Movies: anytime, any location, all ages

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Join us each month as we enjoy a movie on our big screen.


Friday, April 18, 2014
2:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Join us for one of Hollywood's all time silent movie classics: Metropolis, with a newly recorded orchestral score. Released in 1927, it explores social inequities in the year 2026. Popcorn and soda round out an afternoon of viewing this visual masterpiece.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Swoon with Irene Dunne, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. Take in this lineup of great screen romances.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For decades, the fictional world of superheroes was dominated by male characters. Wonder Woman was the only female with any real clout.

Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan presents and leads a discussion of her feature documentary exploring the concept of heroic women from the birth of superheroes in the 1940s to the TV and big screen action blockbusters of today. Actresses Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter and Lindsay (The Bionic Woman) Wagner, feminist Gloria Steinem, and punk rocker Kathleen Hanna are among those interviewed in the film.

Presented by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Swoon with Irene Dunne, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. Take in this lineup of great screen romances.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

If only we could strike it rich, then our problems would be over. Right? Not according to John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which demonstrates that with newfound wealth comes plenty of bad baggage: bloodthirsty bandits, betrayal, and madness. Shot almost entirely in Mexico (one of the first Hollywood movies made on a foreign location) and oozing authenticity with every frame, this superb adventure won two Oscars for John Huston (directing and screenplay) and another (supporting actor) for his father – the only such father-son win in Academy history.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Please join us this afternoon for our Sunday family movie. (Parents with children)


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Figures from history come to life in May's lineup of Hollywood bio-pics.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Just weeks after marrying in Washington, D.C., in 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving (he was white, she was African American) were dragged from their bed in the middle of the night and jailed for violating a Virginia law against marrying a person of a different race. Convicted, they were banished from the state and spent the next nine years fighting for the right to return, eventually taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thanks to the Lovings, the last remaining miscegenation laws in the U.S. were overturned.

Randal M. Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, provides opening and closing remarks.


Friday, May 9, 2014

42 - starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford

History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

This 2013 movie is rated PG-13 and runs 128 minutes.

Come join us in the spacious Westport meeting room for a great movie and light snacks.