Health & Safety Guidelines at IFC Center

In accordance with current New York City regulations, to attend a film at IFC Center:

  • All customers aged 5-11 are currently required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO
  • All patrons 12 and older are required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • All customers 18 and over must also show a government-issued ID in the same name as their proof of vaccination

All patrons must wear a mask while in the building at all times. There is currently no exception to the mask policy, regardless of vaccine status.

Starting January 28, 2022, patrons ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.

The following will be accepted for proof of vaccination:

If you have purchased a ticket but are unable to provide proof of vaccination, please contact us at We’ll be happy to provide a refund.

The following health and safety protocols are also currently in effect at the theater:

  • In order to keep everyone safe, IFC Center currently has a no-exception mask policy for all patrons and staff – masks must be worn inside the building at all times. If you’ve forgotten your mask, we’ll be happy to provide you with one. IFC Center is not currently selling food or beverages, nor are we allowing them in the theater at this time. Merchandise will still be available for purchase at the concession stand.
  • Electronic ticketing and easy entry – Online ticket purchasers can skip the box office and get their Print-At-Home or mobile ticket scanned for entry. Need to purchase and print a ticket? Just visit the kiosk in the lobby to purchase with a credit card. An usher will be nearby if you need any assistance.
  • Films start close to showtime – If you want to catch the trailers and a short film before your feature, arrive 15 minutes before the showtime. If you just want to see the main event, feel free to arrive closer to showtime. We recommend all patrons factor in a little extra time for the proof of vaccine & ID check process.

In addition to screenings at the theater, you can check out a selection of short films made by current and former IFC Center staff that we launched last summer. Our documentary festival DOC NYC is offering online classes about all aspects of documentary making. And you can catch up with hundreds of IFC Center hits on our sister company’s streaming service, IFC Films Unlimited.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

– The IFC Center Team