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Library Film Series Summer & Fall 2023 Schedule

The BYU Library Film Series presents our summer and fall schedule.

All films start at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free.


May 12

Vertigo 1958

Each May we celebrate James Stewart’s birthday.

Arrive early, at 6:30, to enjoy a presentation on James Stewart by curator Ben Harry on the collberation between James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock.

This year we’re showing the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.

This film was shot on location in San Francisco.

It was the first film to use the zoom dolly to create a disorientating effect for viewers.

129 minutes



June 9

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963

A group of strangers fight tooth and nail as they race to find a buried treasure.

Director Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar winning film Judgement at Nuremburg with this harebrained comedy.

The film features a huge list of stars including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Provine and many more.

163 minutes


July 14

Shaggy Dog 1959

Only an act of bravery can save a boy cursed by an ancient spell that turns him into a shaggy dog. It doesn’t help that his father is a retired postal worker who hates dogs. The Shaggy Dog was the second highest grossing film of 1959.

92 minutes



August 11

The Philadelphia Story 1940


Katharine Hepburn, who had been labeled “Box Office Poison,” revitalized her career and established herself as a Hollywood icon with this film.

Called a “furiously witty comedy of manners,” it frequently appears on lists of great American films.

James Stewart won an Academy Award for Best Actor.

112 minutes


September 22

To Catch A Thief 1955

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in the story of a retired burglar who is accused of returning to a life of crime. The only way for him to clear his name is to catch the actual thief.

106 minutes


October 27

Dracula 1931

This film is credited with launching Hollywood’s love of horror films. Bela Lugosi plays the title role. The film takes Dracula from Transylvania to London, where the vampire hopes to spend his days in polite society and his nights hunting for victims.

75 minutes


November 10

Charade 1963


This film is a thriller, a romance, and a comedy all in one. Released in 1963, the film stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Filmed on location in Paris, with a soundtrack by Henry Mancini and a strong screenplay, it is a great example of mid-century films.

114 Minutes


December 8

It’s A Wonderful Life 1946


Every few years we screen James Stewart’s personal film copy of It’s A Wonderful Life.

Curator Ben Harry will bring Stewart’s film out of the vault and share it with the public for one screening.

131 minutes

“Go Make Great” The Norman Wilson Story

Grace Soelberg, the Latter-day Saint Collections Assistant in Special Collections has curated a new exhibit, “Go Make Great” The Norman Wilson Story.

Wilson was the first Black graduate of BYU.

Dr. Norman Wilson was born in Gibsland, Louisiana on January 17, 1913. He grew up on his parents’ farms where they grew cotton, vegetables and raised livestock. Though his parents were sharecroppers in the rural south, both they and Norman were taught to read by his cousin Allenia Wilson who had studied under Booker T. Washington. Wilson credits his parents and their sacrifices as the catalyst for his educational journey.

The public is invited to learn more of Dr. Wilson’s story by visiting the exhibition on level 1 of the library.

Ice Cream and Elevators: BYU’s First Student Film Restored

Curator Ben Harry Has restored BYU’s first student produced film.

In the spring of 1971 several students at Brigham Young University were given the opportunity to make a film.

It is a playful campus romance that captures a slice-of-life of BYU campus culture at the time and some of the cherished dating traditions of that era.

The 28-minute movie was premiered before 6,000 students in the Smith Field House on campus on May 6, 1971, and it ran until the end of the term in the on-campus Varsity

Since that time it has been an underground cult classic at BYU.

Join us March 3 at 7:00 pm in the library’s Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Library Film Series

March 10

What’s Up Doc

The film series is expanding our selections into the 1970s with a timely screwball comedy.

Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal star.

This film features one of the most memorable chase scenes of the era.

94 minutes


April 14

The Robe:
The Greatest Story of Love and Faith

Another anniversary film, this Hollywood epic was the first ever CinemaScope film.

Starring Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, and Michael Rennie.

Nominated for five Academy Awards.

This is the fictional story of the Roman soldier who was commander of the unit tasked with crucifying Jesus.

134 minutes


May 12


Each May we celebrate James Stewart’s birthday.

This year we’re showing the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.

Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.

This film was shot on location in San Francisco.

It was the first film to use the zoom dolly to create a disorientating effect for viewers.

129 minutes

All films will start at
7:00 pm
in the
Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium
on level 1 of the library.

January Classic Film: Wait Until Dark

On Friday January 20, The Library Film Series presents Wait Until Dark.



Starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, and Richard Crenna, this 1967 film is a fan favorite.

This film earned Hepburn her fifth Academy Award nomination.

A blind woman is terrorized by crooks who think she has a doll filled with heroin.

108 minutes

7:00 pm in the Library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1



Plan ahead for our February film, The War of the Worlds, 1953.

Each year the library selects a film that features a librarian.

This year we’re happy to mark the anniversary of this classic film that includes a library science professor.

7:00 pm on February 10.





Latter-day Gamers

The world of games has become a huge industry. Sales of board games are over $3 billion each year, video games are over $90 billion in The United States alone, and even card games generate almost a billion dollars. Students who once looked forward to working in the animation industry now look to game creation. The Latter-day Saint culture has strong connections to the creation of games.

The BYU Library’s new exhibit, located in Special Collections on level 1 of the library, features a selection of games from our collections. Not only are there board games and card games, but visitors can try their hand at early electronic games such as PONG. There is even a vintage Atari console connected to an old-school cathode ray tube TV for people looking for the true 8-bit experience.

The exhibit is divided into sections with church themed games, games created by members of the church, and interactive stations where games can be played. Just outside the exhibit space there are tables with Nephite vs Lamanite chess sets and game timers that students use during study breaks.

The exhibit is open from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, with an hour closing at 11:00 am on Tuesday for devotional, and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday. On Saturday the exhibit is open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The exhibit will run through June 2023.

Provo Pop Music Connections Panel Q&A


Provo and BYU have been connected to the music industry for generations, and the local music scene is more vibrant than ever.

Join us for a discussion and Q&A with figures from Provo’s music past and present.


Date: Wednesday October 12

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.



  • Melody Clinger: Guitar and vocals for The Clingers, America’s first all-girl rock band
  • Zach Collier: Keyboards for Michael Barrow & the Tourists, and editor of Provo Music Magazine
  • Karl Engemann: singer in The Engemann Trio, A & R Manager at Capitol Records, manager for Osmonds, Larry King, etc.
  • Paul Engemann: Vocals for 80s bands Device and Animotion and several movie soundtrack singles
  • Michael Hicks: Author of several books including Mormonism and Music: A History (1989); Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic and Other Satisfactions (1990); The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (2015), Spencer Kimball’s Record Collection (2020).

Before or after the Q&A stop by the Provo Pop Music Connections exhibit on the main floor of the BYU library.

October 6, The Alice Louise Reynolds Women in Scholarship Lecture


Corinna Trujillo Tanner PhD, RN, from the College of Nursing will present this year’s Alice Louise Reynolds Women in Scholarship Lecture. Her lecture is titled Treasures from the Abyss: Pathways to Posttraumatic Growth.

The unselfish touch of Alice Louise Reynolds can still be felt at Brigham Young University. The Harold B. Lee Library can trace its beginnings to a committee on which Miss Reynolds served, first as a member and later as chair. She devoted many years to building the dream of a large and comprehensive university library at BYU. Today the Harold B. Lee Library stands as a monument to her dedication and vision.

This lecture series has been established to honor Alice Louise Reynolds and to feature women in scholarship. It is through the generosity of members of the Alice Louise Reynolds Clubs and other Friends of the Library that the endowment for this annual lectureship has been made possible.

1:00 pm in the library’s Alice Louise Reynolds auditorium located on level 1.

Library Film Series Fall 2022

Join us for free classic films every month this fall.

All shows with be at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


Friday, September 16

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn won a Best Actress Oscar as a young European princess who breaks off an official goodwill tour so she can see the Eternal City incognito, and while doing so, falls for an American newspaperman who serves as her tour guide.


119 minutes


Friday, October 14

Arsenic and Old Lace

Cary Grant stars as the one sane member of a charmingly lunatic family in director Frank Capra’s classic comedy. When Mortimer Brewster (Grant) brings his new bride to meet his two kindly aunts, he discovers that, among many other acts of charity, the two genteel ladies help lonely old men die happy … by feeding them a wonderful meal before poisoning them. Now, Mortimer desperately wants to protect the two serial murderers he loves, stop them from killing anyone else and keep his bride from discovering how deranged his family really is.


118 minutes


Friday, November 11 (Date changed)

The African Queen

This film is said to be the inspiration for Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride, which lead to the 2021 Jungle Cruise film. All of it comes from a novel by C. S. Forester. Katharine Hepburn plays a missionary who’s brother is killed in WWI Africa. A steamer captain, played by Humphrey Bogart, offers her passage to safety. She’s not interested in hiding out and convinces him to attack the enemy.

The African Queen was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1994.


105 minutes


Friday, December 2

Singin’ in the Rain

We’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of this great film. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era–paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time–and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. Set during the advent of “talkies,” this film’s classic song-and-dance numbers celebrate the beginning of movie musicals.


103 minutes


Provo Pop Music Connections

Follow the interwoven histories of family acts like the Osmonds and the King Sisters or learn about the explosion of contemporary acts like Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons in the new exhibition on the library’s main floor.

Provo Pop Culture Music Connections looks at a century of music in Provo.

For years huge names in the music world performed here.

A remarkable number of bands started in Provo or had significant ties to the town in their early years.

Visitors are invited to share their wish list of bands they’d like to see perform in Provo.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during all library hours.

It will run until October 2022.