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popcornShakespeare didn’t write to be read. His plays were meant to be performed. The speeches of Martin Luther King were beautifully written, but the experience of reading them cannot compare with the power of King’s delivery.

For more than two decades, PPL has been committed to offering the best of popular feature films, unusual indies, classics, animation, and world cinema, as well as documentaries, performances, and educational and instructional videos.

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About the collection

PPL owns almost 15,000 DVDs for kids & families, teens, and adults – feature films and non-fiction covering all subject areas. Areas of concentration in the adult collection include film study, media literacy, black history and civil rights, and all things Irish.

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Film Programs and Discussion Series

  • National Novel Writing Month Film Series
    This November festival of words features readings by local authors and screenings of movies about writers.
  • Family Movie Night at Peaks Island Branch
    Saturdays at 6:00pm year-round

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Upcoming Events:
May09
Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Film Series: Almost Famous
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Writer-director Cameron Crowe's fictionalized account of his own adventures as a young man on the road profiling a rock band for Rolling Stone magazine.
May16
Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Film Series: Don't Stop Believin'
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors This documentary chronicles the rise of young Arnel Pineda, who was discovered singing in the streets in the Philippines and skyrocketed to fame as the new lead singer of one of rock's most iconic bands.
May23
Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Film Series: Sid & Nancy
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb star as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, two young lovers who exemplified the punk lifestyle right up to their deaths.
May30
Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Film Series: Queercore
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors What started as a spoof of punk culture grew into a real community of LGBTQ artists, filmmakers and musicians. In conjunction with our commemoration of the Stonewall riots, the Library partners with Pride Portland to present this unique documentary.
Recent Posts:
New From Videoport and PPL: Films About Philosophy and Religion
March 9, 2019 - Announcement of the latest Videoport movies to circulate: Philosophy and Religion   more »
Remembering Martin Luther King 1/21/19
January 18, 2019 - Martin Luther King on Education   more »
New From Videoport and the Portland Public Library: Bollywood
December 6, 2018 - Newly available from the Videoport collection: Bollywood films   more »