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The Bedford Playhouse is a vibrant, state of the art cinema, cultural center and community hub, featuring outstanding films and events, arts and educational programming, and a welcoming space to relax and socialize.  It is an oasis of great programming, first run films and shared excitement for the entire region.

More than a Movie Theater

Located in the heart of Bedford Village, The Bedford Playhouse has been modernized and upgraded for easy access and enjoyment, thanks to the generous support of the Bedford and wider community.  Now, we present a full array of cultural programming, newly released films, exciting live performances, and educational experiences for the entire family.

We are fortunate to be connected to many thought leaders and creatives in the industry, allowing us to produce programs you won’t see elsewhere. Additionally, we actively encourage partnerships, and collaborations with other community organizations to entertain, educate, and encourage dialogue and connection.

When you stop by to catch a film at The Bedford Playhouse, you will have the ultimate entertainment experience: our largest theater contains a 37-ft. wide screen along with state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. You’ll appreciate the comfortable seats. Two smaller theaters provide a more intimate film or program experience with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

We also offer drinks and small bites in a modern, fresh, informal setting at our café and bar located in the main lobby. It’s a great place to meet up with friends, either before or after enjoying a program or film. 

Bedford Playhouse is a 501 (c ) (3) organization that is supported through membership, grants, donations, and ticket sales. 

Our History

The Bedford Playhouse movie theater first opened its doors back in April 1947. It operated continuously in the Village for close to seventy years. In 1983, the theater was divided into two smaller theaters and much of its earlier majesty and historic nature were lost. In early 2015, the theater went dark and a group of dedicated area residents, led by John Farr, recognized the Playhouse’s potential as a cultural center, and decided to transform it, with community support, into  the extraordinary art house cinema, cultural center, and community hub that it is today.


Janet Maslin



Joe Berlinger

Christine Biddle

Laura Blau

Christopher Brescia

Claire Colletti

Jeff Cox

Tracy Fauver

Abby Gerry

Cameron Goodyear

Robert Greenfield

Susan Groner

Andy Hammerstein

Bayly Ledes

Joe Lovering

Ken Marsolais

Bob Perkins

Ira Resnick

Jamie Rinaldi

Betsy Ronel (Co-chair)

Lynn Ryan

Stephanie Small

Vanessa Smith (Co-chair)

Nancy Steiner

Steven Stickler

Audrey Zinman



JC Chandor

Chevy & Jayni Chase

Glenn Close

Cristi Andrews Cohen

Richard Gere

Sam Hollander

Chazz & Gianna Palminteri

Paul & Cathy Shaffer

Jeremy Sisto

Chris Wedge

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