. Playing at Georgetown Library, 3260 R 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: Just About Love? (2007). Three teens bond on their last summer together after high school. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 2pm: The Mortal Storm (1940). A professor lives quietly with his family in the Alps, until the Nazis come to power. Playing at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Sts., NW.
- 3:30pm: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Bilbo Baggins begins his adventure. Teen Movie Night at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
- 6:30pm: Easy Rider (1969). Hippies plus motorcycles equals a movie classic. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.
- 7pm: She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone (2012). A young woman’s life of full days and wild nights is upended when she has to care for her alcoholic grandmother. Part of the REEL Women Film Festival. A $10 donation suggested to benefit GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). If you missed it on Monday at DC’s National Theatre, you can see it at the historic State Theatre, located at 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 10:30am: Courting Justice (2010). A documentary about South Africa’s female judges and their fight to further human rights. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
- 3pm: The Taming of the Shrew (1967). Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Shakespeare’s tale of a woman scorned. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: Amour (2012). An elderly couple’s love is tested when the wife suffers a stroke. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Part of the Oscar Film series at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: The Grinch (2000). Jim Carrey as Dr. Seuss’s Christmas thief. Part of Blockbuster Thursdays at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: The Polar Express (2004). A boy who doubts Santa takes an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. A family movie at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 7pm: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). A bored housewife suffers amnesia and gets mistaken for a mob-connected free spirit. Part of the Autumn in New York film series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Call (202) 727-1225 for details.
- 7pm: Europa Report (2013). Private astronauts search for life on one of Jupiter’s moons. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 7:30pm: Christmas episodes of classic TV shows, including Jack Benny and Dick Van Dyke, will play 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.
- 7pm: Shadow Kill (2002). An elderly hangman seeks forgiveness from a Hindu goddess. Part of the series “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St., SW.
- 7pm: Chrysalis (2011). Three women fight for dignity after losing their love. Part of the REEL Women Film Festival. A $10 donation suggested to benefit GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW.
- 7pm: The Santa Clause (1994). Kris Kringle never dies. He just gets replaced. Part of the Merry Mosaic series at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010). One of the deepest, darkest secrets about Christmas lies deep under a mountain. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.