The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center


The stunning exterior of the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Photo by Albert Vecerka / Esto.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's new landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, a multi-screen theater and cultural venue opened to the public in the heart of Lincoln Center’s campus in June of 2011.

The new Film Center, named after FSLC board member, and award-winning filmmaker and designer Elinor Bunin Munroe, is part of the 16-acre Lincoln Center campus redevelopment and has been designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group who also collaborated with Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the exterior. The 17,500 square foot venue will house 2 theaters, an ampitheater and a café. The 140-seat Francesca Beale Theater will show specialty film releases, and the intimate 85-seat Howard Gilman Theater will screen a combination of new film releases and special programs. The amphitheater, with a 152” Panasonic Plasma screen (the largest of its kind on public display in the country) will house lectures, panels and educational programs.  


One of our Family Films screenings in the Amphitheater. Photo by Brian Sargent.


Inside the larger Francesca Beale Theater.

The new Film Center allows FSLC to extend its reach from the current facilities of the Walter Reade Theater in the following ways:

►   The Film Center enables the Film Society to offer the public a complete cultural experience – the opportunity to see films; experience installations, emerging digital technologies and digital art which will be featured in the amphitheater; participate in lectures and panels; attend live presentations and performances, and midnight programs; visit a Wi-Fi equipped café open throughout the day from early morning breakfasts to late night snacks; and find a setting to gather together with friends and families or encounter other culturally minded visitors.    

►  The Film Center is a space where FSLC is exploring new ways that filmmakers and other artists are using the moving image, particularly transmedia storytelling that embraces other platforms and formats, as well as projections, installations and exhibitions.

►   The Film Center allows FSLC to partner with schools and educators for educational programs and special screenings for adults and children.  

►   The Film Center is equipped with the latest internet technology to facilitate real-time participation and interaction at an international level, making it uniquely accessible in global terms. The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, a collaboration between the Film Society and Lincoln Center, is a state-of-the-art, interactive media destination with acoustic and aesthetic elements.  David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group artfully turned existing, underutilized office space and a parking garage into a series of street-level spaces that will catch the eye of visitors with cinema-inspired design and the comforts of modern theaters. 


Q&A from our Indie Night series in the Howard Gilman Theater. Photo by Ashley Dupree.

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, a collaboration between the Film Society and Lincoln Center, is a state-of-the-art, interactive media destination with acoustic and aesthetic elements.  David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group artfully turned existing, underutilized office space and a parking garage into a series of street-level spaces that will catch the eye of visitors with cinema-inspired design and the comforts of modern theaters. 

An audience is perhaps the most important part of the cinema experience. And right now, attendees can become a permanent part of the Lincoln Center by naming a seat in one of the two new art-house cinemas or our state-of-the-art amphitheater. Make a donation to The Film Society of Lincoln Center today to name your seat. And remember, the name of the seat can also serve as a tribute to a loved one or be a celebration of a marriage or a family.


Pedro Almodóvar addresses a packed Amphitheater in an NYFF panel. Photo by Olga Bas.

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