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Nearly every Philadelphian can tell you that Princess Grace Kelly and Fresh Prince Will Smith were born here. But few know the local inventors, artists and entrepreneurs who helped create the movie industry that launched these homegrown royals.

Philadelphia gave birth to the projector, celluloid film and the movie studio. Its rowhouses are central characters in Rocky, Witness and The Sixth Sense. The region is home to icons as diverse as W.C. Fields, Bill Cosby and Bruce Willis.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Philadelphia CineFest

    Philadelphia’s celebration of global filmmaking

    An 11-day festival showcasing more than 200 of the best works in independent and foreign cinema in theaters throughout Philadelphia.

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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    High-energy acrobatics of “Sequence 8”

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Blobfest

    Celebrate the 50’s horror/sci-fi classic where it was filmed

    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

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  • The Awesome Fest

    8 weeks of free outdoor movie screenings in parks across the city

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

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  • Hiway Theater

    Historic home of independent cinema in the center of Jenkintown

    The Hiway Theater has been a community destination in Jenkintown for more than 100 years.

    For more than 100 years, the Hiway Theater has been a cultural fixture in the center of Jenkintown.

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  • Colonial Theatre

    One-of-a-kind theatre hosts art and indie films — and Blobfest

    Considered the cultural center of town, the Colonial Theatre opened its doors in 1903.

    This one-of-a-kind 658-seat auditorium presents art and independent films, classic and modern pictures and live children’s shows and concerts.

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  • Ambler Theater

    Independent, art and foreign films screened in an iconic building

    Ambler Theater is the place to go if you’re looking to catch the independent, art and foreign films.

    Ambler’s landmark movie theater has been recently renovated — and has more to offer film fans than ever

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  • Philly @ The Movies:
    Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Free screening of iconic film at its famous location

    “Rocky” screening on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    An annual summer tradition, grab a seat on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free screening of the iconic Philadelphia-film Rocky during Philly @ The Movies.

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