Local Interest Highlight: The Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Located in suburban Philadelphia, ACE is surrounded on all sides by charming, historic and energetic neighborhoods that offer a variety of interesting activities to today’s traveler. Just 20 minutes from our door is a favorite local haunt, the charming college town of Bryn Mawr.  Settled in 1686 by a Welsh farmer escaping religious persecution, Bryn Mawr or “Big Hill” in Welsh, is one of several picturesque towns that stretch along the Main Line from Philadelphia to Malvern.  Home to Bryn Mawr College, it’s one of those endearing little main street towns that offer delicious BYO restaurants, trendy clothing boutiques, elegant art galleries and friendly hangouts.   When a guest or meeting planner asks our Sales Team for a sure-bet off-premise activity, we happily recommend a fieldtrip to the commercial anchor of Bryn Mawr, The Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Built in 1926 and saved from demolition in 2002, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute isn’t the standard run-of-the-mill small town movie theater.  Oh no, BMFI is a non-profit modern community center that offers a little bit of everything cultural, including: a selection of first-run movies; film discussions and script readings with actors, directors, screenwriters and critics; movie sing-a-longs; opera simulcasts; National Theater Live screenings; pop and classical orchestral music screenings; book club gatherings; film educational programs; a casual coffeehouse with live music; and a multimedia room for receptions and gatherings.  In fact, BMFI’s two 300 seat auditoriums are perfect for large audience screenings, corporate meetings, product launches, seminars, and training sessions using DVD, other digital, internet, or computer-driven (Power Point, etc) projection, in addition to 35mm films. Combined with the rental of the multimedia room for a pre or post reception, BMFI is the ideal location for a unique birthday party, anniversary celebration, bridal shower or bachelor party.  Can you imagine how fabulous a rehearsal dinner would be when followed by a private screening of a video about the bride and groom?  Or, how memorable a sponsored private screening of a first-run movie would be after a long day of meetings?

With distinguished civic, academic and entertainment leaders on the Board of Directors such  as Sir Ben Kingsley, Tigre Hill, Joanne Harmelin, Marsha Perelman, Ted Peters and Robert Osborne, to name a few, it’s no wonder BMFI has the largest membership in the country with 6,000 members.   In our experience, meeting and event planners are always looking for that “something different” when organizing their week of  events and off-premise activities.   Even better, when those activities not only introduce your guests or attendees to the local community but also offer support and appreciation in return, it’s a win-win anyway you look at it.

Upcoming Concerts and Screenings include:

  • Award-winning films such as King’s Speech and Black Swan
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert Series featuring Alan Gilbert, Sunday, January 23 at 2:30pm
  • Winner of three Tony Awards, the Broadway production of FELA!  Sunday, January30th at 1:00pm, and Wednesday, February 2, at 7:00pm
  • Live Simulcast of Giselle by the Royal Ballet from the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, February 6 at 11:00am

For more information on the Bryn Mawr Film Institute please reach out to any of our Sales Team or call the institute directly at 610.527.9898.  {Photo courtesy of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute}

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