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.

NEW WEBSITE!
Visit Lightbox Film Center’s new website at www.lightboxfilmcenter.org. The site makes it easier than ever to explore our unparalleled film programming, with added content to learn more about our artists, series. and community partners. You can also become a member and purchase tickets.




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.

NAKED UNDER LEATHER - JULY 2018

Lightbox Film Center, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum is pleased to host Naked Under Leather, a series of films that explore the leather jacket as a symbolic icon in American cinema. Naked Under Leather celebrates Ursula von Rydingsvard’s new sculpture PODERWAĆ, 2017, a monumental leather jacket made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling is on view from April 27 to August 26. More information here.

UMETSUGU INOUE: JAPAN'S MUSIC MAN - JULY 2018

Umetsugu Inoue (1923–2010) made movies in a variety of genres, but his musicals set him apart. The phenomenal box-office success of Inoue’s The Stormy Man saved Nikkatsu Studios from financial ruin in the late 1950s. A decade later, his musical films caught the eye of the Shaw Brothers, who hired him to lend cosmopolitan glamor to their Hong Kong productions. Though this retrospective includes a fraction of his body of work, three of the films—The Stormy ManThe Winner, and The Eagle and the Hawk—are debuting in newly subtitled digital versions. The Green Music Box is a one-of-a-kind 35mm print from the National Film Center in Tokyo, restored through the rare Konicolor process that Inoue used to make it.

NEWSREEL '68 - SUMMER 2018 

In recognition of the extraordinary counter-cultural movements that swept the globe throughout 1968, Lightbox Film Center present three separate film programs by the late-1960s activist filmmaker collective Newsreel, curated and co-presented by Third World Newsreel (which grew out of the New York chapter of the group). Together, these programs sketch a panoramic view of the political and social tumult of the era, with footage capturing the Democratic National Convention protests, the activities of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, a film produced by the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Viet Nam, and much more.



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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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.