BendFilm Announces Purchase of the Town’s Beloved Tin Pan Theater


Bend, OR – May 2, 2019 – BendFilm announced the purchase of the beloved Tin Pan Theater to expand its rich tradition of programming the best independent, foreign, and leading-edge films. BendFilm has been steadily increasing its year-round offerings in response to community demand for more independent cinema. In addition to the cutting-edge programming, the Tin Pan already showcases, BendFilm will add special programming, leveraging all the incredible films screened at the festival that don’t typically have the opportunity to enjoy wide-release at public theaters.

BendFilm sees the Tin Pan as the perfect venue to expand its mission to bring the community together through the art form of film to start conversations, connections and inspire action about the things most important to its community members. Tin Pan Owners, Micah Jordan, and Esme LaVoy, have built something incredibly special that the Bend local community and visitors have come to cherish. BendFilm wants to expand on all of its visionary work to make this theater a true community resource.

BendFilm will roll out a special film education series for a wide range of audiences, from youth to the retirement community. Almost Immediately, they’ll host a 4-part series on important genres of world cinema such as Iranian films, which will be hosted by year-round BendFilm programmer Ellen Shelton. BendFilm will also start Food for Thought, a weekly series of matinee films that will precede a meal at partnering restaurants like Joolz.

“Anyone who has entered the Tin Pan immediately falls in love with the space,” says BendFilm Executive Director Todd Looby, “The filmmakers we host, Bend cinephiles and travelers who relax after long days enjoying all Bend has to offer. Micah and Esme built a truly unique space that brings something new to the cinematic experience. At BendFilm, we know film has an undeniable power to connect people and this intimate theater makes that experience all the more powerful. We cannot wait to bring even more community-building programming to this space–building on the existing fan base and bringing in new film-lovers.”

Another program BendFilm hopes to roll out in the fall is the “Early Release Wednesday Film Club,” where students from local schools come to the Tin Pan to be introduced to classic and important cinema accompanied by short lectures from local experts.

The theater will also allow BendFilm to expand Festival operations and programming as any excess revenue from the Tin Pan will be re-invested in the festival.

BendFilm wants to continue hosting great events at the theater such as Armchair and Bend Design, and additionally serve as an incubator for new ideas like what happened with The Night Light Show with Shanan Kelley.

BendFilm is currently seeking benefactors to lighten the financial load of the purchase in exchange for recognition and VIP treatment. Please direct inquiries to Tracy Pfiffner, BendFilm’s Marketing and Development Manager,

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About BendFilm:

BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 16th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon and in satellite communities across Central Oregon. Festival events are hosted, at the famed The Oxford Hotel, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, The Volcanic Theater, Cascades Theatrical Company, and the historic Tower Theatre. Make plans now to attend October 10-13, 2019, for four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels, music, street theater, and parties, in beautiful Bend, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit .

Get your film festival passes today to see Shelton screen Bull Durham and revisit some of his classic films at this year’s festival OCT 10-13 in Bend, Oregon