Our mission is to provide a vibrant, state of the art cinema, cultural center and community hub, featuring outstanding films, arts-related programming, educational offerings and a fun, welcoming space to relax and socialize. 

The newly renovated Bedford Playhouse will be an exciting resource for our community…a destination where Westchester and Connecticut residents gather for film, music, events – or just good food and drink.

Our three theaters will be served by state of the art projection and sound equipment.  Together with the Clive Davis Arts Center, named for our largest donor, legendary music producer Clive Davis, the Playhouse will present a rich variety of programming. Assisted listening and CC equipment are available upon request.

This will include new movie releases, classics and family fare, as well as an author series, speaker events, music performances, art exhibits, educational offerings, and more.

The new Playhouse also features a luxurious “Tasting Room” that will host wine tastings and unique events — as well as a spacious café with a full bar, offering light, delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It will be a place where people can meet for a drink or a meal – even without seeing a movie. OPENING SOON!

Finally, Bedford Playhouse theaters and event spaces will be available to rent for classes, parties, meetings, corporate events and other programs.

To sum it all up, there will be something for everyone at the new Bedford Playhouse!

John Farr, Clive Davis, Sarah Long



The Bedford Playhouse is a former movie theater located in Bedford, New York which first opened its doors back in April 1947 to much fanfare. It operated continuously in the village for close to seventy years. It had a state of the art sound system and projection, “modern” air conditioning and an exterior designed to blend in with the historic village of Bedford. The owner and designer, Joseph H. Stearns, was a resident of Pound Ridge.

In 1983, the theater was divided into two smaller theaters, and much of its majesty and historic nature was lost. In early 2015, the theater closed.

A grass roots organization was formed under the leadership of Bedford resident John Farr, with the goal of transforming it into a not-for-profit arts house cinema, cultural center, and community hub. Over $8 million has been raised since then and construction of the new facility began in Spring, 2017.

[Read about the April 30, 1947 opening of the original Bedford Playhouse here.]

Who We Are

Bedford Playhouse, Inc. is led by a committed Board of Directors, and members of the local arts and professional community who serve on our Advisory Councils. The organization continues to be led by Sarah Long, Chairman of the Board, and Founder and President, John Farr.

Sarah Long*

John Farr*

Kim Speegle*

Bill Jackson*

Joe Berlinger
Shaul Dover
Nick Firth*
Don Greenwald*
Bob Harris
Michael Karangelen
Rebecca Lainovic
Joe Lovering
Douglas Maine
Courtney McGinnis
Deborah Miller-Zabel
Stan Ponte
Paula Resnick
Tamiko Soros
David Worby

Alison Bergen
Christine Biddle
Laura Blau
Claire Colletti
Jeff Cox
Nancy Dunst
Joni Evans
Olivia Farr
Valerie Garduno
Abby Gerry
Dan Ginnel
Cameron Goodyear
Susan Groner
Coco Kanakis
Kate Lemkau
Melissa Roth Mendez
Robert Natale
Ira Resnick
Diana Rice
Jamie Rinaldi
Lynn Ryan
Donna Satow
Stephanie Small
Vanessa Smith
Nancy Steiner
Steven Stickler
Jordan & Brooke Vogel
Audrey Zinman

JC Chandor
Chevy & Jayni Chase
Glenn Close
Michael Hveem
Paul & Cathy Shaffer
Chris Wedge

* Executive Committee

Executive Director – Nicole Gardner
Director of Development – Dan Friedman
Theater Manager – Bijhan Clarke
Director of Marketing and Communications – Lindsay Cain Hearon