It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


BMFI thrives because of extraordinary community support, and we work hard to make BMFI programs relevant, responsive, and accessible to all. Here are some of the ways BMFI engages with our community:

  • Community Partners

    BMFI staff work with partner institutions and organizations to create programs that use film to enhance the educational and/or cultural offerings of that particular group, and to make interesting and informative programs available to the broader community. Learn more about this unique working relationship and how your organization might join in.

  • Open Screen Mondays

    The first Monday of every month, BMFI turns one of the theaters over to the region's film makers for screening portions of finished films or works-in-progress and engaging in constructive criticism from an audience of peers and those interested in the local film scene. Open Screen Mondays are free for everyone.

  • Film Discussions

    What better way to engage a community than to meet to discuss a great film? BMFI offers frequent and varied film discussions to talk about film with old and new friends.

  • Going Gaga

    Every Wednesday, the early matinee screening is intended for moms (and dads too!) with small babies in tow. These Going Gaga screenings feature a film currently showing in the evenings, but with theater conditions adjusted to provide a baby-friendly movie environment. Lights are dimmed so that you can find your way in and out of the theater as needed, the volume level is turned down so as not to damage your baby's more sensitive eardrums, and we provide a near-by changing table in the lobby.

  • College Students Welcome!

    BMFI welcomes college students with special admission prices, membership levels, and special events.

  • Donation Requests

    Bryn Mawr Film Institute supports qualifying local nonprofit organizations in their fundraising efforts with in-kind donations. Eligibility for a donation from BMFI depends on the mission of the requesting organization and its relevance to the audience and community served by BMFI. Donations are made solely at the discretion of Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

    Each organization requesting a donation is limited to one donation per year. To request a donation, please email your request along with organizational materials stating nonprofit status and giving the date of the event and contact name to or mail the information to:

    Bryn Mawr Film Institute
    824 W. Lancaster Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

    Solicitations by phone will not be considered. It is important that you submit your request 3-4 weeks before your event.

  • Birthday Parties

    What could be more fun than a birthday party at the movies?

    Bryn Mawr Film Institute offers birthday party packages (starting at $400) for children aged 2-12. View more information and email to inquire about date availability.

  • Facility Rental

    The community is invited to fully enjoy the newly-renovated theaters and the Multimedia Room in just about any way they can imagine. All of these spaces are available to rent for private parties or your organization's event.

  • The George Rehrauer Film Book Collection

    The story of this 2,000+ film-themed book collection is a good example of community interaction. The George Rehrauer Film Book Collection was compiled by author George Rehrauer and bequeathed to the Haverford School, a BMFI Community Partner, which in turn offered the collection to BMFI. The collection is available to any BMFI member through a simple online search and request.

  • Retail Discounts

    BMFI partners with a growing list of retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues to arrange special discounts for BMFI members.

  • Volunteers

    Volunteers play an important role at BMFI as ticket takers, assisting with See, Hear, Feel Film, and helping with special events. Interested? Learn more.