Lightbox Film Center

Lightbox Film Center is Philadelphia’s premier exhibitor of film and moving image art. The signature public arts program of International House Philadelphia, an independent nonprofit organization, Lightbox presents an unparalleled slate of repertory, nonfiction, experimental and international cinema. Beyond the traditional movie theater experience, Lightbox delivers enriching film programs with artist talks, live music and other multidisciplinary programs.

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In addition to one-off screenings, Lightbox Film Center runs several film series over the calendar year, including:

Ongoing Series:

Reexamining classics of world cinema and independent film as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen

Exploring artist works in a monthly series dedicated to experimental film and moving image art

Presenting enriching all-ages film experiences from around the world

Current Series:

THE FILMS OF JEAN RENOIR - MAY-AUGUST 2018
This film series is presented in conjunction with the Barnes Foundation’s Renoir: Father and Son/ Painting and Cinema, a major exhibition examining the artistic exchange between the renowned impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and his son, celebrated filmmaker Jean Renoir–on view at the Barnes May 6 through September 3, 2018.

THE FILMS OF JOAQUIM PEDRO DE ANDRADE - MAY 2018

In collaboration with Kino Lorber, Lightbox presents a retrospective of the work of Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, one of the most important figures in the Cinema Novo movement that transformed Brazilian film in the 1960s and ’70s. Hailing from a culturally prominent family in Rio de Janeiro, Andrade grew up in close contact with some of the country’s greatest artists, writers, and scholars. Abandoning his university education to pursue filmmaking, he would soon join in the formally and politically audacious Cinema Novo. Andrade’s films combined a sophisticated, modernist approach with an uncompromisingly critical, often outrageous, and uniquely Brazilian sensibility that makes his work every bit as vital today as it was when he made it.

KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE - JUNE 2018

Teen rebellion has always been a favorite topic of movies, from James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause to the hippie delinquents in Riot on the Sunset Strip. By the late 1970s, with the counterculture baby-boomer generation moving comfortably into adulthood, a new crop of angry youngsters was taking the stage. Fueled by punk rock and heavy metal, these kids emerged from their subterranean, black light poster-covered bedrooms to cause real damage. With shaved heads, dyed hair, torn jeans and a penchant for spiked jewelry, these wayward youth succumbed to the paranoia and depression of Cold War-era America led by Ronald Reagan. The five films in this series offer a glimpse of every parent’s nightmare – pure anarchy with none of the sentimental charm of John Hughes or the hopefulness of John Cusack comedies. Watch your back because “a kid who tells on another kid is a dead kid.”



ADA Compliance: Lightbox Film Center is ADA accessible. Please use the ramp on the east side of International House Philadelphia to enter the building, then use the ramp to enter the Ibrahim Theater through the East Alcove. The first row of seats are ADA accessible. Additionally, closed caption & assisted listening systems available. Please inquire at the Front Desk.



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box office


215-387-5125, press 2

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, THE BOX OFFICE IS OPEN TUESDAY - SATURDAY FROM 12 PM TO 8PM AND AT OTHER SELECT TIMES.