Head Downtown to See Downton Abbey, Free Flicks
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In these final few days of 2013, the libraries and museums that show free movies around town appear ready to turn the page on a new year.
The schedule is rather thin.
Despite that, there are a few standouts worth checking out, including comic book movies, Hollywood Golden Age classics, and a movie about New Year’s Eve…1981.
Also, for fans of “Downton Abbey,” a special treat that the Beatley Central Library has hosted in the past is returning: a marathon screening of the PBS series to help prepare for the premiere of season 4 a week from Sunday.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, December 28th:
- 2pm: Matinee Saturday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call 202-282-0021 for details.
- 2:30pm: “Contempt” (1963). Jean-Luc Godard’s film about a screenwriter with marital problems who’s trying to adapt Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Hollywood hit. A 50th anniversary screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Hellmouth Happy Hour at the Black Cat includes a free screening of an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This week, it’s “Hush,” from season 4. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 1:30pm: “The Incredible Hulk” (2008). Starring Edward Norton as the guy with anger management issues. Part of the Super Hero film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
- 2pm: “The Apartment” (1960). Things get complicated when a corporate climber tries to get ahead by letting executives use his apartment for liaisons. Playing at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
- 2pm: “Becoming Traviata” (2012). A documentary about a staging of Verdi’s legendary opera at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: “Holiday Inn” (1942). Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire do their thing at a hotel that’s only open on holidays. Classic Cinema at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 8pm: “200 Cigarettes” (1999). Several stories interweave in New York City on New Year’s Eve, 1981. Part of “EatBar’s Holiday Favorites!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8pm: The Craptacular Non-Denominational Paganistic Holiday Shorts Fest. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
No movies for New Year’s Eve.
No movies for New Year’s Day.
- 12:30pm: “John Cage at Work” (1978-1992). Footage of the composer working on prints in San Francisco. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: a “Downton Abbey” marathon begins at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 3pm: “Becket” (1964). The story of King Henry II’s closest confidante. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: Teen Movie Night at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call (202) 282-3080 for details.
- 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.
- 12:30pm: “John Cage at Work” (1978-1992). An encore screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: the “Downton Abbey” marathon continues at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This evening’s episode: “Day of the Moon,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.