Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Avenue,
Suffern, NY 10901

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movieguy on June 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

The fall classic series will be announced at the end of the summer. The town of Ramapo is no longer involved. But the theater will have classic movies this fall.

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 11:49 pm

While there will be no longer a partnership with the town of Ramapo, With the town of Ramapo sponsoring the classic series as they did in the past. There WILL be classic movies at the theater Saturday mornings . Just not the same schedule, as the town followed in the past. Updates coming soon

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Pete and Nelson certainly did a fantastic job programming the Lafayette theater with 3-D film festivals and the classic movies Saturday mornings.

Always wonderful presentations in 35mm. Pete worked his ass off during the 3-D festival in 2004. Remember he had to have two projectors running basically exactly at the same time to have perfect 3-D.

Beautiful prints and a great selection of Saturday morning classic films and great movies during the many film festivals the three day film festivals.

I am so happy that I was able to take part in the festivals and the Saturday morning Movies from 2003 until their last season of classic films Spring 2013

I can’t think of any theater now that does what Pete and Nelson did those 10 years

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

If you want to see the current programming at the Ramapo cultural arts Center. It’s listed under Maveli Cinemas . Go to Facebook and type in “ Maveli Cinemas

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on June 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Very well-said, Bill.

Dedicated film programmers such as Pete and Nelson (who also love film) are becoming as hard to find as good 35mm prints.

Perhaps I’m assuming a bit but it’s a sad day when when local politics interferes with such a wonderful cul tural program as “Big Screen Classics”. (or whatever the latest was.)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm

And how many people who didn’t have the dedication and pride in their work that our friend Pete has would’ve simply cancelled that show?

During their Lafayette years, Pete and Nelson were directly responsible for some of the most memorable movie screenings I’ve ever attended.

PeterApruzzese on June 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm

I ran the 35mm at the Cultural Arts Center one night during the Jewish Film Festival in, I think, 2004. That wasn’t the original gear, I’m pretty certain it was donated by Nelson Page after being removed from one of his other theaters and that showing was the first time it had been used. The night was memorable because the motor on the feed platter burned out about 20 minutes into the show and I had to turn the platter by hand for the next two hours.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on June 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Would anyone know if there is a link to a web site for the Ramapo Cultural Arts Center?

I searched but found nothing.

Thank You

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

There is also a 35 mm projector up in the booth a platter system. It has not been used in many years because of the switch to digital

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm

I’ll be going to the Ramapo cultural arts Center, to see a Malaysian/Indian film today. I will check on the speakers and observe how the sound is during the movie. The last few times I was there the sound was perfectly fine crisp and clear. Christie digital projector in the booth so the movie looks very good on the screen. Yes it’s kind of plan inside absolutely nothing even close to the absolutely gorgeous Lafayette theater. I think the partnership between the theater and the town of Ramapo of course should’ve continued Regarding the classic series

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on June 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Will there be periodic up-dates from Phil here as to the transfer of the classic film program to the Ramapo Cultural Center?

Looking forward the new venue.

mdvoskin on June 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

he Ramapo Cultural Arts Center is the old Spring Valley Theatre, which opened in 1962 and closed in 1988. It spent half it’s life as a porno theatre prior to the town of Ramapo taking it over. The Ramapo Cultural Arts Center has it’s own cinematreasures page, here.

I was last in the Ramapo Arts Center around 10 years ago, so admittedly my comments may be out of date.

At that time they had a professional HD video projector, but it was not DCP compliant, so they could only run films from DVD or Bluray. The screen was the back wall painted white. The sound was set up public address style with a speaker on either side of the screen, totally wrong for motion pictures. If movieguy is correct and they are now using Bose speakers, you could not have picked a worse choice for movie sound due to the way they disperse the sound.

The theatre’s interior is typical of a 1960’s movie theatre, no grandeur but functional. Downtown Spring Valley is no Suffern, not much of interest except the theatre.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

The Ramapo Arts Center is also accessible by NJ Transit train. It’s 3 blocks away from the Spring Valley station, on the Pascack Valley line (a different line than the one that takes you to Suffern).

I hope the Classics series finds a new home, but it’s sad to think that the Citizen Kane show I attended on 6/4 was my last classic movie at the beautiful Lafayette, and I never knew it. It was a great 13-year run.

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 8:32 am

The Lafayette theater is a true movie palace. Built in 1924. With a full balcony opera boxes beautiful neon marquee. 950 seats. The cultural arts Center was a single screen first run theater up until the mid-70s. It does have a good sized screen. The sound system is good with the Bose speakers all around. The seats are comfortable. There are currently Indian Hindi movies being shown at the cultural arts Center. If the classic program Is it re located to this theater by the town of Ramapo in the fall. It’ll be a very good venue for the movies.

movieguy on June 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

The Ramapo cultural arts Center is located in downtown Spring Valley. It is about 15 to 20 minutes away from Suffern. One can take Route 59 from downtown area of Suffern past the Walmart through the downtown area of Munc past the Walmart through the downtown area of Monsey past the shopping center and the sign for that now closed Rockland Drive In. Also pass The Spring Valley high school. When you pass the Finkelstein Library on the left. One gets to an intersection where you can make a left and go down Route 45 into downtown Spring Valley where the cultural arts Center is located

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on June 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

Since my knowledge of the Suffern area is due solely to my visits the the wonderful “Big Screen Classics” program I was wondering… what is the distance factor between the Lafayette and the Ramapo Cultural Center in Spring Valley? (Is there much of a “hike” difference between the two venues ?) And a very big “Thank You” to Phil for your interest and efforts in keeping classic films alive.

movieguy on June 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Phil Tishi posted up on Facebook that he was very happy to do the film series for 14 years. Everyone should still continue to support the Lafayette theater. He intends on moving the classic series to another venue in the fall. The town owns the ramapo cultural arts Center in downtown Spring Valley. It is now showing Hindi movies seven days a week and doing pretty well. I’m sure there would be room for a classic series on Saturday mornings if that’s where they intend to move the classic series to. They do have a digital projector a Christie digital projector at the cultural arts Center. Along with a very good sound system Bose speakers. Comfortable seats and a big screen. So look forward to possible classic film programming there in the fall

movieguy on June 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm

I think the price of digital projectors has come down since the town bought the projector to loan it to the theater in 2010. But they still probably run around $40-$50,000. The longer the throw from the digital projector to the screen the more expensive a projector is because more power is needed to go for a longer throw to the screen. The size of the screen makes a difference as well

mdvoskin on June 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Clickable link to the new story Pete posted above, Click Here.

Since the town is pulling their digital projector out of the theatre, I think Ari is going to get a big surprise when he finds out how expensive they are to replace.

movieguy on June 18, 2016 at 11:50 am

Yes the town and the current operator of the theater will not continue their partnership that has gone on since 2003. However the current operator of the theater. Intends to do some classics movies but not with the same frequency as in the past. The theater of course will continue to show first-run movies and explore some other programming options. So while the news is a bit sad. First-run movies and other programming will continue at the theater.

PeterApruzzese on June 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

Potentially sad news for fans of the Lafayette:

“A six-year contract between the town of Ramapo and the Lafayette Theatre — which had the town loaning the venue a digital projector in exchange for the movie palace hosting a Saturday morning classic film series each fall and spring — is gone with the wind.

After the Lafayette’s owner and operator, Ari Benmosche, informed the town on June 8 that he did not want to extend the contract that had been signed with a previous operator of the theater, the Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday to remove the projector."

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 24, 2016 at 9:22 am

The Lafayette gave a perfect DCP presentation of Singin' in the Rain yesterday, and for only $3. I was especially impressed with the brightness of the image. Pete and Nelson would have been proud. Looking forward to their showing of Citizen Kane on June 4th.

movieguy on April 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

The wild and scenic film festival third annual wild and scenic film festival will be taking place this Wednesday April 20. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The program 7:30 PM to 10 PM. You can go to several local restaurants calling ahead of time and get takeout food and dining in at the theater starting at 6:30 PM. Tickets $18 it advavance $20 at the door

movieguy on April 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

The entire season will come from DCP. Looks very good just like a first run movie. Hope the attendance will be good the shows upcoming

PeterApruzzese on April 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Good to hear – glad they got things off to a good start this year.