We are forwarding you to our new Betzwood website

The Betzwood Film Archive and Film Festival

Visit the new Betzwood site!

I am happy to announce I have worked with colleagues at the libraries and archives of Montgomery County Community College to create a new website chronicling the history of the Betzwood Film Studios and its founder Siegmund Lubin. The new site includes content from this site and much, much more!

Before there was Hollywood...
there was Betzwood!

The Betzwood Motion Picture Studio was in operation between the years 1912 and 1923. Initially founded by film pioneer Siegmund Lubin of Philadelphia , and after 1917 owned and operated by Wolf Brothers, Inc. of Philadelphia , the 350 acre studio saw the production of over one hundred films. Of these, only a few have survived the ravages of time, indifference, fire, and nitrate deterioration and many of the "survivors" have come down to us only as fragments. So far twenty-nine Betzwood films have been located in archives in the U.S. , Great Britain , Germany , and the Netherlands , and the search goes on.

The Betzwood Film Archive was established in the Library of Montgomery County Community College in 1989 so that this unique part of our local history is preserved for all to enjoy. Since its founding, the archive has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Montgomery County Community College Foundation and generous donations from several private individuals. This financial assistance has made it possible for us to acquire 16mm copies of nineteen of the Betzwood films and video copies of three other fragments. Every spring we screen a selection of these historic films for the community at our annual Betzwood Silent Film Festival. The films are presented as they would have been seen originally--on a large screen, at the correct projection speed, and with live musical accompaniment.





General Admission: $8. Tickets can be ordered in advance or purchased at the door.

Contact us: If you have questions or want to be put on our mailing list, call (215) 641-6518 or e-mail us at jeckhard@mc3.edu . You can also write to the Cultural Affairs Office, Montgomery County Community College , Box 400 , 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA, 19422-0796.


Click here to see the best train wreck ever filmed: The Train Smash from A Partner to Providence (1914)

Click here for the webpage of The Secret Cinema. Jay Schwartz of the Secret Cinema has been associated with the Betzwood Film Festival for many years now and handles all of our projection requirements.


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