Opening of the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Photo: Aisha Singleton

Two years ago today, the Film Society of Lincoln Center proudly opened the new, state of the art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center to the public!

We kicked things off with a preview weekend chock full of panels, parties and events, plus a free all night marathon of cinema favorites. The following weekend, we opened New York Times documentary Page One. Since then the Film Center has screened hundreds of first run films, been through two New York Film Festivals, and played host to special events that run the gamut from transmedia hackathons to filmmaker workshops and beyond. Also along the way, the EBM welcomed Jason Denton’s indie food and wine, a fully stocked bar and restaurant that has transformed the space into a meeting place for film lovers and locals alike.

It’s fitting that the two-year anniversary of this building we love so much should come after two historic weekends at the Film Center. We set a box office record for the Film Center two weeks ago with the opening of Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing. This past weekend, our opening of backup singer doc Twenty Feet From Stardom sold out a whopping nine screenings.

To commemorate Ellie’s second birthday, we’ve gathered up some videos and photos from the Film Center’s opening. You can also read more about the Film Center (click here) and its namesake Elinor Bunin Munroe (click here). We hope to see you at the EBM very soon, and again and again for years to come!

Film Society Executive Director Rose Kuo talks about the Film Center (video by Jamie Stuart):

Architect David Rockwell gives a tour of the Film Center (video by Jamie Stuart):

George York on building the Film Center (video by Jamie Stuart):

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Photos: Albert Vecerka

Opening weekend panel: Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos, Benny Safdie… Photo: Godlis

Families attend a weekend screening in the Amphitheater. Photo: Brian Sargent