The beloved summer series returns June 4—August 1

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30PM.


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

The series returns to the Film Center on June 4, 2021 and continues with a new film every week.

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


2021 From Book to Film lineup

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30PM. Free tickets are available to pick up at the Film Center with your library card.

Click the titles below to learn more about each film

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)—June 4—6

From Director Mel Stuart. A series favorite returns with 50th anniversary screenings in 35mm! See full details here.

Akeelah and The Bee (2006)—June 11—13

A series premiere from Director Doug Atchinson. See full details here.

Paddington 2 (2018)—June 18—20

A returning favorite from Director Paul King. See full details here.

October Sky (1999)—June 25—27

A series premiere from Director Joe Johnston. See full details here.

A League Of Their Own (1992)—July 2—4

A series premiere from Director Penny Marshall with screenings in 35mm! See full details here.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018)—July 9—11

A series premiere from Director Kenji Nagasaki. See full details here.

Whale Rider (2002)—July 16—18

A series premiere from Director Niki Caro. See full details here.

A Little Princess (1995)July 23—25

A series premiere from Director Alfonso Cuarón. See full details here.

Wonder (2017)July 30—Aug 1

A series premiere from Director Stephen Chbosky. See full details here.

Ohio Arts Council
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Campus Partners
G&J Pepsi
WOSU Public Media


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2020 From Book to Film From Home

In August 2020, Gateway Film Center and longtime partner Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) brought this celebrated family film series online. The series started Saturday, August 1 with weekly selections revealed on Saturdays throughout the month of August. The new ​From Book to Film from Home​ series featured films that are all available online for free or on subscription streaming platforms. Also new to the series this year was a selection of short films adapted from books to accompany the feature-length films.

The 2020 ​From Book to Film from Home​ program was supported in part by PNC and the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Film Center received ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Campus Partners, and The Columbus Foundation.

2020 Weekly Lineups

Click the images below to see the list of films for each week

Did you have a favorite film or discover something new? Let us know on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram with #FromBookToFilm.