About Bedford Playhouse

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 is 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 are 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 presents a rich variety of programming. This includes first-run movie releases, classics and family fare, independent and art house films 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 hosts wine tastings and unique events — as well as a spacious café with a full bar, offering light, delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The Playhouse Cafe is a place where people can meet for a drink or a meal – even without attending an event or movie. Additional cafe info can be found HERE.

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

To sum it all up, there is something for everyone at the Bedford Playhouse!

*Assisted listening and CC equipment are available upon request.


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.

Sarah Long*

Vice Chair
Douglas Maine*

Kim Speegle*

Bill Jackson, Esq.*

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

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

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

* Executive Committee

Executive Director – Michael Hoagland
Senior Director, Finance & Administration – Marie-Louise Scanlan
Director, Development – Robert Panzera
Director, Programming – Dan Friedman
Director, Theater Operations –
Director, Marketing & Communications –
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 – Harry Smolin