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Bedford Playhouse Looks To Bring Golden Age Of Film Back To The Present

The Bedford Playhouse is looking to become a not-for-profit cinema, cultural center and community hub.
The Bedford Playhouse is looking to become a not-for-profit cinema, cultural center and community hub. Video Credit: Bedford Playhouse

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Going to the movies should be fun, says the team at the not-for-profit Bedford Playhouse, which is about to undergo an extensive renovation. Instead of paying to sit in cheaply built, mass produced theaters, imagine experiencing great service, a warm, intimate setting and access to unique, outstanding films. Seem like a thing of the past? Think again.

Thanks to Playhouse President John Farr and the Playhouse board, staff and volunteers, movie-going the way it used to be is poised to return to Northern Westchester.

The updated space will include three state of the art theaters and a cafe with a full bar, housed within Bedford's seventy-year old historic theater nestled right in Bedford Village. One break with the past: the new Playhouse will now be operating during the day, with the cafe open for three meals a day.

In addition to offering the best independent, foreign and documentary films, the newly-redesigned Playhouse will screen curated classic films and family matinees every weekend. There will also be cause-oriented film series which members can sponsor.

The Playhouse isn't just about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a good movie, however. "We'll host distinguished speaker series drawing the best authors, artists and filmmakers in the area. We'll also do educational programming for students and feature a wide variety of cultural offerings relating to art, music and literature," said Farr.

Currently, $4,725,000 has been raised to rebuild the Bedford Playhouse. Just $475,000 more is needed to start construction in January. To open with confidence late next fall, the Playhouse will need to raise an additional $1, 400,000 in 2017. Key to their success will be boosting awareness and participation from neighboring towns like Armonk, Greenwich and South Salem.

To donate, find out more, or arrange a private tour of the space before end of year, please contact Dan Friedman at 914-659-8292 or visit www.bedfordplayhouse.org.

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