Love ‘em or Hate ‘em…New Movie Series at the Central Library Begins April 3

PPL invites you to view our Offbeat, Contemporary Movie Musicals on the big screen!

Providence Public Library will kick off its spring movie series on April 3 with Pennies From Heaven, the first in a line-up of offbeat, contemporary movie musicals for adults.  The 10-film series will continue through June 16 with the first seven to be shown on Sundays at 1:30 pm in April and May and the final three wrapping up on Thursday evenings in June (times vary).  The Library is closed on Sundays after May 22. 

Silly, dark, creepy, or campy – these mind-bending musicals are from the likes of David Byrne, Spike Lee, John Turturro, and more! Watch them on the Central Library’s big screen (150 Empire Street), Auditorium Theater (3rd floor), Providence.  See Complete Schedule.

NOTE: These films are intended for adult audiences -- some contain adult themes, situations, and language. Please see ratings, below.

Films cost $2 each. Attend every show and watch the last one free!  All charges offset the cost of our film license -- exact change is much appreciated! 

Sunday, April 3, 1:30 pm -- PENNIES FROM HEAVEN  1981 R (108 mins)
In this bizarre but warmhearted black-and-white musical written by Dennis Potter and directed by Herbert Ross, traveling sheet music salesman Arthur (Steve Martin) entices innocent teacher Eileen (Bernadette Peters) in Depression-era Chicago. When Arthur and Eileen set out on a series of misadventures, their bleak world turns to song and dance in a series of lavish Busby Berkeley-style musical numbers. Christopher Walken and Jessica Harper co-star.

Sunday, April 10, 1:30 pm -- TRUE STORIES  1986, PG (89 mins)
Talking Heads front man David Byrne co-wrote, composed, directed and stars in this quirky musical journey into the odder side of small-town America. The residents of Virgil, Texas, are a motley crew -- from the woman who’s too lazy to get out of bed (Swoosie Kurtz) to the shy man who must advertise for a wife (John Goodman). Byrne serves as our tall-hatted tour guide through the town's sesquicentennial “Celebration of Specialness.”

Sunday, April 17, 1:30 pm -- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS  1986, PG-13 (93 mins)
Plant yourself in front of the tube and veg out with Frank Oz’s  horticultural horror flick. Gawky Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis), looking for a way to save his job in a ramshackle, skid row flower shop, purchases a curious exotic plant hoping  it will make business bloom. And it does. There’s just one problem: The little creeper possesses a rapacious appetite for fresh human plasma … and it’s mushrooming out of control!

Sunday, May 1, 1:30 pm -- ROMANCE & CIGARETTES  2005,  R (106 mins)
Adulterer Nick (James Gandolfini) must face the bleak fallout of his exposed affair with foul-mouthed Tula (Kate Winslet) after his stolid wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughters Constance (Mary-Louise Parker), Baby (Aida Turturro) and Rosebud (Mandy Moore) wise up. When they can’t find the right words to express their anger, everyone breaks out into song in writer-director John Turturro’s dark comedy. Steve Buscemi and Christopher Walken co-star.

Sunday, May 8, 1:30 pm -- ACROSS THE UNIVERSE  2007,  PG-13 (133 mins)
An American girl (Evan Rachel Wood) and a British lad (JimSturgess) fall in love amid the social and political upheaval of the 1960s in this movie musical from director Julie Taymor that features classic Beatles songs and a mix of live action and animation. On an excursion to America, Liverpool dock worker Jude (Sturgess) falls for Lucy (Wood). But when Lucy's brother (Joe Anderson) is drafted, Jude and Lucy take a stand as anti-war activists. 

Sunday, May 15, 1:30 pm -- REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA  2008, R (97 mins)
In the near future, a biotech company saves mankind with synthetic replacements for failed organs. But those who default on their new liver or heart are subject to repossession. Shilo (Alexa Vega) navigates this dystopia while searching for a cure for her rare illness. Her odyssey is set to a number of catchy songs in this tongue-in-cheek opera. Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head and Sarah Brightman round out the deliciously diverse cast. 

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 pm -- DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG  2008, NR (43 mins)
When he’s not busy breaking the law or trying to get close to     his secret crush, Penny (Felicia Day), supervillain wannabe Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) boasts about his exploits via his Internet video blog and dreams of defeating his nemesis, Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). Conceived during the 2008 Hollywood writers’ strike, Joss Whedon’s quirky musical comedy originally debuted as an online miniseries. 

Thursday, June 9, 6:45 pm -- THE BIG GAY MUSICAL  2009, NR (90 mins)
Life imitates a play, and that’s just the thing for sending up the Bible in this no-feathers-barred fantasia that swirls around Paul (Daniel Robinson) and Eddie (Joey Dudding), the leads in a musical called “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ’Em.” Offstage, the pair act out the story of their own star-crossed lives: Paul, recently dumped, just wants to stay in, while Eddie’s still coming out. But rest assured that the show tunes will go on.

Thursday, June 16, 6:45 pm -- ROAD, MOVIE  2009, NR (97 mins)
Reluctant to take over his father’s flailing hair-oil business, young Vishnu (Abhay Deol) becomes the sole proprietor of a traveling cinema after he hops on a truck containing a library of film reels and a film projector. During his odyssey across the Rajasthan desert, he befriends a young runaway, a gorgeous gypsy and others in this funny and romantic adventure, a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Genre: Bollywood Language: Hindi with translation.