Free Outdoor Movies From Beltway to Beltway

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Outdoor movie season is spreading from Beltway to Beltway.

Several summertime movie festivals with a drive-in feel have been underway for weeks near Washington. This week, it’s Baltimore’s turn, with two weekly screenings around Federal Hill.

Many of these outdoor screenings are family-friendly, and as the schedule below shows, several movies for kids are getting more than one showing this week. If you can’t get enough of Disney’s “Frozen,” for instance, this is your week. You’ve got six opportunities to hear “Let It Go” on the big screen for free.

But if you must have air-conditioning, there are several new classic film series of note, including one devoted to Audrey Hepburn at the National Theatre, a Hitchcock retrospective at Alexandria’s Beatley Central Library and a pair of slapstick comedies coming to the Library of Congress’s state-of-the-art theater in Culpeper, Virginia.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, July 5th:

Saturday:

  • 11am: “Monsters University” (2013). How Mike and Sully’s friendship began. Playing at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 12pm: World Cup games on the big screen at National Harbor, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Lego Movie” (2014). An ordinary minifigure learns Everything Is Awesome when you go beyond the instructions. A free family flick at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 2pm: “Jaws” (1975). Steven Spielberg’s classic summer blockbuster with teeth plays at Severna Park Library, 45 W. McKinsey Rd., Severna Park, Md.
  • 2pm: “Bicentennial Man” (1999). Robin Williams plays a robot who strives to be human. Part of Science Fiction Summer at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2:30pm: “National Treasure” (2004). A treasure hunter must steal the Declaration of Independence to find the ultimate prize. A family film at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 2pm: “The Sum of Us” (1994). A widow — and his gay son — look for love. Part of the “That’s So LGBTQA!” series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica”: “Epiphanies,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). Two men find a lifelong friendship behind bars. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Sideways” (2004). A middle aged man takes his friend through California wine country for his bachelor party. Summer Movies @ Penrose Square, 2501 9th Rd. S., Arlington, Va.
  • 9pm: “Iron Man” (2008). A billionaire playboy suits up for adventure. Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
  • Sunset: “The Lego Movie” (2014). Playing again at Cinema Under the Stars at Loudoun Station, 43805 Central Station Dr., Ashburn, Va.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: Hitchcock in July at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6pm: “Freaky Friday” (2003). A mom and teen with nothing in common suddenly switch bodies. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “Up” (2009). A retired balloon salesman ties his handiwork to his house. Part of Cinema Under the Stars at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971). A Russian Jew clings to tradition in this beloved musical. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 1pm: “Monsters University” (2013). Playing again at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 2pm: An afternoon movie at Deale Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
  • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Mondays at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library. Movie repeats at 6:30. 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 2pm: Up” (2009). Playing again as a Summer Movie Matinee at Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 5pm: “Gravity” (2013). A rookie astronaut fights to survive a disaster. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6pm: “Out of the Basement.” A documentary short about a D.C. native who tries to turn his life around through professional boxing. Filmmakers Natalie Avery and Kyle Centers will lead a discussion of their film at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). A young socialite is smitten by the new man in her apartment. The first in the series “Audrey: Her Life in Film” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “The Wolverine” (2013). Logan confronts his many demons in Japan. Teen Movie Night at Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.
  • 8pm: “Hearts and Armour” (1983). A woman with an invincible suit fights for love and honor in the Crusades. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Monsters University” (2013). Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Marathon Man” (1976). A graduate student is caught in the middle of an international conspiracy. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Hot Shots!” (1991). The “Top Gun” parody starring Charlie Sheen plays as part of Crystal Screen’s “In Flight” series, 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 4pm: “Ender’s Game” (2013). A young boy is recruited to save the world from alien invaders. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 4pm: World Cup games on the big screen at National Harbor, Md.
  • 5:30pm: “Repentance” (2013). A spiritual advisor takes a new client who’s obsessed with his mother’s death — an obsession that could endanger them both. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: The cult classics series continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Email Megan McNitt for details.
  • 7pm: “Frozen” (2013). A goofy princess tries to save her village from an eternal winter unleashed by her sister. Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, L and 1st Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Out of Obscurity: The Story of the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In” (2000). A short documentary about what may have been the first protest of separate but equal public facilities. Playing at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957). The Broadway film noir with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis plays at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Frozen” (2013). Also playing as this summer’s first movie night at South Riding Center, 42420 Unicorn Dr., South Riding, Va.

Wednesday:

  • 12pm: A couple of films for children about two American artists. “Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt” (2008), followed at 1:00 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.
  • 2pm: “Holes” (2003). A teen born with bad luck is forced into a juvenile labor camp for a theft he didn’t commit. A Summer Reading Matinee for Teens at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 3:30pm: “The Help” (2011). A Southern woman chronicles the lives of her African-American maids during the civil rights era. A matinee at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.
  • 4pm: World Cup games on the big screen at National Harbor, Md.
  • 5:30pm: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004). A melancholy man tries to erase his memory of a love gone wrong. Playing at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 6pm: Teen Movie Night at D.C.’s Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE. Call (202) 698-0183 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “Chicago” (2002). The Oscar winner based on the hit Broadway musical about murderous vixens in the Windy City. Part of the Summer Singalong Series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Muppets” (2011). Three superfans, one of whom may be a Muppet himself, stage a reunion for Kermit, Piggy and the test. Part of NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Talk to Me” (2007). Don Cheadle plays D.C. radio legend Petey Greene. Part of the GatewayDC Summer Film Series, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Help” (2011). Playing again at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Emma” (1996). Gwyneth Paltrow as Jane Austen’s matchmaker. The start of the Austen Film Fest at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Thursday:

  • 2pm: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010). A weakling Viking discovers his people’s biggest threat isn’t all that bad. A Midsummer Movie Matinee at Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Pl., Waldorf, Md.
  • 3pm: “Taking Woodstock” (2009). Ang Lee’s story of how the legendary concert event came about. Movies That Rock at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5:30pm: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013). Gandalf’s band of thieves ventures into the gold-hoarding dragon’s lair. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “Frozen” (2013). Playing again as a family movie at Elkridge Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “Home on the Range” (2004). The animals go bounty hunting to save their farm. A family movie at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “Newsies” (1992). A Disney musical based on the New York City newsboys’ strike of 1899. A Summer Singalong at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: July Movie Night at West End Library, 2522 Virginia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 724-8707 for details.
  • 7pm: “On Our Land, Being Garifuna in Honduras.” A short documentary about the descendants of free Africans in Central America. Playing at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Caddyshack” (1980). Shenanigans at an exclusive country club. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (2013). A nerdy manager at a dying magazine makes his daydreams come true. Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Deliverance” (1972). A kayak trip through rural Georgia goes horribly awry. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 9pm: “Back to the Future” (1985). The movie that built a time machine out of a Delorean kicks off the American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks on the Hill at Baltimore’s Federal Hill. Rain location: inside the museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, Md.
  • Sunset: “Balls of Fury” (2007). Possibly the only crime movie ever made about ping pong. Part of Canal Park Thursday Movies: “It’s a Whole New Ballgame,” 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 11am: A family feature film at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-5012 for details.
  • 11am: H.O.P.E. Theater: Helping Our People Engage, at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 715-7707 or -7708 for details.
  • 12pm: “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” episode 7, “Dedicated to Chaos,” follows swing into World War II, when big bands were a big part of morale. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Captain Phillips” (2013). The true story of a freight ship’s run-in with Somali pirates kicks off an Oscar Movie Series at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park, Md.
  • 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.
  • 3pm: Science at the Cinema at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-0232 for details.
  • 4:45pm: “The Rescuers” (1977). Two mice lead a search for a kidnapped girl. An after-hours drive-in movie at Potomac Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 6:30pm: “The Goonies” (1985). A treasure hunt in the suburbs. Part of Lansdowne Live! at Lansdowne Town Center, Rt. 7 and Belmont Ridge Rd., Lansdowne, Va.
  • 7pm: “Blonde Venus” (1932). Marlene Dietrich stars as a cabaret singer who takes up with a millionaire to pay her sister’s medical bills. Part of the series “Tough Dames in Satin Slips: Films from Pre-Code Hollywood” at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Apollo 13” (1995). The true story of the failed moon mission. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “The American President” (1995). Even the most powerful man in the world needs a little love. Preceded by the short “Pigeon Impossible.” The final film in the Golden Cinema Series at Farragut Square, K St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: SOLD OUT: “James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty” (2014) A world premiere screening at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978). A comedy about the wildest fraternity imaginable. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “The Internship” (2013). Two down-and-out salesmen try to catch up with the digital times by interning at a hip startup. Part of the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (1970). An aristocratic Italian Jewish family can’t keep the world at bay when Fascism goes on the rise. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Frozen” (2013). Playing again at the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 9pm: “Hairspray” (2007). The musical based on John Waters’s movie about integration in 1950s Baltimore. Recorded remarks from Waters himself will precede the screening, which kicks off Cinema al Fresco in Baltimore’s Little Italy, High and Stiles Sts.
  • Sunset: “Frozen” (2013). It’s also the first of the Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies this summer at Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.
  • Sunset: “Frozen” (2013). And yet again at Movies on the Green in Lovettsville, Virginia’s Town Green, 11 Spring Farm Dr.
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