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Movies for kids and teens dominate the free movie scene this week, and for good reason.

Summer officially began at 6:51 a.m. today, and with more kids out of school on summer vacation, they’ll need ways to occupy their time.

If they enjoy the experience of seeing a movie on the big screen, indoors or drive-in style, and don’t want to pay for it, they’re in luck.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the first full week of summer, starting Saturday, June 21st:

Saturday:

  • 11am: Several films for children. First, two cartoons about artists Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, followed at noon by “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” (1999). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 12pm: Many of the FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 1pm: “The New Rijksmuseum” (2013). A long documentary about the restoration of one of the world’s great art galleries. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 1:30pm: “Gravity” (2013). A rookie astronaut fights to survive a disaster. Cinema Southeast at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 2pm: “Up” (2009). An elderly balloon salesman goes on the high-flying adventure of a lifetime. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Andromeda Strain” (1971). Researchers race to stop a deadly virus from space before it mutates any further. Playing at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “But I’m a Cheerleader” (1999). A high school cheerleader is forced to attend a gay conversion camp, only to find the kind of love everyone at the camp is trying to keep secret. Part of the “That’s So LGBTQA” movie series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2:30pm: “Frozen” (2013). A tomboyish princess helps thaw her ice queen of a sister. A family movie at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 3pm: “Kick It Live!” at Fillmore Silver Spring. Many matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be shown at the music venue. Doors open at 3 for Germany vs. Ghana. 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Resurrection Ship (Part 2),” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru takes on a new supervillain. Cinema del Ray at Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Wagon Tracks” (1919). A guide looks for a killer in his own wagon train. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “Willow” (1988). A dwarf reluctantly protects a special baby from an evil queen. The kickoff of Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Dr., Fairfax, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962). Gregory Peck’s legendary portrayal of Harper Lee’s noble lawyer plays at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Mamma Mia!” The musical based on the songs of ABBA kicks off Movies @ Penrose Square, 2597 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 9pm: “Dirty Dancing” (1987). Stuck with her family at a summer camp, a teen falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor. Part of Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.

Sunday:

  • 12pm: Many of the FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 12pm: “Degas and the Dancer” (1999). That’s followed at 1pm by a rescreening of the Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt films for kids at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: A Civil Disobedience film series begins at Beatley Central Library, marking 75 years since the first known sit-in at a public library. 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
  • 3pm: “Ping Pong” (2012). A documentary about a long-running table tennis tournament for seniors in inner Mongolia. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 4:30pm: “Il Sorpasso” (1962). The classic Italian road movie plays at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 5pm: All the U.S. matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be shown at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Tonight, the U.S. takes on Portugal. 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: “The Parent Trap” (1998). Lindsay Lohan stars as twins, one American, one English, who scheme to reunite their estranged parents. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 6pm: “Paat” (2013). A dog’s life in Tehran. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
  • 7pm: A Disney double feature. “Mary Poppins” (1964) and the behind-the-scenes movie that was inspired by it, “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013). Part of Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Verdict” (1982). Paul Newman stars as a down-on-his-luck lawyer who sees a malpractice case as a chance to salvage his career. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 11:30am: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009). An eccentric teen invents a machine that turns weather into food. Playing at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 12pm: Many of the FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 12:30pm: “47 Ronin” (2013). Keanu Reeves’s retelling of the legendary tale of samurai revenge in feudal Japan. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Monday at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Movie repeats at 6:30. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
  • 6pm: “Life of Pi” (2012). A young man survives a disaster at sea, with only a Bengal tiger to keep him company. Teen Movie Night at Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown, Md.
  • 5pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009). Playing again at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6pm: Fiction Lover’s Film Companion at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. Title TBA.
  • 6pm: “Wall•E” (2008). A love story between robots. Science Trivia and Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “La Rivière du Hibou” (1962). A short film based on the Ambrose Bierce story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Playing at St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Red Tails” (2012). The George Lucas-produced dramatization of World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen. Part of the Aspen Hill Library Film Festival, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, Md.
  • 8pm: Daikaiju Giant Monster Appreciation Night, hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Incredibles” (2004). A superhero family tries to fit into a world that doesn’t want to be saved. The Columbia Lakefront Summer Movie Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947). Gregory Peck stars as a magazine writer who poses as a Jew for an anti-Semitism exposé. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Red Eye” (2005). A woman is kidnapped on an airline flight and forced into a political murder plot. Part of this summer’s Crystal Screen series “In Flight.” 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: Many of the FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 12pm: In celebration of the National Archives’ 80th anniversary, a selection of archival films will be shown at the Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Reserve a seat here.
  • 2pm: A surprise matinee at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 281-2583 for details.
  • 4:30pm: “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009). Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic will play at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 5pm: “Wall•E” (2008). Playing again at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: Book to Film Club at Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 576-7252 for details.
  • 7pm: “Wall•E” (2008). The robot love story is the first Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, 1st and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962). A former child star torments her sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Half hour after sunset: “Rushmore” (1998). The self-proclaimed king of a prestigious prep school is forced into academic probation. Adams Morgan Movie Nights, 18th St. and California Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday:

  • 2pm: “Young Frankenstein” (1974). The infamous doctor’s grandson inherits the family castle and suddenly finds himself repeating his forebear’s spooky experiments. A teen movie at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, Md.
  • 3pm: Wednesday night teen movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). The classic Gene Kelly musical about Hollywood’s transition from silent movies to talkies is part of the Summer Singalong series at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Community Cornerstones: African-American Communities in Montgomery County.” An hour-long documentary about the churches that provide the backbone of the county’s living experience. Playing at Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, Md.
  • 7pm: “20 Feet from Stardom” (2013). The Oscar winner for Best Documentary that gave backup singers their due. The kickoff of the GatewayDC Summer Film Series at St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Cool Hand Luke” (1967). Paul Newman stars as the titular rebellious prisoner. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). Two longtime friends find love with each other, eventually. Part of NoMa Summer Screen’s “Unlikely Friendships,” 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.

Thursday:

  • 11am: “Kick It Live!” Fillmore Silver Spring’s live broadcasts of 2014 FIFA World Cup matches continues with U.S.A. vs. Germany. 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 11am: The U.S.A./Germany match will also play on the big screen at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 11am: “Cinderella of the Cape Flats” (2004). A look at the garment workers who prepare the gowns for the Spring Queen Pageant in Cape Town, South Africa. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C. Register here.
  • 11:30am: Best time to arrive at Dupont Circle Park in Washington, D.C., for a live outdoor broadcast of the U.S.A./Germany World Cup match, presented in part by the Embassy of Germany.
  • 12pm: The U.S.A./Germany World Cup match will also be shown at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: A midsummer movie matinee at Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Pl., Waldorf, Md.
  • 4pm: “After Earth” (2013). A father and son fight to survive after crash landing on a futuristic earth that’s no longer hospitable to humans. Sci-Fi Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “Dogtown and Z-Boys” (2001). The famed documentary about the teens who helped to make skateboarding mainstream. Teen Movie Night at Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “Frozen” (2013). Playing again as a Summer Movie Singalong at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
  • 7:30pm: A B-Western double feature: “The Utah Trail” (1938) and The Bandit Trail” (1941). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). Katniss is forced into an even deadlier fight for her life after winning last year’s Hunger Games. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Body Heat” (1981). A femme fatale ropes a small town lawyer into a murder plot against her rich husband. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Wimbledon” (2004). A struggling tennis player regains his focus with help from a beautiful pro. Part of the outdoor movie series “It’s a Whole New Ballgame” at Canal Park, 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 11am: A H.O.P.E. Theater (Helping Our People Engage) matinee at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 715-7707 for details.
  • 12pm: “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” Episode 6, “Swing: The Velocity of Celebration,” plays as part of Jazz at the National Archives, playing at the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (2013). A teen discovers she’s descended from a long line of demon fighters. Playing at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 2pm: A wedding movie at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
  • 3pm: Science Friday. Two episodes of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” will play at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “Frozen” (2013). Playing a third time this week as part of Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park, 39 N. Hackery Ave., Bel Air, Md.
  • 7pm: “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” (2009). A documentary that predicts water will soon be as scarce — and fought over — as oil is today. Part of Meaningful Movies Olney at the Buffington Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “Nightmare in Silver,” from the 7th series. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Nairobi Half Life” (2012). A fish-out-of-water story in Kenya’s glittering capital city. Part of the series “China and Kenya on Film” at the Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Gravity” (2013). Playing again as part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Annie” (1982). A little orphan charms everyone around her. Everyone, except the scheming drunk who runs her orphanage. Preceded by the short “Floyd the Android in ‘Teleporter’.” Part of the Golden Cinema Series at Farragut Square in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “The Muppet Movie” (1979). Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and the gang go on a road trip. Playing at Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Brave” (2012). A headstrong Scottish princess rails against her mother’s attempts to control her destiny. Crescent Cinema at Madison Crescent, Rt. 15 and Rt. 29, Gainesville, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “The Professionals” (1966). A Texas millionaire hired four soldiers-of-fortune to rescue his kidnapped wife from a Mexican bandits. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “Two Weeks Notice” (2002). Romance develops after a lawyer walks out on her needy boss. Part of the Rosslyn Summer Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013). How Walt Disney convinced P. L. Travers to make “Mary Poppins” into a movie. The Columbia Lakefront Summer Movie Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Jaws” (1975). The original blockbuster, with teeth. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
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