All public programs are suspended until further notice. Learn more.

Jacob Burns Film Center’s Message to the Public about Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 

Updated 4/9/20

The continuing impact of COVID19 necessitates difficult decisions and changes to JBFC operations, which you can read more about in a letter from Acting Executive Director Janet Benton.


Updated 3/17/20

Following Governor Cuomo’s mandate that movie theaters close until further notice, we will reopen as soon as it is advisable to do so. We appreciate your understanding as we work through this challenging time.

>Supporting the JBFC community TOGETHER. We need you more than ever before. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to help us get through this challenging time. Thank you for remaining by our side.

>Looking for ways to stay busy while social distancing? Check out JBFC at Home, a one-stop shop featuring all of our virtual new releases, streaming suggestions, media activities, work-from-home resources, and more.


Updated 3/12/20

In response to the recent community spread of COVID-19 in Westchester County, and out of deep care and concern for our wonderful JBFC community, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all film and education programs beginning Friday, March 13 through March 31. This is a precautionary and voluntary measure as we currently have no known cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 associated with the JBFC campus. During this time, the Theater and Media Arts Lab will be closed to the public, and our administrative staff will continue to work remotely.

Given the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control about social distancing, we believe this is the most responsible and prudent action to protect the well-being of our community and staff.

Unfortunately, this means the Westchester Jewish Film Festival is also canceled. We will make every effort to reschedule the festival at a later date.

All ticketholders will have the opportunity to convert the value of their ticket purchase into a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Jacob Burns Film Center. Please contact by end-of-day on Monday, March 16 if you’d like to support the JBFC in this way.

For those who would prefer refunds of purchased tickets, there is no need to respond. Beginning Tuesday, our customer support team will refund all ticket purchases via credit card for screenings through March 31 and all purchases for the Jewish Film Festival. Any ticket purchases by cash at the box office will require refunding through the box office after we re-open.

We appreciate your support in this unprecedented time and will share our plans when we re-evaluate at the end of the month.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


The presence of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Westchester County reminds us of the importance of taking care of ourselves and one another, as we come together to watch films and participate in education programs on the JBFC campus.

We are committed to keeping our facilities as clean and sanitary as possible. Here are some of the additional steps we are taking:

  • In addition to our regular cleanings, we’re frequently disinfecting all high-touch surfaces, including countertops, door handles, elevator buttons, and railings. Guests are encouraged to bring their own personal sanitizing wipes to clean seat armrests. Please dispose of all wipes properly.
  • We’re awaiting the arrival of a hand-sanitizing station for our theater lobby, and will install it as soon as it is received.
  • Our staff are committed to keeping their hands clean and sanitary and have been instructed to stay home if they’re not feeling well.
  • We’ve increased signage around our facilities with reminders about keeping yourself and others healthy.


Some helpful reminders for all of us:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and always before eating or drinking. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill germs.
  • At receptions where food is offered, please wait for assistance from our staff instead of self-serving. We thank you for your cooperation and patience.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it in the trash immediately.
  • If you have cold and flu symptoms, or are not feeling well, please stay home. We look forward to welcoming you back to the movies when you’re feeling better.
  • If you are a person at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for protecting yourself from transmission.


Some other helpful resources:


We will continue to monitor this developing situation closely and comply with recommendations and instructions from our local and state health departments.

Our customer support team can be reached at We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our film community as healthy as possible.


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