Pickford Film Center

Pickford Film Center
Located at 1318 Bay St. at the epicenter of Bellingham Arts District, Pickford Film Center offers two-screens and state of the art, high definition digital audio and visual equipment to provide you the best cinema experience available. Make yourself at home in our welcoming lobby – perfect for relaxing before the film or meeting a group of friend to discuss your favorite directors over a bottle of wine from our seasonally curated wine list. Free wi-fi, concessions that just won’t quit, and a rotating selection of the very best movies out there – PFC is the place to be!
Pickford Film Center | 1318 Bay St. | Open 30 minutes before the first showtime of the day

Now Playing at Pickford Film Center

Mayerling (Royal Opera House)

Mayerling is based on the true story of the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his teenage mistress Mary Vetsera in 1889. This dark and intense ballet was created for The Royal Ballet in 1978 and is regarded by many as among Kenneth MacMillan's finest works. Orchestrated and arranged by John Lanchbery, the music of Franz Liszt sweeps the story to its intense conclusion, and sumptuous designs by Nicholas Georgiadis bring to life the formal, oppressive world of the Austro-Hungarian...
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What They Had

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together....
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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970's and 80's profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant)....
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Ida Lupino, The Director: The Hitch-Hiker

Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins (Edmund O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are on their way to a relaxing weekend on the lake when they make the fateful mistake of giving a ride to Emmett Myers (William Tallman), a ruthless killer on the run from the cops....
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Free Solo

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock- the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate...
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Weed the People

Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers in the US for the past 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti-cancer properties. Armed with only these laboratory studies, desperate parents obtain cannabis oil from underground sources to save their children from childhood cancers. “Weed the People” follows these families through uncharted waters as they take their children’s survival into their own hands. Some of their miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question at the heart of the film: If...
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Allelujah!

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town in Yorkshire, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
One of Britain’s most celebrated writers, Alan Bennett’s plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of...
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Ida Lupino, The Director: The Bigamist

The title character is Edmond O'Brien, a lonely travelling salesman who ends up married to two women, Eve (Joan Fontaine)--and Phyllis (Ida Lupino). Eventually, of course, the truth comes out. Directed by costar Ida Lupino, The Bigamist manages to evoke a certain amount of sympathy for Edmond O'Brien, without in any way advocating or excusing his lifestyle. Directed by Ida Lupino....
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PFC’s 20th Anniversary: Marie Antoinette

Celebrating the Pickford Film Center's 20th anniversary with 20 of our most popular films. Tickets are only $3.
Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.
Sponsored by Gennie Clawson...
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Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Grammy-nominated filmmaker John Anderson's Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest blues harmonica player of all time....
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Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer

A good-hearted miniature horse (voice of Josh Hutcherson) dreams of pulling Santa's sleigh. He gets the chance to audition when a reindeer retires, but troubles on his farm force him to choose between saving Christmas or helping his best friends. Jennifer Westcott wrote and directed this animated film, which also features the voices of Samantha Bee, Martin Short, John Cleese, Morena Baccarin, and Jeff Dunham....
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La Sylphide (Bolshoi Ballet)

On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville’s style. Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece....
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These Are My Hours

Presented by Birthroot Midwifery
With Director Scott Kirschenbaum in attendance. Champagne reception before the film, Q+A after the film.
The film industry has told every story except the story of birth. Until now.... Experience this unprecedented sensory immersion into Emily Graham's physical, emotional and psychological experience of giving birth. Just after midnight the first contraction awakens Emily. Over the next hours she journeys through the depths of her own body, supported by her chosen birth team: her husband Jason,...
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Trail Running Film Festival

From world-class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors The Trail Running Film Festival takes the audience on a virtual run through forests, up mountains, beyond emotional obstacles, and across the finish line. The two hours of films are shown in a nice theater that serves beer with comfortable seats, a large screen, and a nice sound system. We see this night as a fun way to come together with your running buddies and new friends to celebrate...
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Cascadia Dreams

Celebrate the sublime landscapes of the Northwest at Cascadia Dreams, a multimedia presentation featuring stunning images and mesmerizing video of our local mountains, rivers, beaches and the Salish Sea, accompanied by a live performance by Native American flute master Gary Stroutsos. Part of Elevation: The Art of Cascadia, this special presentation highlights the passionate photography of John D’Onofrio and Lance Ekhart in an elegiac tapestry of sight and sound.

Gary Stroutsos is a world-class musician and recording artist who...
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Run Wild, Run Free

Presented by, American Rivers:

A fundraiser to support a Wild & Scenic Nooksack River
Doors at 6:30 pm, film starts at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $12 advance, $10 members, $15 day of show.

Run Wild, Run Free takes the viewer through the history to the present of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, as told through experts, grassroots organizers, whitewater enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho.

The film tells the story of the...
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Soft Cell: One Final Time

This landmark event celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary and will be their ONLY and last EVER show.

One of the most influential groups to emerge from the UK electronic music scene in the 1980s, Soft Cell released five extraordinary albums and a string of Top 40 singles, including the record-breaking ‘Tainted Love’, probably the most evocative song of the era that continues to inspire today.

Featuring all the hits and a spectacular stage show, Soft Cell’s ‘Say Hello,...
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Elf

Presented by Bank of the Pacific
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart....
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The Madness of King George III (National Theatre)

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to...
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PFC’s 20th Anniversary: Captain Fantastic

Celebrating the Pickford Film Center's 20th anniversary with 20 of our most popular films. Tickets are only $3.
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
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