Frankly My Dear…The Bryn Mawr Film Institute Reopens Friday, April 9


After one year of presenting exclusively virtual programming, the doors to 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:

  • Advance, online, reserved-seating tickets are required
  • Pre-ordered, no-contact concessions are available
  • New safety measures are in place
  • Limited audience capacities in compliance with state and local guidelines
Images via BMFI.

What’s the same about BMFI:

  • Movies you love
  • State-of-the-art cinema experience
  • Vibrant film community
  • Best popcorn in town

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 MessiahMinariNomadland, 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.

Read more about the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, reopening this Friday, April 9, 2021.

Read more about BMFI at VFTCB.

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