Where to Watch Free Films Indoors

Summer is full of free outdoor movie festivals, but Washington is lucky to have museums and cultural institutions that screen free films indoors all year round.

 
 
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The Freer's auditorium hosts Asian-related film series and events. In 2009, it's been screening new films from Hong Kong and it's served as the site of the Korean Fim Festival D.C. Summer 2009's big series is "The Riches of Early Soviet Cinema."

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The Hirshhorn's wildly popular "Summer Camp" summer movie series shows classic B-movies on Thursday nights in June. (This year's schedule is all Godzilla flicks.) Throughout the rest of the year, the auditorium screens movies related to the museum's exhibits.

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The Library of Congress hosts the most eclectic film programs in town. You might find "Kitten With a Whip" as part of a series dedicated to the films of Ann-Margret, recent popular films from Iran, multiple weeks featuring "Roller Disco Cinema" or a Shakespeare-on-screen festival that contrasts "Star Trek" episodes with classic versions of "Henry V." A local treasure.

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The National Gallery's auditorium, located in the East Building, shows movies related to the museum's current exhibits, but it also hosts an ambitious and rewarding schedule of weekend afternoon series dedicated to independent, vintage and foreign films as well as recent documentaries and kid-friendly films.

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