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Film Forum 50

In 2020, Film Forum will be half a century old. Not bad for a scrappy non-profit that started with 50 folding chairs and a 16mm projector the size of a breadbox. We've grown over all these years because of people who appreciate independent films and classic cinema… who believe going to the movies is worth their time, money, and energy… who want to learn about a world that extends far beyond the borders of New York City… and who care about a 100-year-old art form – movies that give us insight into our history and ourselves.

For those considering larger gifts (including naming opportunities and endowed funds):
contact Michael Magnes,


A special thanks… to our landlord Jeffrey Gural and Brian Steinwurtzel of Newmark Holdings. We honor the perspicacity of Newmark founder, Aaron Gural, who gave us a lease in 1989 for the space we currently occupy on West Houston Street. We would not be here today, planning for the future, without his generous foresight.