It may be awards season in Hollywood, but you wouldn’t know it by what’s playing in theaters right now.
January is typically Tinseltown’s dumping ground, when the big studios put out movies they hope critics will ignore while the films from last year pick up Oscars and Golden Globes.
But there are great movies to be seen for free in the D.C. area this week. They just came out a few years — or in some cases, several decades — ago.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week beginning Saturday, Jan. 4:
1 p.m.: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012). Bilbo’s adventure begins at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, Md.
2 p.m.: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985). The bow-tied goofball goes to unbelievable lengths to find his stolen bike. Part of the Tim Burton Saturday Movie Mini-Series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW.
2 p.m.: “The Lion King” (1994). Disney’s classic coming-of-age story on the African savanna. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
3:30 p.m.: “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” (2012). Ghost towns come to life through the cinematographer’s eye. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
7 p.m.: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica” is the pilot: “33.” 1811 14th St., NW.
2 p.m.: “Man of Steel” (2013). Superman returns, and he’s brooding. Superhero Sunday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
2 p.m.: “The Sound of Music” (1965). Julie Andrews gets a strict captain’s brood singing. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
3 p.m.: “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962). The epic that put the late Peter O’Toole on the map. Part of a monthlong tribute to the British thespian at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
4:30 p.m.: “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” (2012). A repeat screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
6 p.m.: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012). If you missed it in Annapolis, check out a Sunday matinee at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
6:30 p.m.: “Gypsy” (1962). The musical based on the life of burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee. Popcorn and Movie Night at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
8 p.m.: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001). Frodo’s quest to destroy the One Ring begins. The debut of Middle-Earth Mondays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW.
8 p.m.: “Supersonic Man” (1979). Superman, this is not. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
12 p.m.: “Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story” (2010). A documentary about the illegitimate children of German women and African-American soldiers in World War II. Playing at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
2 p.m.: “Guys and Dolls” (1955). The swinging musical with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando plays at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
6 p.m.: “A Passage to India” (1984). Based on the E.M. Forster novel of love and intrigue in British India. Part of the Stories of the Subcontinent series at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
6:30 p.m.: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
10:30 a.m.: “Yesterday” (2004). The struggles of a young mother with AIDS in South Africa. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
6:30 p.m.: “North by Northwest” (1959). An ad executive is mistaken for an international spy. Part of the Hitchcock film series at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
3 p.m.: “The Lion in Winter” (1968). The sons of King Henry II plot to overthrow him. Part of a tribute to the late Peter O’Toole at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
6 p.m.: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010). A wimpy Viking discovers his people’s fire-breathing enemy is just misunderstood. Playing at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW.
6:30 p.m.: “The Hunger Games” (2010). A defiant teenager is forced into a battle to the death. Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
6:30 p.m.: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1977). A.A. Milne’s silly old bear gets into a series of scrapes. A family movie at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
7 p.m.: “The Loving Story” (2011). A documentary about an interracial couple who fought Virginia’s miscegenation laws. Playing at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
7:30 p.m.: “Sanjuro” (1962). Kurosawa’s unnamed samurai helps a wrongly imprisoned man. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
7 p.m.: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This evening’s episode: “The Curse of the Black Spot,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
7 p.m.: “Closed Curtain” (2013). The latest film by Jafar Panahi, whose past work has been banned in his native Iran and led to house arrest. Part of the 18th annual Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
7:30 p.m.: “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961). Nazi war criminals are brought to trial. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
WNEW’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.