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Bryn Mawr Film Institute Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for Final Phase of Construction

On March 13th, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the final phase of its development project.

In just eight years, BMFI has saved an architectural gem from destruction and transformed it into one of the nation’s top film institutions attracting filmmakers, patrons, and critics from around the world. They feature the best in internationally distributed first-run films along with independent, documentary, international, and repertory films and simulcast opera, concerts, ballet, and theater. These fine cinematic works are the nucleus around which the community development and educational programs revolve.  The existing facility is a 1926 movie theater which has undergone stabilization, restoration and renovation and is now ready for an expansion of two additional theaters – the focus for their final phase of development.

The construction, being overseen by AthenianRazak as Owner’s Representative, consists of a nearly 6,000 sq ft single story addition to the existing building as well as modifications to the existing restrooms and theaters.  The addition will include two new state of the art theaters with engineered acoustics and audio visual capabilities, featuring seating for 150 in each theater.  This phase of development will nearly double the facility’s capacity.  The existing facility will remain open during the construction. Once the new theaters are completed the two, old theaters will be completely renovated with new sprinklers, seats, restrooms, and improved access.

You can read more about BMFI and the construction project here or in an article from the Main Line Times about the groundbreaking ceremony.