Cheap things to do: Free film screenings

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Instituto Cervantes
This Spanish-government-founded cultural center hosts both vintage Spanish-language classics and the latest in Latin American cinema, every Wednesday. 211 E 49th St between Second and Third Aves (212-308-7720, nuevayork.cervantes.es). Wed 6pm.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
What better way to spend an afternoon than catching up on vintage 16mm films and rare docs at this uptown institution? On Tuesdays through April 28, broke moviegoers can attend “Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance,” a series spotlighting female costume and set designers from the silent era to the present. 111 Amsterdam Ave between 64th and 65th Sts (212-870-1630). Tue 2:30pm. Through Apr 28.

Rubin Museum
Buy a drink ($7) and this Himalayas-focused museum will treat you to cabaret-style viewings ranging from Fellini (I Vitelloni, Friday 27) to Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle, March 20). 150 W 17th St at Seventh Ave (212-620-5000, rmanyc.org). Fri 9:30pm.

(Le) Poisson Rouge
Forget it’s the beginning of the week for a few hours at musician-founded multimedia arts space LPR, where every Monday night brings gratis movies like Scenes from a Marriage (March 9). 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-796-0741). Mon 8pm.

Brooklyn Public Library The BPL’s events calendar is dotted with free screenings so varied, something is bound to strike your fancy. On Sunday 1 at 1:30pm, you can catch 1923’s silent film The Extra Girl (with live piano accompaniment); come March 4 there’s Dr. Mehret Mandefro’s All of Us, a documentary about HIV in the Bronx (7pm). 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-230-2100, brooklynpubliclibrary.org))

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