Ithaca Motion Picture Project (IMPP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 2009 to create a silent movie museum in the former Wharton movie studio building dedicated to preserving and celebrating Ithaca and the region's role in the history of American silent film.
At the core of Ithaca Motion Picture Project's mission to preserve and celebrate the region's motion picture history is the transformation of the former Wharton movie studio building into a motion picture museum. This former silent movie studio in Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY, one of a handful of silent movie production studios still standing in the U.S., is a unique and important artifact from an era when moviemaking was an emerging art form and burgeoning industry. The future Wharton Studio Museum, featuring exhibits and programs on the art, science, and history of motion picture, will be a vibrant cultural and educational destination in NY State. The museum’s permanent exhibit on early filmmaking will focus on Ithaca's own silent movie past. Designed by award-winning architect Todd Zwigard, Todd Zwigard Architects, the Wharton Studio Museum, located on the shores of scenic Cayuga Lake, will include exciting gallery and public spaces for workshops and educational programs, a bookstore, and cafe. Ithaca Motion Picture Project is pleased to be working in collaboration with the City of Ithaca and leading local organizations, the Friends of Stewart Park and The History Center in Tompkins County, on the creation of this motion picture museum.
Constance Bruce, Founder