Any given day, a movie is showing for free from Beltway to Beltway. They play all the time at local museums and libraries.
Granted, most of those films haven’t seen their first run in the multiplex for years, so it’s not everyday that you can see a movie for free before the rest of the country can.
This week, though, that changes.
The AFI Silver Theater in downtown Silver Spring is offering a sneak preview of a family-friendly, 3D animated comedy that’s coming out just in time for Hallloween. Your chance to see it free arrives this Sunday.
As for the rest of the week’s schedule, it contains the usual array of classics and recent releases, but there are plenty of good ones. Here it is, for the week starting Saturday, October 4th:
- 1pm: “Antonia” (2006). Four impoverished women in Brazil form a rap group. Foreign Film Series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 2pm: “Non-Stop” (2014). Liam Neeson must stop a group of ruthless hijackers. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
- 2pm: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014). The webslinger must stop an electrifying villain. Playing at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
- 2pm: “Frozen” (2013). A clumsy princess deals with her ice queen of a sister. Playing at Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, Md.
- 2pm: An Italian double feature: “Angelina” (1947) and “Bellissima” (1952). Part of the series “Suso Cecchi d’Amico: Homage at 100” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2pm: “Newsies” (1992). A song is on after a newsboy organizes a strike against a paycut by news magnate Joseph Pulitzer. Part of National Newspaper Week at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mt. Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 6pm: KidSpace Movie Night at Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Dr., Columbia, Md. Call (410) 381-7559 to pre-register.
- 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica”: “Torn,” from season 3. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7:30pm: “Up” (2009). A retiree takes his house for a helium-filled ride. The finale of the Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, 101 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.
- 8:30pm: “When Harry Met Sally…” (1989). Two longtime friends try to keep sex out of their relationship. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2pm: Libraries in Films series at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1742 for details.
- 3pm: “The Book of Life” (2014). A 3-D animated love story inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. Playing as a free sneak preview as part of the Latin American Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
- 5:30pm: An Italian new realist double feature: “La mia classe” (2013) and “TIR” (2013). Playing at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992). Backstabbing and wordplay at a shady real estate office. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
- 1:30pm: “Alice in Wonderland” (2010). Tim Burton’s quasi-sequel of Lewis Carroll’s adventure down the rabbit hole. Playing at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C..
- 4pm: “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010). A teen discovers he’s descended from Greek gods. Playing at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 5pm: “Divergent” (2014). A teen girl learns being different can be deadly. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
- 6pm: “The LEGO Movie” (2014). An ordinary Lego man discovers he’s a hero after he bends the instructions. Playing at Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, Md.
- 6:30pm: “Elmer Gantry” (1960). Burt Lancaster plays a hypocritical street preacher. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 8pm: “Hard Rock Zombies” (1985). The adventures of a band of undead 80s rockers. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “Body and Soul” (1947). A young boxer finds it’s tough to stay honest when money is involved. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
- 6pm: “Die Another Day” (2002). Agent 007 follows the trail of a North Korean terrorist bent on developing the ultimate space weapon. James Bond Film Festival at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: First Tuesday Family Movie at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md. Call (410) 222-6285 for details.
- 8:30pm: “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948). Humphrey Bogart mines for gold. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
- 3:30pm: Teen Movie Night at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
- 4pm: “Remember the Titans” (2000). The true story of the integration of T.C. Williams High School’s football team. Playing at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 5pm: “Gravity” (2013). A rookie astronaut fights to survive a disaster. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
- 6:30pm: “Harvest of Empire” (2012). The award-winning documentary about the wave of migration into the U.S. from Mexico, Central and South America. Playing at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “Body Heat” (1981). A modern-day film noir set in steamy Florida. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
- 3pm: “Babette’s Feast” (1987). A small Danish town changes for good when a French immigrant arrives. Movies About Food at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 5pm: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014). Playing again at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
- 6:30pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru and his minions try to stop a new supervillain. Pajama Movie Night at Tenley-Friendship Library,
- 6:30pm: A movie will play for Mental Health Awareness Week at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
- 7pm: “Isle of the Dead” (1945). A Boris Karloff thriller about a plague that forces a group to an island that may harbor something worse. Fear in the Dark movie series at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
- 7:30pm: An episode of “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files” will play as a tribute to the late James Garner at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mt. Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: “The Sting” (1973). A young con teams up with an old timer to learn the ropes. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
- 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: “Notorious” (1946). A woman is asked to spy on her Nazi friends in South America. Senior Cinema Series at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, Md.
- 12pm: “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” (2013). The story of the barrier that stood between Gen. Sherman’s Union troops and Atlanta at the height of the Civil War. Playing at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2:30pm: Baltimore Lives movie series at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Email Megan McNitt for information.
- 4pm: A Friday film at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: “Koch Brothers Exposed” (2014). A documentary on Charles and David Koch, the oil industry executives who’ve donated millions to conservative causes. Meaningful Movies: Olney, at the Buffington Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.
- 7pm: Ten Forward Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”: “11001001,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7:30pm: “Makers: Women Who Make America” (2013). The episode “Women in Space” from the PBS documentary series will play at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
- 7:30pm: Mount Pleasant Fall Movie at Lamont Park, 3213 Mount Pleasant St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962). A noble-minded lawyer takes on the case of a black man charged with rape in the Jim Crow South. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.