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It was near midnight on Christmas Eve eve in the wastes of New Carrollton. The now-rightly defunct Zayre was having an all-night sale. Into the largely deserted building a small group of shaggy men were drawn, for inexplicable reasons, probably alcohol-related. After idly wandering the aisles, they coalesced in the back. There, a literal wall of televisions was on, each 13- to 21-inch set silently showing Channel 20’s flickering broadcast of 1963’s They Saved Hitler’s Brain, while Muzak carols attempted seasonal cheer. This remains my favorite Christmas memory. The sentimentalists at the Washington Psychotronic Film Society are screening the holiday favorite as an Election ’96 warning. See it with someone you’d vote for. At 8 p.m. at Las Cruces, 1524 U St. NW. $2. (202) 736-1732. (Dave Nuttycombe)