Other than “The Best Man Holiday”, there aren’t a whole lot of festive films at the multiplexes this year.
At the local museums, libraries and theaters that show free films, however, it’s a whole different story.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, the selection of classic holiday films on the free screens is only getting wider and more varied.
This week, there are non-holiday classics worth checking out, too, including a film based on the life of Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, and the movie that introduced the world to “Indiana Jones”.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, December 14th.
- 10:30am: Christmas Story (2007). Imagining Santa Claus, as a child. A children’s film at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 11am: The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974). Kris Kringle, voiced by Mickey Rooney in this stop-motion TV classic, calls in sick. Playing at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md.
- 1pm: March of the Penguins (2005). A true story of love and family from the bottom of the world. A Saturday matinee at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 2pm: Maria Candelaria (1944). A controversial painting causes a stir in old Mexico. Part of the REEL Women Film Festival. A $10 donation suggested to benefit GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW.
- 2pm: a double feature. Time of Thanksgiving (2010) and at 4:30pm, Entrée du personnel (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.
- 2pm: a couple of holiday films. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), and at 7:30pm, White Christmas (1954). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2:30pm: The Polar Express (2004). An unforgettable train ride helps a growing boy believe in Christmas again. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: two films in the REEL Women Film Festival. Lost in Time / Perdida (2011), and at 9pm, Nora’s Will / Cinco días sin Nora (2010). A $10 donation suggested for each film to benefit GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW.
- 11:30am: Christmas Story (2007). A repeat screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: The Ritual (1977). A student befriends his schoolmaster’s daughter and tries to help her hide her pregnancy. Part of the series “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St., SW.
- 2pm: The Plague / La Plaga (2013). Struggles to survive on the outskirts of society. Part of the REEL Women Film Festival. A $10 donation suggested to benefit GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW.
- 2pm: Finding Neverland (2004). Starring Johnny Depp as the man behind Peter Pan. A Sunday matinee at Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl., SW.
- 2pm: Home Alone (1990). A young boy is left to his own devices when his busy family leaves him behind on a Christmas vacation. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 4:30pm: Swandown (2012). An epic adventure on a swan-shaped paddle boat. 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: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). Even at home for the holidays, the Griswolds can’t escape mishaps. Part of “EatBar’s Holiday Favorites!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 2pm: My Favorite Year (1982). A movie star finds himself reduced to playing live TV variety. Replays at 6:30pm. A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
- 6pm: White Christmas (1954). If you missed the Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye classic in Culpeper, it’s playing at the Helen Hayes Gallery at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 6pm: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Bilbo Baggins begins his adventure. A Fantasy Flick at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 6:30pm: Holiday Movie Night at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE. Call (202) 698-6373 for details.
- 8pm: Daimajin (Giant Devil) (1966). Move over, Godzilla. A lesser-known Japanese monster movie. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- 4:30pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). The blockhead learns the true meaning of the holidays. Playing at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE.
- 6pm: Manon of the Spring (1986). A shepherdess plots revenge on the greedy men who drove her father into the ground. Playing at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
- 6pm: Book to Film Club at Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St., NW. Call (202) 576-7252 for details.
- 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: The Avengers (2012). Marvel superheroes band together. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 3pm: War Horse (2011). A young man follows his beloved steed to the front lines of World War I. Film Club at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW.
- 3pm: Twelfth Night (1996). Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy plays at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: Silver Linings Playbook (2012). A man struggling with mental illness falls for a young woman who may just be crazier than he is. Part of the Oscar Film series at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: Cairo 678 (2010). A searing drama about sexual violence against women in Egypt. Part of the Global Lens film series at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW.
- 6:30pm: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Indiana Jones races the Nazis in a quest to unearth the ancient Ark of the Covenant. Retro Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW.
- 6:30pm: LOL Movie at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
- 6:30pm: A Christmas Story (1983). Based on Jean Shepherd’s childhood memories of scary Santas, air rifles and fuuuuuuuuudge. Part of Blockbuster Thursdays at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 7pm: Elf (2003). A man raised by North Pole elves spreads Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear. Part of the Autumn in New York film series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Call (202) 727-1225 for details.
- 7:30pm: Gremlins (1984). The cute pet that a teen receives for Christmas goes a little haywire when exposed to water. 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.
- 7pm: A Christmas Story (1983). If you missed it in Alexandria, it’s part of the Merry Mosaic series at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Scrooged (1988). A sleazy TV executive has a lot in common with the Dickensian holiday production he’s putting on. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.