MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Film cut the ribbon on its new home on Thursday. Formerly known as the Montclair Film Festival, along with the renaming of the non-profit organization, Montclair Film opened the Investor’s Bank Film & Media Center, located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue.
On hand to cut the ribbon were Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank, who donated the building to Montclair Film; Bob Silver of the Bravitas Group, who was Project Director of the renovation; and Evelyn Colbert, President, and Bob Feinberg, Chairman, of the Montclair Film Board.
Thursday's ribbon cutting is the culmination of a two year process that began in May of 2015 with the formal announcement of the gift of the building from Investors Bank to Montclair Film.
Over the past two years, Montclair Film has worked to develop the building into a home for the organization’s film, education, and administrative programs.
"The opening of our new building is the realization of a dream, where a community focused not-for-profit and a financial institution partner to create opportunities for our constituents, patrons, and students while providing great, entertaining programming for the community throughout the year,” said Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank.
Inside of the building, there is a screening room that seats up to 65 people in club chairs, while the downstairs area boasts an education room and production booth.
“Just in time for the launch of our 6th annual film festival, Montclair Film has a wonder- ful, permanent home in Montclair Center, that will not only allow us to expand our educational and entertainment offerings, but will add to the ongoing renaissance of Montclair,” said Montclair Film Founder and Chairman Bob Feinberg. “We look forward to welcoming our neighbors from near and far to the Investors Bank Film & Media Center."
“We are very grateful to the extraordinary team of developers, designers, and builders whose leadership and vision helped Montclair Film realize our long-held goal of having our own home,” said Montclair Film Board Present Evelyn Colbert.
"It was thrilling to be part of the team that transformed a former bank branch into the creative, vibrant new home for Montclair Film,” said Bob Silver of the Bravitas Group.
The Investors Bank Film & Media Center will officially open its doors on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. as the box office for the 2017 Montclair Film Festival. Tickets for members go on sale on April 3, with public tickets on sale Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.