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J. Goodfriend 610 527 4008 ext 101.
I have been working for several years to raise money for the Bryn Mawr Film Institute restoration, and I would like to respond to some of MainLineDocâ€™s comments. Since re-opening the theater in March, 2005 (only two years ago) the following work has been done on the theater building:
ï‚§ Projection and sound equipment upgraded
ï‚§ Lobby refurbished
ï‚§ Community Room created
ï‚§ New marquee installed
ï‚§ CafÃ© opened
ï‚§ New roof over the anterior of the building
ï‚§ New fire protection system installed
ï‚§ Elevator installed
ï‚§ Four new accessible restrooms
ï‚§ New electrical and water service
ï‚§ State-of-the-art multimedia classroom
ï‚§ Glass monitor over the skylight rebuilt
ï‚§ Repair of skylight in progress
Much of this work is hidden from view, but is the necessary and responsible work that must be done before the cosmetic finishes can be updated. Far from being in worse shape, the 80-year-old building is being brought, thoughtfully and carefully, into the 21st century. The restoration has been recognized by The National Park Service (with a listing on the National Register), The Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission, as well as local preservation organizations.
The screening room to which MainLineDoc refers is a new state-of-the-art multimedia classroom, which opened to the public for the first time at a film festival in March, 2007, with Robert Osborne officiating. Numerous public events and film education courses are regularly held in this beautiful new facility. Many local nonprofit organizations and civics groups have used this new community amenity for their programs and meetings. It is in almost constant use by the public, and I would be happy to show it to MainLineDoc at any time.
BMFI is fortunate to have over 6,000 supportive and patient members who recognize the amount of effort and financial resources necessary to restore the theater. We rely on and value that support, and hence I encourage MainLineDoc to contact the Institute directly so that we can further address his concerns.
BMFI was recently named Best Place for Movie Buffs by Philadelphia Magazine, so we must be doing something right!
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) has breathed new life into the former Seville Theater. Even in the midst of major capital improvements, BMFI screens the best in documentary, independent, international, and reperatory film 7 days a week. Operating as a nonprofit, community based theater with over 5700 members, BMFI also offers a growing roster of film education courses taught by university-level instructors and an innovative film-based visual literacy course for elementary school students. Among the awards received by BMFI are:
2006 Main Line Times Readers' Choice Award – Best Movie Theater
2006 Suburban Readers' Choice Award – Best Movie Theater
2006 Main Line Today Best of the Main Line Award – Best Movie Night
To read what the Philadelphia Inquirer had to say about BMFI, go to: View link