Bryn Mawr Film Institute | Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Opened in 1926, the Seville Theater was once a focal point of the Village of Bryn Mawr. The proposed closure of the Theater and plans to convert the space into a fitness club initiated a local campaign dedicated to saving this piece of history. Successful in their efforts, the newly established Bryn Mawr Film Institute asked VMA to guide them through a three-phased process to restore the Theater. Initial efforts were placed towards re-establishing Theater’s presence and transformation of adjacent retail space. The second phase of work focused on making the entire complex usable to the Institute, restoring the dramatic entrance arcade and renovating the second floor. The final phase involved refurbishing the two existing theaters, constructing an addition, and installing full digital projection systems. As a result, the underutilized movie theater was transformed into a vibrant film institute with the capacity to engage the local community and ever-increasing membership base.
Budget: $10 million
Size: 23,000 sf
Project completed in three phases
Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, Initiative Awards, Stewardship, 2016
Preservation Achievement Award, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 2009
Lower Merion Township Historic Preservation Award, 2007