Bryn Mawr Film Institute is reopening!

April 2, 2021

Media Contact: Gina Izzo, Director of Marketing,

After one year of presenting exclusively virtual programming, the doors to Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s the historic theater at 824 W. Lancaster Avenue will open to the public on Friday, April 9, 2021, with four Oscar contenders on the big screen.

What’s new at BMFI:

What’s the same about BMFI:

Patrons are encouraged to take a virtual tour of BMFI to learn about all the new features available at the Main Line’s premiere arthouse theater.

BMFI will open with four Oscar contenders shining brightly on the big screen just in time for awards night. Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, and The Father will show once per day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with limited tickets available. Showtimes for each film vary by day, with full details on All tickets must be purchased in advance, online, with dynamic reserved seating. No tickets will be sold at the Box Office. As of April 9, audience capacity is limited to 25%. Capacities will change in the future, pending changes to state and local guidelines.

BMFI has established plans, protocols, and precautions to ensure the health and safety of both staff and patrons.

In doing so, BMFI is adhering to the guidelines and standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the voluntary CinemaSafe guidelines developed by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and all Montgomery County guidelines.

BMFI has made significant adaptations prior to reopening, including improvements to the overall HVAC systems to increase fresh air ventilation and enhance filtration with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology, new equipment for thorough surface cleaning and sanitation, increased hand sanitizing stations for patrons, touchless features in restrooms,

and removal of self-serve items at the concessions stand. Staff and patrons are required to wear masks properly, over the nose and mouth, while inside BMFI, unless a patron is enjoying concessions while seated in the theater. Learn all of BMFI’s safety protocols and procedures on

Private Theater Rentals are available at BMFI. Patrons can bring up to 15 people in their “bubble” to watch their favorite movie on a variety of viewing platforms. Private Theater Rentals start at $250 and include $100 of concessions at no additional charge. Prices vary depending on the day of the week, time of day, and length of film. See full details at

About Judas and the Black Messiah

Tasked to spy on Chicago Black Panther party leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), a petty criminal-turned-F.B.I. informant (LaKeith Stanfield) finds his loyalties—and moral compass—increasingly confused.

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About Minari

As Korean immigrants Jacob (Steven Yeun) and Monica (Yeri Han) try to claim their own piece of the American dream in rural Arkansas, their home life is upended by the arrival of Monica’s mischievous, foul-mouthed mother (Youn Yuh-jung).

Academy Award nominations:

About Nomadland

Left widowed and houseless after the closure of the local factory, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets out on a journey through the west in search of work, community, and survival.

Academy Award nominations:

About The Father

As the onset of dementia unravels his sense of reality, a stubbornly independent octogenarian (Anthony Hopkins) struggles to maintain his connection with his devoted daughter (Olivia Colman).

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About Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is a nonprofit, member-supported motion picture theater and film education center located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. BMFI is dedicated to promoting shared experiences that entertain, engage, and educate audiences through a diverse range of independent-minded films, a full curriculum of courses, and an extensive program of special events. BMFI was established in 2005 and has since become one of the nation’s largest and most successful art house theaters.