Lightbox Film Center Moves to University of the Arts

The Lightbox Film Center will move to the University of the Arts in January 2020 after being housed at International House Philadelphia for 40 years. As Philadelphia’s premier exhibitor of film and moving image art, Lightbox has chosen to shift locations in order to elevate its position as a beacon of film excellence by drawing on University of the Arts’ School of Film and the surrounding artistic community. Lightbox Chief Curator Jesse Pires will spearhead the transition by serving as the founding director and curator of the Lightbox Film Center at the University of the Arts.

Lightbox is highly regarded throughout the city for presenting an unparalleled portfolio of repertory, nonfiction, experimental and international cinema. Lightbox’s screenings at International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater concluded in December 2019 and will relaunch on University of the Arts’ campus in February 2020. University of the Arts has previously committed to constructing a purpose-designed screening room on Broad Street, which it will now use to house the Lightbox program. In particular, the University of the Arts has designated $1.5 million towards the creation of a comprehensive student center at 401 S. Broad St. that will host Lightbox’s screening room on its lower level.

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Article written by Amelia Winger on behalf of Global Philadelphia Association