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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


Related Online Resources free with your library card

Filmmakers Library Online

PPL patrons have free access to this remarkable database of films, which features over 1,000 titles and 800 hours of film. Award-winning documentaries, reenactments, and interviews cover a multitude of topics representing cultures and traditions from around the world. Ideal for teachers and students, the database allows users to create their own playlists. Topics include gender studies, health and medicine, environmental concerns, criminal justice and social policy, as well as arts and literature.

Mango Premiere

Mango Premier logoLights. Camera. Language. Try this new Mango product — the first and only language and culture learning system that teaches through feature films now available from Portland Public Library.

Classical Music Online

Classical Music OnlineWatch classical music in video, the definitive online collection for the study of classical music including almost 1,000 hours of classical music, performances and master classes – approximately 1,500 performances of all forms of classical music from medieval to the 21st century.

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Upcoming Events:
Movie: Personal Best
6:30pm - 8:45pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Mariel Hemingway stars as an Olympic hopeful.
Movie: My Beautiful Laundrette
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Directed by Stephen Frears and starring Saeed Jaffrey and Daniel Day Lewis, this groundbreaking British film addresses issues of xenophobia, homophobia, and the politics of Margaret Thatcher.
Movie: Saved!
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin star in this satirical film about a Fundamentalist Christian high school. One young man's coming out sets off a chain of events that changes the lives of many. Can these kids be saved?
Movie: The Crying Game
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors The big reveal in this film may not be as surprising today as it was in 1992, but the story still has enough twists and turns to keep audiences in suspense.
Recent Posts:
Movie of the Month: Changeling
May 6, 2016 - Angelina Jolie gives a heartbreaking performance in Changeling.   more »
Movie of the Month: Purple Rain
April 25, 2016 - Movie of the Month: Purple Rain, starring Prince. When comes such another?   more »
The Criterion Collection: Challenging the Canon
April 2, 2016 - How do we go about adding more films by women to the canon?   more »