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Films @ PPL

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.


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.


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:
Black History Film Series: Get On the Bus
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Charles S. Dutton heads the cast in this story about a group of black men on a cross-country bus trip to the Million Man March, which took place in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 16, 1995. Directed by Spike Lee.
Black History Film Series: Basquiat
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Biopic of the young graffiti artist from Brooklyn who took the New York art world by storm in the early 1980s. Directed by Julian Schnabel, this 1996 film features an all-star cast.
Recent Posts:
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 »
New From Videoport and the Portland Public Library
November 3, 2018 - Introducing the Videoport pop music movies, now requestable from the Portland Public Library   more »