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Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts

In January 2020, the Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia’s premier year-round exhibitor of film and moving image art, became Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts. 

Lightbox presents an unparalleled slate of repertory, nonfiction, experimental and international film while drawing upon UArts’ School of Film and its artistic community. 

UArts is committed to building a purpose-designed screening room on Broad Street, which will become the primary home of Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts. The screening room will be housed in the lower level of 401 S. Broad St., which is currently being transformed into a comprehensive student center. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, UArts has designated $1.5 million for a multi-use center and screening room on the lower level. In the interim, the Lightbox program will operate out of Levitt Auditorium, also located at 401 S. Broad St.

Visit Lightbox’s website. 

Lightbox Film Center Film Restoration Projects

Lightbox Film Center at UArts digitally restores and remasters films that have been overlooked or neglected.

“Lightbox is really about preserving the legacy of cinema and expanding the canon. It’s about giving underrepresented artists time to shine.” – Lightbox Director Jesse Pires

Through the generosity of Ron and Suzanne Naples, Lightbox has the funds to restore such films.

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Media Coverage

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Lightbox Film Center, Philly’s mainstay for avant-garde and independent cinema, to move to Broad Street

 WHYY: Lightbox Film Center finds new home at UArts