The Birthplace of the American Film Industry
The BFC is 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.
The venue will include major film retrospectives, and annual silent film event, film festivals, foreign film screenings, and showcases for emerging filmmakers.
A 250-Seat Cinema
A Celebration of Cinema
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.
At the Birthplace of the Film Industry
Follow the Construction…
Construction is underway and we will be updating throughout the year in anticipation for a grand opening in 2020! The BFC will truly promote Fort Lee as the first American Film Town and birthplace of the American film industry via film screenings and museum exhibits. The BFC will 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.
Watch time lapse footage of the BFC rising.