The Gateway Film Center is showing some classics

Looking to get your fix of holiday films? The Gateway Film Center can help. The center is offering two film series featuring traditional favorites.

The new Purple Snowflakes series is aimed at children. Admission is $5 or free with a Columbus Metropolitan Library card. The 2013 of lineup of Holiday Classics is free with a toy donation (one toy per ticket) for The Open Shelter or $5.

Purple Snowflakes will include the following films:

ELF (2003) 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17
A baby who mistakenly ends up in Santa Claus's gift ends up being raised as an elf. Years later, he returns to Earth to try and find his place in contemporary society. Needless to say, there's an adjustment period as Buddy the Elf learns how to use the revolving door, light up the Christmas tree, and generally become accustomed to modern life.

GREMLINS (1984) 11 a.m., Dec. 20, 21 and 22; 4:30, Dec. 21 and 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 24
A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
Holiday Classics includes the following films:

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) 2 p.m. and 7:30. Dec. 18

James Stewart stars as George Bailey, an honest man on the brink of facing jail time and a ruined company after his uncle loses $8,000. As George considers committing suicide on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel intervenes.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) 2 p.m., Dec. 20; 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 21, 22 and 24
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 N. High St., Columbus, 43201. Visit gatewayfilmcenter.com for more information.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton