Bryn Mawr Film Institute

824 W. Lancaster Avenue,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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mh052 on February 21, 2005 at 6:45 pm

Interestingly enough, The World (at 18th and Market Sts., in Center City Phila.), and the Bryn Mawr shared a common ad in their advertisement. The Bryn Mawr was owned by William Goldman Theaters, and the World was owned by a NYC chain known as Rugoff Theaters which also operated the Cinema 19 (formerly the Aldine, and later renamed the Viking Theater, and later yet Sam’s Place I and II operated by Sameric Corporation). A few years later in the early ‘70s, a New World Theater was constructed at 18th and Market Streets, just a few addresses from its earlier predecessor. It did not enjoy the success of the World; briefly a $1@ all times theater.

veyoung52 on January 21, 2005 at 8:54 pm

Now closed as a regular film house, it is being renovated as something of a “film center,” with facilities for exhibition, and, from what I’ve heard, some production for video and narrow-gauge.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 14, 2004 at 5:40 am

The theater did run films concurrent with the World in Phila. I rememebr they showed Romeo and Juilet and A Man For All Seasons in the miuddle 60’s. At that time the theater was operated by William Goldman chain not RKO Stanley Warner.

dennisczimmerman on October 7, 2004 at 12:05 pm

If my memory also serves, many years ago this theatre was operated by Stanley Warner, however I am not sure. Since the World Theatre was an “independent” maybe this one was too. Some years ago it was taken over by United Artists. I am pretty certain they are the ones that “twinned” it. And to this day it is a twin theatre. Now it is operating as an independent. The same operator has the Baederwood 4 in Jenkintown, PA. However, I believe the Bryn Mawr hospital has actually purchased the theatre building and a number of other buildings along Lancaster Ave.

RickB on October 7, 2004 at 6:55 am

If memory serves, in the late ‘60s/early '70s the Bryn Mawr mostly played foreign and art films day-and-date with the World in center city Philadelphia until the latter theater was demolished.