It's A Wonderful Life Museum, Seneca Falls

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The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum was opened on December 10, 2010. The Museum is located in a portion of what was the first movie theater in town, the Seneca Theater, which was built in 1913 by Charles Fornesi, the first Italian to immigrate to Seneca Falls.

Karolyn Grimes, who played “Zuzu” in the film, has loaned photographs and memorabilia from the film that are on display. The Museum’s Exhibit includes quotes from Frank Capra that focus on his philosophy of the value of each individual together with photographs of scenes from the film.

The Museum illustrates why local residents have long believed that Seneca Falls was the inspiration for Bedford Falls. Information is also presented on Antonio Varacalli, a young man who drowned while trying to save a woman who jumped from the bridge into the canal, whose story might well be the inspiration for some important scenes in the film.

To learn about the “It’s a Wonderful Life” weekend in Seneca Falls, which is always held the second weekend in December, see
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  • Very small "museum" dedicated to the movie It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart. I think Seneca Falls is desperately trying to identify with Bedford Falls, the fictional town in the movie. No...  read more »
  • Right in the middle of Seneca Falls is a free museum devoted to the movie. Lots of pictures and information that you would like to see if you are a fan of the movie. I must have see it 20 times by now...  read more »
  • I just had to stop in and see the museum I love the movie and there is not a year that goes by that I don't watch it. Just to know it was inspired here in Seneca Falls it's ok by me. We enjoyed talkin...  read more »
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