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June 15, 2011

New York: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture


On June 17, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will cut the ribbon on the brand-new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, a 17,500-square-foot venue that will house two screening theaters, an amphitheater and a café on Lincoln Center's redeveloped campus in New York. Designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, the street-level and underground spot makes use of what was once underutilized office space and a parking garage. The entrance is marked by a bright-orange, crystalline-shaped vestibule on 65th Street, the façade of which is flanked by glass walls imprinted with the thousand movie titles screened by the Film Society. The 144-seat Francesca Beale Theater has acoustically absorptive wall panels evoking the look of 1920s Italian opera house curtains, while the more intimate Howard Gilman Theater has 87 bench-style seats and modern-chic blackened wood and resin pilasters framing the screen. Both have cushioned stadium seating, unobstructed sightlines and wide aisles for maximum comfort. The site also has a less formal amphitheater that will host art installations and seminars, and a 152-inch Panasonic plasma screen that's the world's largest to date. The inaugural film will be Andrew Rossi's Page One: Inside the New York Times, a fly-on-the-wall documentary that chronicles the Gray Lady's media desk and the print giant's role in an increasingly digital world. The center will also host the New York Film Festival in late September. On W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.; 212-875-5601; filmlinc.com.

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