New York’s legendary independent movie theater Film Forum, located at 209 West Houston Street, will undergo a major refurbishment with the addition a fourth screen. The project will be overseen by Stephen Tilly, who designed Film Forum’s Watts Street theater (with Alan Buchsbaum) in the 1980s. The Thompson Family Foundation has donated $1 million for the new screen, while an additional $400,000 has been committed by the City of New York from the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, the Office of Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The theater’s board members have also made considerable donations.
“As we approach our half-century mark, it makes sense for us to add a fourth screen and enhance the comfort of our theaters without compromising our integrity. Too often, New York landmarks disappear, only to be replaced by nail salons and chain drug stores. Happily, New Yorkers are committed to seeing films that take risks and break the mold, as well as discovering movie history. They will continue to have those opportunities at Film Forum, in an even more gracious setting,” said Karen Cooper, Film Forum’s director.
Some of the projects the theater has planned for the future include a Cindy Sherman–produced short film, which will play in the theater’s lobby in July 2018, and a limited-edition photographic portfolio, based on the theater’s new construction, by Jan Staller.