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Where the past comes back to life.

Welcome to the home of the Park Ridge Classic Film Series at the Park Ridge Public Library and the Pickwick Theatre. Both programs are hosted by film historian Matthew C. Hoffman. Each spring the Library presents a film program devoted to the study and appreciation of classic cinema. Through lecture and documentary, we reexamine films of the past and amplify their relevance. Prior to the actual film screening, we present the context and show the value of the selected film. Beginning in 2009, the Classic Film Series has presented a wide variety of programs on subjects such as film noir, pre-Code Hollywood, silent film comedy, Art Deco set design, and the swashbuckler genre of the 1930s and 1940s. Some of our presentations have also included special screenings at the historic Pickwick Theatre. Starting in September, 2013, the theatre will host its own monthly film series. These classic film programs have become a popular event in the community and have been featured in various media outlets. We cordially invite you and your family to join us as we celebrate our cinema heritage.

Visit our Film Schedule for program updates!

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Rediscovering the masters…
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Strange explorations into Cameraland…
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Two things we appreciate here: Joan Blondell and film stock!
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Need to reach us? Ask for Matthew at the Park Ridge Public Library: 847-825-3123.
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Your support will help us restore the old traditions…
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