Bryn Mawr Film Institute

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Seville Theatre
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute is located in Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Bryn Mawr Film Institute is located in the US
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Location 822-826 W. Lancaster Ave., Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°1′24″N 75°19′8″W / 40.02333°N 75.31889°W / 40.02333; -75.31889Coordinates: 40°1′24″N 75°19′8″W / 40.02333°N 75.31889°W / 40.02333; -75.31889
Area less than one acre
Built 1926
Architect Lee, William H.
Architectural style Beaux Arts
NRHP Reference # 05001491[1]
Added to NRHP December 28, 2005

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit, community-owned movie theater located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a town on Philadelphia's Main Line. Re-opened in March 2005, with Ben Kingsley present, it currently has over 6,300 supporting members. BMFI shows a wide range of films, including foreign, independent and art house films. Film education is an integral part of the theater's mission; BMFI works with area schools and also offers film studies courses for adults.

History of the theater[edit]


The building began life as the Seville Theater. It was designed by Philadelphia architect William Harold Lee, a designer of over 200 theaters. The Seville was built in 1926, one of six theaters built along the Main Line in the 1920s. Originally a one-screen theater, it was later split into two during the 1980s.



A three-phased restoration of the theater began soon after the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (which refers to the name of the group founded in 2002 by academic, business and civic leaders from the area) acquired the theater. Phase 1 included refurbishing the lobby, installing new production and sound equipment, modernizing the electrical and heating systems and building a new café. Phase 1 was completed in March 2006 with the installation of the new marquee. Approximately $9 million was raised to complete the theater's transformation.

During Phase II, the Institute finished the restoration of the skylit atrium to its original state, at a cost of $2 million, in March 2009. Other upgrades include classroom space and an elevator. Phase III introduced two additional state-of-the art theaters, and, the two previously existing theaters were also renovated. [2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
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