The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" premiered at the Globe Theatre in New York City on Dec. 20, 1946. Though it received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, it was not critically acclaimed. It has since become one of the most beloved films of all time -- with fans from around the world seeking out Seneca Falls, NY for a real-life movie experience. A museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the classic film is located in Seneca Falls, NY.
As you will see, the town has an undeniable connection to the movie. First, consider that Frank Capra visited Seneca Falls while writing the script. Other evidence that suggests a connection between the real-life Town of Seneca Falls and fictional Bedford Falls:
While Frank Capra never directly said that Seneca Falls was the inspiration for Bedford Falls, stating later that Bedford Falls is a collection of many small little towns, the community believes that the proof is in our history.