A 250-Seat Cinema

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Our Vision

A Celebration of Cinema


The Barrymore Film Center (BFC), established by the Borough of Fort Lee, NJ, is a 250-seat cinema, film museum, and archive dedicated to the borough’s significant history as the birthplace of American film.   Fort Lee is the first American film town where studios, including Universal (1912), FOX (1915), and Solax (1912) — the first studio built and operated by a woman, Alice Guy Blaché — were established.  

Along with exhibitions on Fort Lee and world cinema history, programming at the BFC will include major film retrospectives, and annual silent film event, film festivals, foreign film screenings, and showcases for emerging filmmakers.

The BFC is being built by the Borough of Fort Lee and will be operated by the Fort Lee Film Commission.

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At the Birthplace of the Film Industry



Honoring the Legacy

  • Promote Fort Lee as the first American Film Town and birthplace of the American film industry via film screenings and museum exhibits.

  • Raise awareness of the BFC and its programs within the state of NJ.

  • Preserve, restore, catalog, and house elements of film history in order to make and archive available to scholars, researchers, students, and documentary filmmakers from around the world, nurturing a better understanding of the birthplace of American film.