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Free holiday movies at Gateway Film Center

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The Gateway Film Center, near the Ohio State University campus, is showing a sack full of traditional movies this holiday season at some pretty nontraditional prices. For a toy donation, you can see a holiday classic, such as "White Christmas," and for just showing proof that you possess a Columbus Metropolitan Library card, you can see such family favorites as "Home Alone" and "Elf."

The movies are part of two film series showing throughout December at the independent movie theater at 1550 N. High St., in Columbus.

The "Holiday Classics" series features films from the 1940s and 50s and includes "Miracle on 34th Street," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "White Christmas." Admission is free with a toy donation or $5. Toys will go to the Open Shelter, which assists homeless families. Films play Friday at 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The "Purple Snowflakes" series, held in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, includes "Home Alone," "The Muppet Christmas Carol," "Elf," and "Gremlins." Admission is free with proof of a library card or $5. Films play Friday at 11 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Tuesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Parking is available in a garage behind the theater, accessible from either E. 11th Avenue or E. 9th Avenue. Ask for a parking voucher that enables movie guests to park for $1.

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