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 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