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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 a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Memberships and charitable contributions represent a critical percentage of our annual income, and help bridge the gap between revenue and operating expenses. The BFC relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental sources for funds to help the organization. 

All memberships will be charged immediately and will become active upon the public opening of the BFC. Memberships last for one year, except where noted. Membership benefits are nontransferable. Seniors (65+), students, and disabled persons must provide a copy of a government or school ID to qualify for membership at the $25 level. The BFC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Memberships and charitable contributions represent a critical percentage of our annual income, and help bridge the gap between revenue and operating expenses. The BFC relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental sources for funds to help the organization.

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