Barrymore Film Center
153 Main Street,
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Barrymore Film Center (Official)
Architects: Hugh Hardy
Firms: H3 Architects
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Named in honor of the Barrymore acting family, whose patriarch Maurice and son John were early residents of Fort Lee, the Barrymore Film Center held its opening night gala on October 15, 2022.
The Film Center notes Fort Lee is considered the birthplace of the American film industry. In 1907 Thomas Edison’s “Rescued From An Eagle’s Nest” was shot at the Fort Lee Palisades. Studios such as Fox, Universal and Solax, the first studio operated by a woman, Alice Guy Blaché, were established here. The BFC says the last film shot in Fort Lee was in 1948.
The Barrymore Film Center is operated by the Fort Lee Film Commission and will include film retrospectives, festivals, foreign films and showcases for emerging filmmakers. The opening day to the public was October 21, with memberships available.
Designed by Hugh Hardy of H3 Architects, the cost of the 260-seat Film Center was $15 million.
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