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The free summer outdoor movie scene gets more of a classic flair this week.

After kicking off (sorry) with “The Karate Kid,” D.C.’s Screen on the Green on the National Mall brings Rock Hudson and Doris Day back to the big screen this Monday night, while later in the week, one of Baltimore’s favorite outdoor movie festivals goes ape with “King Kong” on Friday.

That’s just the tip of a cinematic iceberg full of options for all tastes, young and old.

Here’s the full list of free movies from Beltway to Beltway for the week starting Saturday, July 26th:

Saturday:

  • 11am: Batman Days at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-5012 for details.
  • 2pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). A monster movie where the monsters are food! Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Incredibles” (2004). A family of superheroes tries to blend in. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “WALL•E” (2008). Love among robots. A family movie at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “NAILgasm” (2012). A short documentary about the subculture of fingernail art in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Ayla Montgomery will lead a discussion before the screening at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 2:30pm: “Shirley: Visions of Reality” (2013). Thirteen of Edward Hopper’s most iconic paintings are brought to life in this Austrian film. Director Gustav Deutsch will introduce the screening at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 3pm: “Pocahontas” (1995). Disney’s telling of the love story between a Native American princess and an English explorer. A family film at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica”: “Sacrifice,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “The Roaring Twenties” (1939). James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart play World War I buddies turned Prohibition gangsters. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “The Sandlot” (1993). A new kid in the neighborhood tries to play ball. Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Dr., Fairfax, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Young Frankenstein” (1974). Not even a different pronunciation can help this guy escape his mad scientist legacy. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006). A dysfunctional family hits the road for a child pageant. Summer Movies @ Penrose Square, 2501 9th Rd. S., Arlington, Va.
  • 9pm: “Grease” (1978). A goody-two-shoes is hopelessly devoted to a leather-jacket rebel in this classic musical. Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 9pm: “Top Gun” (1986). A dangerous fighter pilot falls for a beautiful instructor at an elite training school. The conclusion of Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn Aves., Bethesda, Md.
  • Sunset: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). The despicable Gru is recruited to fight a new supervillain. Cinema Under the Stars at Loudoun Station, 43805 Central Station Dr., Ashburn, Va.

Sunday:

  • 1pm: A horror-comedy double feature. The jiang shi zombie classic “Mr. Vampire” (1985) and a film it inspired, “Rigor Mortis” (2013). 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: Super Hero Sunday at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 698-6373 for movie information.
  • 2pm: Hitchcock in July at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 4pm: A rescreening of “Shirley: Visions of Reality” (2013) at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Annie” (1982). A little orphan charms a grumpy tycoon. Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “The Blind Side” (2009). The true story of a homeless teen who rises to professional football stardom. Cinema Under the Stars at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Goodfellas” (1990). Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie based on the memoirs of a real-life informant. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 11am: A G-rated movie at Prince William County’s Potomac Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, Va. Call (703) 792-8830 for details.
  • 12:30pm: “Inception” (2010). Thieves steal corporate secrets by invading dreams. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 1pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Playing again at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 2pm: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001). An orphaned boy discovers he’s more powerful than he could have possibly realized. Playing 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.
  • 4pm: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012). Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves set off for adventure. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6pm: Booklover’s Film Companion at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: “Funny Face” (1957). A fashion photographer makes his newest discovery at a bookshop. L Part of the series “Audrey: Her Life in Film” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Lover Come Back” (1961). Rock Hudson and Doris Day star as ad execs with a love-hate relationship. Part of Screen on the Green on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Sts., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Evil Under the Sun” (1982). A diamond heist at a luxury resort turns into a murder investigation for Hercule Poirot. Aspen Hill Library Film Festival, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, Md.
  • 8pm: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005). Hogwarts School hosts a wizarding tournament. Muggle Mondays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Bunny O’Hare” (1971). Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine play seniors on a crime spree. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Dolphin Tale” (2011). A true story of friendship between a boy and a wounded porpoise. Playing at the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “An Affair to Remember” (1957). Two lovers agree to rekindle their romance at the top of the Empire State Building. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Zambezia” (2012). A naïve young falcon tries to make it in the big bird city. Movies on the Beach at 27th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • Sunset: “Iron Eagle” (1986). A teen “borrows” a couple of fighter jets to rescue his father from the Middle East. Part of Crystal Screen’s “In Flight” series, 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 6pm: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001). Playing again as part of Wizard Week at Palisades Library, 4901 V 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.
  • 8:30pm: “Atlantic City” (1980). The gangster flick with Susan Sarandon and Burt Lancaster. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday:

  • 12pm: A couple of films for children about two American artists. “Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt” (2008), followed at 1:00 by “Degas and the Dancer” (1999). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 3:30pm: A Wednesday night teen movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
  • 7pm: “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014). More than a week before it arrives in theaters, the National Geographic Society is offering a free advance screening of the film starring Helen Mirren as a French restaurateur who declares war on a new Indian establishment across the street from her Michelin-starred eatery. 1600 M St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Pitch Perfect” (2012). A free-spirited college freshman finds her niche in a competitive chorus. Part of NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “WALL•E” (2008). Playing again at the GatewayDC Summer Film Series, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Seven Days in May” (1964). Military leaders plot to overthrow a president seeking disarmament with the Soviets. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Smurfs 2” (2013). Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette in Paris and tries to make his own little creatures. Movies on the Beach at the Carousel, 116th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • Sunset: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Playing again at Movie Night at Town Green, 43055 Center St., South Riding, Va.

Thursday:

  • 1:30pm: “Tin Men” (1987). A minor car wreck drives two aluminum salesmen to extremes in 1960s Baltimore. Playing at Northwood Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2:30pm: “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1926). The oldest surviving animated film. Then, at 7:30, the first animated feature-length motion picture, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 3pm: “Music and Lyrics” (2007). An 80s pop has-been looks to make a comeback with help from a little-known lyricist. Movies That Rock at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 4pm: “Ender’s Game” (2013). A young boy is recruited to lead a war against invading aliens. Sci-Fi Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010). A teen learns he’s descended from Greek gods. Teen movie at Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.
  • 6:30pm: Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001). Playing again at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: “Red Headed Woman” (1932). The many affairs of a ginger-topped vixen. Part of the series “Tough Dames in Satin Slips: Films in Pre-Code Hollywood” at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Clueless” (1995). Jane Austen’s “Emma,” with a dash of high school politics. Washington City Paper Summer Cinema at Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Last Warning” (1938). Detective Bill Crane investigates mysterious letters at a country estate. Playing at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 8pm: “The Visitor” (2007). A professor attends a conference in New York and finds a young couple living in his apartment. Movies @ The Mill, 2611 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Lego Movie” (2014). An ordinary minifigure becomes even more awesome when he ditches the instructions. Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Stalag 17” (1953). An American airman is under suspicion when two POWs are killed trying to escape a Nazi camp. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Space Jam” (1996). Michael Jordan plays ball with the Looney Toons. Movies on the Beach at Princess Royale, 91st St., Ocean City, Md.
  • 9pm: “Wargames” (1983). A teen stumbles upon real nukes when he thinks he’s playing a computer game. 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.
  • Sunset: “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002). A British teen of Indian descent defied her family with dreams of soccer stardom. Part of Canal Park Thursday Movies: “It’s a Whole New Ballgame,” 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 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 10, “A Masterpiece at Midnight,” looks ahead to the music’s future at the turn of the 21st century. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “American Hustle” (2013). A con man and his seductive girlfriend stumble into dark territory when they meet a rogue FBI agent. Oscar Movie Series at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Land Before Time” (1988). The dinosaur cartoon that started it all. Summer Cinema at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 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.
  • 7pm: Ten Forward Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”: “The Last Outpost,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Shanghai Blues” (1984). A Chinese soldier reunites with a woman ten years after a fleeting but passionate encounter. 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.
  • 7pm: “Julie & Julia” (2009). A blogger feels a special connection with Julia Child. Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “The Triplets of Belleville” (2003). A grandmother enlists music hall singers to help save her Tour de France-winning grandson from French Mafiosi. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “9 to 5” (1980). Three office workers find a way to turn the tables on their misogynistic boss. Part of the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Man of Steel” (2013). The brooding Superman reboot. Part of Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Finding Nemo” (2003). A neurotic clown fish loses his son. Summer Escapes at Union Market, 1309 5th St., NE, Washington, D.C. Walkups are free, but parking costs $10.
  • 8:30pm: “High Anxiety” (1977). Mel Brooks’s Hitchcock spoof plays at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Lego Movie” (2014). Playing again at Movies on the Beach at 27th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • 9pm: “King Kong” (1933). A giant prehistoric ape swoons over Fay Wray. Cinema al Fresco in Baltimore’s Little Italy, High and Stiles Sts.
  • Sunset: “The Smurfs 2” (2013). Playing again at Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies at Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.

WNEW’sNathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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