32 Fall Street,
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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: Fornesi Theatre
Charles Fornesi built the Seneca Theatre in 1913. It was Seneca Falls' first movie house. By the 1930’s, the Seneca Theatre had been taken over by the Schine Circuit, which kept the house closed, threatening to open it only when an independent operator announced plans to build a new theater to compete with Schine’s Strand Theatre. The new theater was never built, and the Seneca remained closed.
Eventually the building was converted for other uses. For some years it has been the home of the IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity. Since 2010 the space has been shared by the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, commemorating Frank Capra’s 1946 film which was set in a town called Bedford Falls. Many citizens of Seneca Falls believe that their town was Capra’s model for Bedford Falls.
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