The $7 million facility, that was formerly the Rome Theater,totals 18,500 sf of space and includes a 260-seat "premiertheater." The brick walls of the former Rome movie house werepreserved and are surrounded by a facility that offers a stadiumseating type format with high-tech acoustical paneling. Thearchitectural firm Davis Brody Bond of New York City designed thenew facility.

The Jacob Burns Film Center will show independent films,documentaries, international film series and movie classics. Thepremier screen at the facility will present "the most talked about,cutting-edge films until now largely unavailable outside ofManhattan," officials with the Jacob Burns Center note. Filmprogramming will be undertaken in collaboration with the FilmSociety of Lincoln Center, host of the New York Film Festival.

At a private party to commemorate the center's opening, actressGlenn Close hosted a program that included the screening of "TheCloset," a French film featuring noted actor Gerard Depardieu.Francis Veber, director of the film, was also on hand for thescreening of his film at the center.

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John Jordan

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