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

High Life

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system.The crew of death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished...
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The Mustang

Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang....
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Best of the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by leading regional filmmakers. This touchstone annual event brings artists and audiences together for a community celebration including current northwest film exhibition, and Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit. Annually, Northwest Fest draws more than 400 entries from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

From Parts Unknown / Michael Workman / Missoula, MT
Ten years after starting an undergroun amateur wrestling leagure in the backyards of Spokane, Washington,...
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Rashomon + local author Michael Barrett

The postwar Japanese film that made director Akira Kurosawa a worldwide cinematic phenom. Rashomon demonstrates how different witnesses might interpret the same physical action with contradictions — known in Psychology as the Rashomon Effect. In his recently published book Foreign Language Films and the Oscar, Whatcom resident Michael Barrett calls the 1952 Oscar winner “truly one of the great films of all times.” Barrett will be on hand for the event to introduce the movie, answer questions, and sign books....
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Tomorrow Never Knows

The uncomfortable reality of death is faced by Shar and Cynthia who, upon Shar’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s, make a brave and difficult decision: she will undertake a conscious death, fully experiencing the end of her life. This documentary moves away from any ominous, taboo or frightening depiction, instead raising the question of what we really mean when we say someone has gone....
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The Brink

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump's inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post -- though some say he still has a direct line to the White House -- he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his...
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The Impossible Dream / Loving Vincent Double Feature

Double Feature! One matinee ticket lets you see both making-of documentary The Impossible Dream and animated feature film Loving Vincent!

The Impossible Dream recalls a 10-year journey that brought the world's first fully painted feature film to the cinema screen. From humble beginnings in a bedroom in an industrial Polish town of Lódz, an idea for a 7-minute short film that would tell the story of Vincent van Gogh through his paintings was conceived. The potential for a truly...
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Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is "as bold and beautiful as ever" (Telegraph). This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, this "spellbinding" (Independent) re-imagining of the classic New Adventures production stars Will...
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Trumbo + Laura Kalpakian’s ‘The Great Pretenders’

Trumbo is presented along with local author Laura Kalpakian’s release of her new novel The Great Pretenders and will feature a reading from the book and a Q&A with Laura before the film.

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice...
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Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution....
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La forza del destino (Royal Opera House)

La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores. Its overture - which introduces us to the sinister motif signifying Fate - is one of his most memorable. The opera also contains some of Verdi’s most brilliant choral writing, including Act III’s stirring ‘Rataplan’ chorus, and several beautiful and intimate arias such as Leonora's ardent Act IV 'Pace, pace mio Dio!'. There's comedy too with the scenes for the greedy monk Fra Melitone. Christof Loy's colourful and spectacular...
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Once Upon a Superhero

Producer Scott Weil will be in attendance. Q+A to follow the film!

A homeless wanderer named Solar Flare proclaims to be a real superhero from the Sun who's been exiled to live on Earth without his superpowers for 189 days. From the personal discovery of why he was sent here (to save this planet from an apocalyptic solar flare), to the array of bizarre characters that misguide him, we follow the lost "superhero" on what quickly becomes a downward...
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Wrestle (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Presented by Indie Lens. Tickets are free and available at the box office only.

Wrestle is an intimate, inspiring coming of age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the State Championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the South....
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Sunset (Napszállta)

1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The young Irisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner. While preparations are under way at the Leiter hat store to host guests of uttermost importance, a man abruptly comes to Irisz, looking for a certain Kálmán Leiter. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman...
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Hail Satan?

"Amusingly, Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? is interested in clarifying one critical misconception about the Satanic Temple: its members don’t, in fact, worship the Devil at all. Rather, the organization—or religion, as they’d prefer to be called—is, essentially, an ultimately altruistic group of people, typically self-proclaimed misfits, who wish to highlight the double standards of the so-called separation of church and state—all while co-opting Satanic iconography to get a rise out of Christian conservatives." The Film Stage...
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Mirai

Pickford Family Matinee. Presented by Bank of the Pacific, Tickets are only $1.

When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning "future"), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the...
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All About Eve (National Theatre)

All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

This highly-anticipated stage production stars Gillian...
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Rams (Design Days)

Presented as part of Design Days.

For over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. The objects Dieter has designed have touched the lives of millions of people––so many of us have had a Braun coffeemaker, shaver, stereo, calculator, speakers, or alarm clock. Or an Oral-B toothbrush. Or a Vitsoe 606 shelving system. Or any of the hundreds...
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Masters of Asian Cinema: Ash is Purest White

A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, Ash is Purest White is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. With a three-part structure, it begins by following the quick-witted Qiao (Tao Zhao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 postindustrial Datong before expanding out into an epic narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives, and continues Jia Zhangke's body of work as a record of 21st-century...
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The Phantom of the Opera: Invincible Czars Live Score!

The most adventurous band from Austin, Texas — The Invincible Czars — are bringing their new score to town as they perform it live to the 1925 American silent film The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney!

Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making these near century-old movies “actually scary” for modern day audiences. The scores and their performances complements the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment with as much cinematic flare...
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