Munroe coins film-exhib facility

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has received a substantial fiscal donation from longtime board member and filmmaker Elinor Bunin Munroe in support of its $30 million capital campaign to build a film-exhibition facility at Lincoln Center.

Society will not release the specific amount Munroe donated to the center, but confirmed that more than half of the construction costs were raised prior to her contribution.

Daniel Stern, Society’s board of director’s prexy, leaked some details of the development at the opening night of the New York Film Festival where George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” kicked off the fest.

The new building, which will be named the Elinor Bunin Film Center, is part of the campus-wide Lincoln Center redevelopment on 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, which will be dubbed Street of the Arts.

Architect and designer David Rockwell and Rockwell Group will design the center, which will include two screening rooms for 180 and 90 people respectively, a reception area, a cafe and an amphitheater.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2007.

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