The Public

Film • Apr 19–Apr 25

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After learning that emergency shelters are full when a brutal cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group of homeless patrons, led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams), refuse to leave the public library. What begins as a nonviolent sit-in quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught up in the middle.

Directed by Emilio Estevez.


Two screenings of The Public are presented free of charge in partnership with Richland Library. Tickets for these screenings will be available here on Tuesday, April 23.

Wednesday, April 24 at 1:45pm
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30pm

Have a Richland Library card? Bring it to any screening on Monday, April 29 and get $3 off your ticket!

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2019. USA. 119 minutes. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content.