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Summertime outdoor movie festivals are in full swing from Beltway to Beltway, but this week, the one that many locals wait all year for gets under way.

The 16th annual HBO Screen on the Green begins this Monday with “The Karate Kid,” and continues for the next three Monday nights after that on the National Mall.

That’s just the centerpiece of a week that has even more drive-in-style free movie series kicking off, including Bethesda Outdoor Movies this Tuesday through Saturday, and a series sponsored by the Washington City Paper at D.C.’s Heurich House.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, July 19th:

Saturday:

  • 10:30am: A double-feature: “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008) followed at 2pm by “After Hours” (1985). Playing at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 11am: A high-tech double-feature: “WALL•E” (2008) and “Her” (2013) at 1:30. Playing at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 2pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009). A nerd invents a machine that turns weather into food. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “Robots” (2005). An office comedy set in a robot world. A matinee at Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994). A troupe of drag queens take a road trip across the Australian outback. Part of the That’s so LGBTQA! Movie Series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan” (2012). A documentary about D.C.’s best known graffiti artist. Playing at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 2:30pm: Selections from the Black Maria festival will play at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 5pm: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). Katniss and Peeta are forced into a battle to the death with past winners of the Hunger Games. The conclusion of the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica”: “Scar,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Flint Lockwood’s food-making weather machine goes a little haywire. Cinema Del Ray at the Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “A Brief History of Time” (1991). The story of Stephen Hawking, the brilliant astrophysicist who continues to overcome a paralyzing disability. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Exorcist” (1973). A Georgetown mom consults priests when her daughter starts spewing green goo and profanity. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Notting Hill” (1999). The world’s biggest movie star falls in love with a lowly bookshop owner. Summer Movies @ Penrose Square, 2501 9th Rd. S., Arlington, Va.
  • 9pm: “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). Two longtime friends find it tough to resist their attraction to each other.
    Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 9pm: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). Gene Wilder plays Roald Dahl’s eccentric candy maker. Playing at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, 101 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Sunset: “Enchanted” (2007). A cartoon maiden is banished by an evil queen into a horrifying h place: the real world. Cinema Under the Stars at Loudoun Station, 43805 Central Station Dr., Ashburn, Va.
  • Sunset: “Dolphin Tale” (2011). A true story of friendship between a boy and a dolphin who loses its tail. Movies on the Beach, 8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, Md.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: Hitchcock in July at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: “The White Storm” (2013). A Hong Kong anti-narcotics team reunites for one final, major bust. Part of the 19th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” (2010). Days after what would have been his 96th birthday, the PBS documentary on the anti-apartheid legend plays at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 4pm: More selections from the Black Maria festival will play at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). Playing again as part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru faces a new supervillain. Part of Cinema Under the Stars at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Lilies of the Field” (1963). A drifter helps some nuns build their dream chapel in the desert. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 1pm: “Frankenweenie” (2012). Tim Burton’s animated take on the Frankenstein story, with man’s best friend in the monster’s role. Playing at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Mondays at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library. Movie repeats at 6:30. 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 2pm: “The Iron Giant” (1999). A young boy befriends a towering alien automaton. A summer matinee at Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 3pm: “Love and Basketball” (2000). A childhood romance survives ambition on the hardwood. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 5pm: “Ride Along” (2014). A cop welcomes his future brother-in-law to the family by showing him the mean streets. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6pm: A fantasy flick at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Sabrina” (1954). Wealthy brothers compete for the affections of their chauffeur’s beautiful daughter. Part of the series “Audrey: Her Life in Film” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “Thor: The Dark World” (2013). A race of beings bent on destroying the known universe possess Thor’s human lady love. Playing at Elkridge Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md.
  • 7pm: “The Karate Kid” (1984). A bullied teen fights back by taking martial arts lessons from an elderly groundskeeper. The kickoff of Screen on the Green, The National Mall between 7th and 12th Sts., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004). An escaped murderer goes after the boy wizard in his third year at Hogwarts. Muggle Mondays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Honky” (1971). A love story between a rich black woman and a poor white man. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Playing again at the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Suddenly” (1954). Frank Sinatra stars in this drama about gangsters bent on killing the president. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Escape from Planet Earth” (2013). An astronaut falls into a trap after answering a distress call from an alien world. Movies on the Beach at 27th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • Sunset: “Con Air” (1997). An ex-con has to be a hero when his prisoner transport plane is hijacked by some fellow offenders. Part of Crystal Screen’s “In Flight” series, 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 2pm: “Mary Poppins” (1964). A magical nanny adds a spoonful of sugar to a stodgy English family. A 50th anniversary singalong at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 5pm: “Inherit the Wind” (1960). Spencer Tracy stars in this acclaimed movie based on the Scopes monkey trial. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “Double Indemnity” (1944). An insurance man is roped into a fraud that kills. Book to Film Club at Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: The cult classics series continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Email Megan McNitt for details.
  • 7pm: “The Lego Movie” (2014). An ordinary minifigure learns everything is awesome when you bend the rules. Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, 1st and L 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: “The Bad Seed” (1956). A mother suspects her innocent-looking eight year old may he a killer. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 9pm: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986). The most popular kid in school also happens to be really good at not attending. The kickoff of Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn Aves., Bethesda, Md.
  • Sunset: “The Lego Movie” (2014). Also part of Movie Night at South Riding Center, 42420 Unicorn Dr., South Riding, Va.

Wednesday:

  • 11am: “Story of a Beautiful Country” (2004). A documentary of post-apartheid South Africa. Playing at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 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: “World War Z” (2013). Brad Pitt stars as a UN worker racing against time to stop a zombie pandemic. A teen movie at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, Md.
  • 2pm: “Let There Be Light” (1946). John Huston’s documentary following World War II veterans battling what was then known as shell shock. Playing at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “The Hunger Games” (2012). An impoverished teen volunteers to replace her sister in an annual fight to the death. Summer Reading for Teens matinee at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 3:30pm: “Ride Along” (2014). Playing again at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 3:30pm: A Wednesday night teen movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “Mulan” (1998). A stubborn Chinese teen disguises herself as a man to save her aging father from fighting the Huns. A summer singalong at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “In Her Shoes” (2005). Two estranged sisters learn to reconcile after meeting a grandmother neither knew they had. Bilingual Spanish/English Book Club at Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, Md.
  • 7pm: “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” (1976). A TV movie based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story about a shy girl who comes out of her shell after meeting her flapper cousin. Playing at St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Coeurs” (2006). Part of the series “Reminiscence: Alain Resnais” at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, D.C. Reserve a seat here.
  • 7pm: “The Dark Knight” (2008). Batman faces his most evil enemy yet: a deranged man with a scarred smile who’s driven by chaos. Part of NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “My Family / Mi Familia” (1995). The story of three generations of an immigrant family in Los Angeles. Part of the GatewayDC Summer Film Series, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Steamboy” (2004). Modern classic anime set in 1860s England. The kickoff of Movies at Montpelier, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Sense and Sensibility” (1995). Two sisters compete for love in the English countryside. Part of the Jane Austen Film Fest at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Notorious” (1946). A woman is recruited to spy on her Nazi friends in South America. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013). How Walt Disney convinced P. L. Travers to make “Mary Poppins” a movie. Movies on the Beach at the Carousel, 116th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • 9pm: “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012). A tale of young love as only Wes Anderson could tell it. Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn Aves., Bethesda, Md.

Thursday:

  • 1:30pm: “Diner” (1982). Barry Levinson’s nostalgia trip to 1950s Baltimore. Playing at Northwood Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 3pm: “Once” (2006). Love blooms between two folky songwriters. Movies That Rock at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6:30pm: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991). Disney’s Oscar-nominated tale as old as time. 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.
  • 6:30pm: Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: “Wayne’s World” (1992). A slacker with a cable access show gets a shot at the big time. The kickoff of Washington City Paper Summer Cinema at Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “42” (2013). The Jackie Robinson story. Seating at 7:00. Film begins at 8:00. Part of Films at the Stone at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial on the National Mall, 1964 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Applause” (1929). A burlesque star tries to keep her daughter from following in her footsteps. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Great Gatsby” (2013). Baz Luhrmann’s hip-hop-infused take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “They Drive By Night” (1940). Two truck driving brothers fall into hard times, in more ways than one. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Freaky Friday” (2003). A mom and a teen with nothing in common really find out what it’s like in the other’s shoes. Movies on the Beach at Princess Royale, 91st St., Ocean City, Md.
  • 9pm: “King of Hearts” (1966). A World War I private heads to. French town to diffuse a bomb, and winds up in the local insane asylum. Part of 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.
  • 9pm: “Citizen Kane” (1941). Orson Welles’s visionary tale of a newspaper baron plays at Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn Aves., Bethesda, Md.
  • Sunset: “Invincible” (2006). The true story of a bartender who rose to fame in the 1970s Philadelphia Eagles. Part of Canal Park Thursday Movies: “It’s a Whole New Ballgame,” 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 11am: A family 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 9, “The Adventure,” . Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). Playing again at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Great Gatsby” (2013). Playing again as part of the Oscar Movie Series at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park, Md.
  • 2pm: “March of the Penguins” (2005). The heartwarming nature film set in a cold place plas at Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall, Md.
  • 2pm: “Babe” (1995). A prizewinning pig learns to herd sheep. Summer Cinema at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 2:30pm: “Mary Poppins” (1964). A family matinee at Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, 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.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “Muppets Most Wanted” (2014). Kermit the Frog is mistaken for an international criminal mastermind. Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park, 39 N. Hackery Ave., Bel Air, Md.
  • 7pm: Ten Forward Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”: “Code of Honor,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011). A scrawny patriot volunteers to become a super soldier. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “We Still Kill the Old Way” (1967). A leftist professor suspects coverup when two men are killed in a hunting party. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “No se Aceptan Devoluciones / Instructions Not Included” (2013). A man makes a life for a baby left on his doorstep. Then, six years later, the mother returns. Playing at Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, Md.
  • 8pm: “Tokyo Twilight” (1957). Two sisters discover what happened to the mother they thought abandoned them. A City Nights Open Houses screening at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Up in the Air” (2009). A man who fires people for a living finds his lifestyle threatened by love. Part of the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Iron Man 3” (2013). Tony Stark finds himself nearly powerless against an international terrorist with ties to his past. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004). A Jacques Cousteau-like explorer assembles a ragtag crew to go after a mythical shark. Summer Escapes at Union Market, 1309 5th St., NE, Washington, D.C. Walkups are free, but parking costs $10.
  • 8:30pm: “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940). Henry Fonda stars in this Depression-era classic. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Enchanted” (2007). Playing again at Movies on the Beach at 27th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • 9pm: “Big Night” (1996). Can one special night save a failing Italian restaurant? Cinema al Fresco in Baltimore’s Little Italy, High and Stiles Sts.
  • 9pm: “Pitch Perfect” (2012). Anna Kendrick stars in this hilarious sendup of college singing competitions. Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn Aves., Bethesda, Md.
  • Sunset: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Playing again at Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies at Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.
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