Ready for their Close Up: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s New Film Venue

The Kimmel Center organization is quickly becoming what Lincoln Center is to NYC, a campus of great entertainment venues all under one umbrella. The Kimmel campus consists of Verizon Hall, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Merriam Theater, the Academy of Music and the
Perelman Theater, which houses the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Philadanco will also house Film at Kimmel Center.

On Tuesday the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and
the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) unveiled a new state-of-the-art
cinematic digital installation, now completed in Perelman Theater.

new digital installation now allows the Kimmel Center to house film
screenings in addition to the regional performing arts center’s world,
pop, jazz, dance and classical offerings.  The
Kimmel Center has partnered with the GPFO to attract major studios and producers for national screening events to
Philadelphia’s premier performing arts venue, as well as engage local
narrative and documentary filmmakers to host
screenings, local film festivals, colleges and universities, and
additional professional and private organizations to book Perelman

They hosted a reception for media members and community partners who were thrilled to have the 490 seat venue for film and special projects, like power point presentations, the 19 by 45-foot screen is now the largest screening venue in Center
City. June Fortunato, Professor at Arcadia University and Laura Millis McClatchy, Industry and Executive Relations at Greater Philadelphia Film Office

Philly Singer Songwriter Jennifer Logue, Rock on Philly and Andrew Karasik, Founder & CEO


30th Street Entertainment, Inc.

 Sean McKoy, Reel McKoy Media and Hezekiah Lewis, Ekah Productions
 Kyle Ebert, Summer Steele, Donald Kugelman, Cinepix, Matthew Hayden and Parinda Patel,
Managing Director at The Philadelphia Film Society
 Bobbie Booker, Philadelphia Tribune (read her article on the debut hereKristina Jenkins, uwishunu

 Desiree PeterkinBell, Communications and Strategy at Office of the Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, Anne Ewers, President & CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc. and Sharon Pinkerson, Executive Director of the GPFO. Sharon says with flexible seating for more than 490 movie-goers, the theaterwill host one-off
screenings, film festivals and series in the coming season. First up Lee Daniels Philadelphia Premiere of The Butler, on Monday night, with an appearance by Cuba Good Jr and director Lee Daniels.

During the show and tell several film clips were shown to show the quality of the new state of the art film equipment.
Karen Lewis,  Executive Director  Avenue of the Arts, Inc. – Save The Date – Tuesday 10/29/13 The Masonic Temple of Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts 20 year Anniversary Party, and 
Dafni D. Comerota Public Relations, Kimmel Center
Thom Cardwell, Director of Development for QFest, and writer for QueerTimes

Bookings for the space will be managed by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Joan
Bressler, director of GPFO’s local outreach program Greater Philadelphia
Filmmakers and her team. Pricing is competitive with nearby screening
venues and traditional art houses, offering non-profit and for-profit
group rates. To book the Perelman Theater for a movie screening, contact
Bressler at (215) 686-2668 or
With Melanie Johnson, Director of Research and Big Events at City of Philadelphia (l)
Concessions, provided by the Kimmel’s vendor Garces Catering, will sell creative flavors of popcorn and an assortment of pickles and meats

Anne Ewers and Sharon Pinkenson want everyone to know that non-profit groups,
corporate entities, anyone can rent this theater for a screening, and it’s been a dream of Pinkenson to work with the City’s film students, as well.