It's a Wonderful Life Bridge, 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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  • Came up here to visit Bedford Falls ( Seneca Falls ) We walked across this bridge and just made us Happy. We loved the Movie and it was just a nice thing to take us “back” in time.  more »
  • It’s a Wonderful life is my all time favorite movie. It is not known for sure that Frank Capra modeled this movie off of Seneca Falls but the town does have a striking resemblance. I could definitely....  more »
  • This is the view and the story that inspired Bedford Falls. Learn the true story of Anthony Varacalli who, 100 years ago, earned his angel wings by jumping off this bridge to save a woman from drowning. Come and visit the town during the It's a Wonder Life celebration the first weekend of December each year when the town brings the movie to life.
  • Went over the water amazingly well. Very few bumps. Didnt crash into the canal. No disappointments. Would drive across again.

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