Film Forum
"We may someday look back with gratitude
at Film Forum's repertory operation
as a golden age unto itself."

- Philip Lopate, The New York Times


Dear Friend:

PHOTO: 25 Years of Repertory

In 1987, Bruce Goldstein joined Film Forum as Director of Repertory Programming. Thanks to Bruce's work, Film Forum remains one of the few cinemas in the U.S. to present full-time repertory programming rich in rarities – and breathtaking new prints of established classics. We've premiered nearly 1,000 new and restored movies. You may catch a festival devoted to Film Noir, Billy Wilder, Pre-Code, Agnès Varda, Robert Ryan, Fritz Lang, Al Pacino, or silent gems with live piano accompaniment.

Why has repertory become an endangered species in the U.S.?

  • Difficulty in obtaining good quality 35mm prints
  • Astronomical cost of shipping prints internationally
  • Labor intensive nature of research, design, printing, and dissemination of detailed promotional materials

Why does repertory survive at Film Forum?

  • Our dedication to presenting an exciting, diverse selection
  • Our commitment to the highest quality restorations and re-releases
  • Our loyal, knowledgeable, sophisticated audience

The support of Film Forum donors offsets the financial downside that repertory entails. Members and donors give more than $800,000 annually to help defray operating costs.

Please join our celebration of Bruce's 25th anniversary.
Make a contribution – of any size – to our nonprofit cinema.
And keep classic movies on screen where they belong.

Please make a 100% tax-deductible gift to our annual appeal.

Click here to donate online.

Click here to print a donation form, if you prefer to send a check.

What do I get for my donation?
Our sincere thanks – and the satisfaction of knowing you've put your money to work keeping classic movies on screen.

What don't I get?
No ugly logo-embossed coffee mugs, totes, refrigerator magnets, mouse pads, key rings, scarves, ashtrays...

Many thanks. We look forward to seeing you at the movies.

Best regards,


Karen Cooper

For more information, contact Keith Butler at 212-627-2035 x225 or


A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by writing to:
New York Department of State, Office of Charities Registration, Albany, NY 12231.
Film Forum, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.