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The Center for Contemporary Culture at the downtown library is a  multi-purpose performance and educational space. Equipped with state-of-the art technology, the center is the premier destination for cultural and educational programs, including concerts, author talks, films, children’s programs and special events.

If you're interested in reserving a meeting room for a program or event, please click here to complete our reservation request form. To learn more about other programs click here for the events calendar.
 
Film Premiere – Veterans of Color
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – 5:30-7:30 PM (60-minute run time)
Center for Contemporary Culture

Honoring the courage, adversity and triumph of our veterans with powerful stories of African-American men and women in the service of their country during World War II, and wars in Korea and Vietnam. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30. A discussion will follow the film’s debut.

In partnership with CT African American Affairs Commission and Alpha Psi Boulé

 
WayBack Wednesdays Summer Movie Series
Wednesdays, July 2 – August 27
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Join us for a summer movie series that will take you for a trip down memory lane – we are bringing back the classic golden oldies for cool summer fun! Check back soon for a full movie lineup and showtimes.

 
Sons of the Desert (1933)
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(64-minute running time)

The premier comedic duo of their time, Laurel plays the likable, childish counterpart to Hardy’s pompous self-assurance. 1933’s Sons of the Desert plays up their differences as they scheme their way into a trip away from their wives – only for the wives to discover the ruse and decide to test out each man’s honesty. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(101-minute running time)

What would any classic movie list be without including 1939’s The Wizard of Oz? Watch the forlorn Dorothy as she wishes for a world “somewhere over the rainbow” only to realize, through her journeys, that there’s truly no place like home. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
Casablanca (1942)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(102-minute running time)

A movie that needs no introduction, Casablanca (1942) has been a long-time contender for the title “Greatest Movie of All Time.” Follow Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine as he yearns for Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa, while also coming to understand her larger place in the world: standing at the side of her freedom-fighter husband, supporting the Czech Underground against Nazi forces. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(112-minute running time)

A film that gives audiences yet another opportunity to hear Judy Garland’s award-winning voice, Meet Me in St. Louis is a story about family, sisterhood, the youthful excitement of seeing the World Fair, and – above all – a simple love story about a girl pining for the boy next door. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
Marty (1955)
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(94-minute running time)

Marty – a lonely butcher, approaching middle-age, and still living with his mother – has never been married. Things start to look up, though, when he meets Clara – a plain school-teacher caught in a similar predicament. The two just might work if he can overcome the neuroses of friends and family and just give her a call. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(111-minute running time)

James Dean’s most celebrated film, Rebel Without A Cause, follows the rebellious Jim Stark as he contends with troubles at home while making friends and enemies in a new town. This 1955 award-nominated has influenced generations of movies to follow. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(96-minute running time)

Jailhouse Rock opened to mixed reviews, but with an energetic performance by the King of Rock himself, it has placed itself in the collective cultural consciousness with one of the most-oft reproduced musical numbers. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.

 
The Misfits (1961)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
(125-minute running time)

The last movie of both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, The Misfits was met with critical acclaim for both its script and performances. Monroe’s Roslyn meets an aging cowboy who, despite personal and moral differences, strives to make a home with her. Way Back Wednesdays bring the classics of the 1920s - 1960s alive this summer. Get the big screen experience for nine of your favorite films from way back when.