Our mission is to provide a vibrant, state of the art cinema, cultural center and community hub, featuring outstanding films, other 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.
We launched our main theater with two evergreen classics over Memorial Day weekend, and will offer select programming throughout the summer while we finish the renovation in time for a full opening weekend September 28-30th. Please save the date!
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.
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 will also feature 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.
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!
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.
FOUNDER AND BOARD PRESIDENT
VICE CHAIR AND TREASURER
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Melissa Roth Mendez
Jordan & Brooke Vogel
Chevy & Jayni Chase
Paul & Cathy Shaffer
* Executive Committee
Executive Director – Nicole Gardner
Director of Development – Dan Friedman
Theater Manager – Bijhan Clarke
Director of Marketing and Communications – Lindsay Cain Hearon