1318 Bay Street | Bellingham, WA 98225
1416 Cornwall Avenue | Bellingham, WA 98225
We are open 30 minutes prior to the first show time daily. Typically, Saturday and Sunday we are open before noon and Mondays through Fridays we are open by 3:30pm. In addition to regular theatre concessions we also serve a variety of snacks from local companies, a great selection of beer choices and a full wine list which is curated seasonally. Enjoy a snack or a drink in our lobby, or take your beverage into the theatre with you to enjoy during the film!
Pickford Film Center serves as a community living room, situated at the epicenter of the Arts District in downtown Bellingham. The film center allows PFC to better fulfill a core mission of the organization – providing our community with the highest quality movie-going experience possible at an affordable price, while working to foster arts education and visual literacy in our community.
Movie Line: (360) 738-0735
Pickford Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2521, Bellingham, WA 98227
Office Answering Machine: (360) 647-1300
Pickford Film Center (PFC) is more than movies!
A vital, mission-driven organization dedicated to its community, PFC offers an authentic, rich and uniquely Bellingham experience in a casual and friendly environment. PFC programming brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate the joy of the moving image.
Founded in 1998 by a small group of local film fans dedicated to making high-quality cinema available in Bellingham and the entire Whatcom County region, the mission of Pickford Film Center is to provide a forum and resource for independent cinema, strengthening community through education, dialogue and the celebration of film. PFC offers year-round, independent, foreign and documentary film, world class performing arts, and related special events. We’re also proud to host special events for schools, universities and community organizations.
PFC is a dynamic, multi-dimensional arts nonprofit supported by enthusiastic members, businesses, and audiences. With over 5,000 dues paying members, PFC has more than any other cultural institution in Whatcom County. PFC is run by five full-time, ten part-time staff, and a Board of Directors. In 2014, PFC served over 83,000 individuals – that’s more than the population of Bellingham! PFC has always operated responsibly within its income, and strives to blend the best of non-profit and for profit business approaches to create growth and maintain successful operations.
Pickford Film Center was named after Mary Pickford, for a few key reasons: She was small in stature — and when we opened in 1998, our cinema was only around 80 seats. She was innovative, creative, had an entrepreneurial spirit — qualities we were drawn to as a new organization and business. She also was someone who was a bit before her time as a woman during her heyday — forming United Artists with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, produced her own films, and generally went where no woman had really gone before in the film industry. We appreciated this inner strength and clarity of vision and hoped we could be so driven.
As the region’s leading venue for independent film, and the only 365 day independent cinema between Seattle and Vancouver B.C., PFC serves individuals of all ages, races and socioeconomic levels. With program grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Humanities Washington, the Charlotte Martin Foundation and capital project grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Building for the Arts Grant, The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust and The Rotary Club of Bellingham, PFC has a proven track record of success as both a local business and non-profit leader.
Pickford Film Center program selections are tailored to Bellingham by staff who are invested in growing Whatcom County with hearts and minds intact: entertainment, conversation, and understanding go hand in hand at Pickford Film Center.
Visit us soon and experience Pickford Film Center – much, much more than movies!
Tues – Sun General Admission $10.75
Mondays and Bargain shows $8.50
Children under 12 and Students with valid ID $8.00
Tue – Fri before 5 PM
Sat & Sun before 3:30 PM
Rent a screening room with Pickford Film Center or the Limelight Cinema
When schedules allow we will rent out our cinema for meetings, private events, in-progress screenings and parties. Please contact Grace Schrater, Assistant Manager
PFC’s Theatre 1: $150 per hour (75 Seats)
PFC’s Theatre 2: $250 per hour (132 Seats)
PFC’s Limelight Cinema: $125 per hour (70 Seats)
*Rates reflect off-peak hours. Peak hour rentals are negotiated on a per event basis. See “Availability.”
A whole range of concessions are available for your meeting or party needs, including our famous GMO-free popcorn and spice bar, candy,and a range of locally sourced gluten-free treats, sandwiches, salads and more. (Unlimited popcorn and fountain drinks for your guests can be made available for an extra fee with any rental agreement.)
Most rentals of PFC’s facilities will take place during hours that lie outside of regularly scheduled show times. This is due to our commitments with film distribution companies, and these times are typically before 1 PM Monday-Thursday, or after 9 PM Sunday-Thursday. Weekend times can be arranged, but please note that since every week’s schedule is different, available times will vary. Please contact us to inquire about the time you would like to book your event and we will be happy to do our best to accommodate you.
Terms are 50% upon acceptance of contract, and the remainder is due at time of rental.
NEED A PLACE TO PARTY? We’ve got you covered.
Pickford Film Center and PFC’s Limelight Cinema are the perfect place to invite your friends and family and enjoy a special event or share a memorable moment. Our comfortable theaters and helpful staff will make sure everyone can sit back and enjoy the film of your choice. Great for birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions and office celebrations; film parties provide a good time for all in a unique setting.
For all party inquiries, contact Grace Schrater, Assistant Operations Manager
Available times: 10 AM & Noon during the weekdays and select weekends, and midnight any day (may start at 11:30pm if scheduling permits).
Payment: Terms are 50% upon acceptance of contract, and the remainder is due at time of rental.
Concessions: Concessions can be made available upon request; concessions revenue will remain with Pickford Film Center.
Restrictions: Parties are strictly non-commercial; you may not charge admission to your event.
|PFC Big house||PFC Small house||PFC’s Limelight Cinema|
|Pricing||up to 132 people $400||up to 75 people $200||up to 70 people $150|