After more than 20 years the historic Ellis Theater will once again show movies thanks to a partnership between the Arts Council and the county library.

Arts Council President Tim Moore and Library Director Jacob Starks made the announcement at the July meeting of the Community Development Partnership.

"We'll be showing old movies at the Ellis at 6 p.m. as part of the Third Thursday event held each month," Moore said. "Admission will be free and concessions will be available."

The movies will be shown at the Ellis starting on Aug 21.

Every quarter a major film, requiring a license payment, will be shown, Stark said.

This month a Sherlock Holmes double feature will be shown starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes. In September they will show Casablanca.

Other movies on schedule to be shown include, "House on Haunted Hill," Gone With the Wind" and "Singing in the Rain."

Both men noted that interest in showing old movies was peaked after the library aired "My Dog Skip" earlier this summer.

"We're very excited," Moore said.