The beloved free summer series returns

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July

Gateway Film Center is excited to announce the return of Columbus’s signature, free summer movie series. Featuring movies based on your family’s favorite stories, this series encourages a love of literacy and film from a young age.

From Book to Film returns to the Film Center on June 4, 2022 and continues with a new film every week, featuring exciting series premieres alongside returning favorites.

Admission is free with your library card. Don’t have a card? You can ​apply for one online.


Explore the 2022 From Book to Film lineup

Click the titles below to learn more about each film.


How To Eat Fried Worms (2006)—June 4 & 5

Series Premiere | During the first day of his new school year, a fifth grade boy squares off against a bully.


Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)—June 11 & 12

Returning Favorite | Charlie Bucket finds the last golden ticket to the reclusive candy man’s famous factory.


The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)—June 18 & 19

Series Premiere | Four best friends buy a mysterious pair of pants that magically fits each of them.


The Witches (1990)—June 25 & 26

Returning Favorite | Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they’ve turned into a mouse.


The Wizard of Oz (1939)—July 2 & 3

Returning Favorite | Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world trying to find the way home.


The NeverEnding Story (1984)—July 9 & 10

Returning Favorite | A boy finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination.


Where The Wild Things Are (2009)—July 16 & 17

Returning Favorite | A classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in.


A Little Princess (1995)—July 23 & 24

Returning Favorite | A born-storyteller, Sara must survive boarding school after her father leaves for WWII.


Paddington 2 (2018)—July 30 & 31

Returning Favorite | Paddington’s gift for his Aunt Lucy is stolen, and it’s up to him and his family to find the thief.


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The Film Center has been proud to host From Book to Film since 2010

Explore previous year’s selections below.


2021 From Book to Film

Poster Images: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Paddington 2 (2017), October Sky (1999),  A League of Their Own (1992), My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018), Whale Rider (2002), A Little Princess (1995), Wonder (2017)

2020 From Book to Film From Home

In August 2020, Gateway Film Center and longtime partner Columbus Metropolitan Library brought this celebrated family film series online.

Poster Images: Curious George (2006), Ernest and Celestine (2012), James and the Giant Peach (1996), The Little Prince (2015), Mary Poppins (1964), The Secret of NIMH (1982), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Hugo (2011),  The Adventures of Tintin (2011),  Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Charlotte’s Web (1973), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Queen of Katwe (2016), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Pinocchio (1940), The Willoughbys (2020)

2019 From Book to Film

Poster Images: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Princess Bride (1987), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Paddington 2 (2017), Matilda (1996), An American Tail (1986), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009),  Coraline (2009), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Shrek (2001), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Holes (2003), Babe (1995)

2018 From Book to Film

Poster Images:  Mary Poppins (1964), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Little Women (1994), Shrek (2001), The NeverEnding Story (1984), The Princess Bride (1989), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Jumanji (1995), The Iron Giant (1999), The Hunger Games (2012), Where the Wild Things Are (2009),  How to Train Your Dragon (2010), The Wizard of Oz (1939)

2017 From Book to Film

Poster Images: The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Secret Garden (1993), Paddington (2015), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Princess Bride (1989), Shrek (2001), Spy Kids (2001), The Boxtrolls (2014),A Little Princess (1995), The Iron Giant (1999), Matilda (1996)

2016 From Book to Film

Poster Images: Jurassic Park (1993), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Matilda (1996), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Witches (1990), The Princess Bride (1989), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1998), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Coraline (2009)

2015 From Book to Film

Poster Images: The NeverEnding Story (1984), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), A Little Princess (1995), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009),  Paddington (2015), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Princess Bride (1989), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Homeward Bound (1993), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Muppet Treasure Island

2014 From Book to Film

Poster Images: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Mary Poppins (1964), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Shrek (2001), The Princess Bride (1989), Stuart Little (1999), The NeverEnding Story (1984) , Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

2013 From Book to Film

Poster Images: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Secret of NIMH (1982), Jumanji (1995), The Secret Garden (1993), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), The Princess Bride (1989), Shrek (2001),  The Iron Giant (1999), Matilda (1996), The NeverEnding Story (1984)

2012 From Book to Film

Poster Images: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Jumanji (1995), Peter Pan (1953), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Princess Bride (1989), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Babe (1995), Black Beauty (1994)