About

About Bedford Playhouse

The Bedford Playhouse is a world class cinema and cultural arts center located in the heart of Bedford Village. The Playhouse is a space with a sense of style based on history. The Bedford Playhouse 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 majesty and historic nature was lost. In early 2015, the theater went dark. A group of dedicated area residents, led by John Farr, transformed the original Bedford Playhouse into the majestic art house cinema, cultural center and community hub that it is today. Walking into the cafe, one almost feels as though they are walking into a relaxing bistro in a far off location, stepping foot into our main theater is breathtaking. The teal curtain is one of the most commented aspects of the theater.

Stepping into the lobby evokes feelings of old Hollywood glamour. You’re met by the originally restored box office. Patrons check in and receive their tickets to one of our three theaters, which are all served by state of the art projection and sound equipment. Our main theater seats 160 and there is no rush to get to your seat, there is plenty of time to visit our cafe or concessions before your movie or program begins.

*Assisted listening and CC equipment are available upon request.

Our Mission

The mission of the Bedford Playhouse 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.

Concessions, Café & Tasting Room

We do sell what you may expect….popcorn, but ours seems to be the best in the business-extra buttery and salty, candy, and sodas. Yet we offer so much more. Our cafe offers a choice of craft cocktails such as the Bedford After Dark, beer, wine and full bar. Our cafe serves light bites to share or something to nibble on for yourself before the movie.

The Playhouse also features a luxurious “Tasting Room” that can host wine tasting and unique events. It is like stepping into the room you’ve always dreamed of creating at home, sophisticated, calming and well stocked with all provisions.

Additional cafe info can be found HERE.

Parties at the Playhouse & More

The Bedford Playhouse theaters and event space are available to rent for classes, parties, meetings, corporate events and other programs.

There is something for everyone at the Bedford Playhouse. Please join us soon!

[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.

CHAIRMAN  
Sarah Long*

Vice Chair
Douglas Maine*

VICE CHAIR AND TREASURER
Kim Speegle*

SECRETARY
Bryan Gabourie*

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Daniel Doron, Esq.
Shaul Dover
Joni Evans
Melissa Fleming
Don Greenwald*
Bob Harris
Suzanne Hogan*
William Jackson, Esq.*
Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon
Carolyn Mandelker
Deborah Miller-Zabel
Paula Resnick
Donna Satow
Tamiko Soros
David Worby

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Alison Bergen
Joe Berlinger
Christine Biddle
Laura Blau
Christopher Brescia
Claire Colletti
Jeff Cox
Daniel Doron
Tracy Fauver
Abby Gerry
Dan Ginnel
Cameron Goodyear
Robert Greenfield
Susan Groner
Andy Hammerstein
Coco Kanakis
Bayly Ledes
Kate Lemkau
Joe Lovering
Ken Marsolais
Ira Resnick
Jamie Rinaldi
Lynn Ryan
Donna Satow
Stephanie Small
Vanessa Smith
Nancy Steiner
Steven Stickler
Jordan & Brooke Vogel
Audrey Zinman

CULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
JC Chandor
Chevy & Jayni Chase
Glenn Close
Richard Gere
Chazz & Gianna Palminteri
Paul & Cathy Shaffer
Chris Wedge

* Executive Committee

STAFF
Executive Director – Michael Hoagland
Senior Director, Finance & Administration – Marie-Louise Scanlan
Director, Development – Robert Panzera
Director, Programming – Dan Friedman
Director, Theater Operations – Ryan Loucks
Communications Specialist – Courtney Walker
Senior Manager, Food & Beverage – Janná Espinoza
Manager, Development – Nancy Walton
Manager, Rentals – Holly Hart
Assistant Manager, Theater Operations – Grant Beals
Assistant Manager, Theater Operations – Sean Quinn
Projectionist & Administrative Assistant – Harry Smolin