Every weekend WNEW brings you a rundown of the week’s movies you can watch for free, mostly in museums around the Washington area.

But there’s one marathon screening this Sunday that’s too good to pass up, even though you’ll have to pay a few bucks to get in.

The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse is showing four holiday movies, and two TV specials, starting at 11:45 am December 15. For $8, you can see the classic cartoons “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” along with the feature films Elf, A Christmas Story, Scrooged and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

But if you’re too cheap even for that, there’s still time to catch a few holiday films for the low price of zip. Zilch. Nada.

On Monday, December 16, at 6pm, the National Theatre concludes its series of free holiday films with White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney.

Also, the Library of Congress is showing two holiday films at its Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Va. A Christmas Story will screen Thursday night at 7:30, followed by It’s a Wonderful Life on Friday at 7:30pm.

Here are the rest of the week’s free flicks for the week starting December 15:


  • 2pm: Heidi/i> (1937) starring Shirley Temple as the Swiss orphan from the classic children’s tale. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.
  • 7:30pm: Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), the silent original based on the Lew Wallace novel about a Jewish prince sold into Roman slavery. Live music performed by Ben Model, at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.


  • 1pm: A triple feature from the Freer Gallery’s series “Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Cinema of Shintoho,” celebrating the now-defunct Japanese studio that produced a slew of B-movies in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Playing in the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium: Flesh Pier (1958), Death Row Woman (1960) and Yellow Line (1960).
  • 4:30pm: Hawks and Sparrows (1966), an Italian fable about two friars who preach a doctrine of love to birds of the field. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium.


  • 7pm: Revenge of the Pearl Queen (1956). The Freer Gallery’s “Nudes! Guns! Ghosts!” series concludes with this film based on a true story of 19 Japanese men discovered on a tiny island years after World War II, who fight over the same woman. The movie features Michiko Maeda, who’s best known as the first Japanese actress to appear nude in a mainstream film. At the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium.