Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Avenue,
Suffern, NY 10901

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movieguy on November 19, 2015 at 9:48 am

JACA Will program classic series and special events as well

movieguy on November 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

So who is “JACA ENTERTAINMENT” Town of Ramapo will NO LONGER book first run films or do Promotion for the theatre. I guess they wil program the classic Series as well as other events like BAMF film festival and Wild and scenic film fest

PeterApruzzese on November 19, 2015 at 9:40 am

“Operated by” needs to change to “JACA Entertainment” as of 11/20/2015 (also, Majestic Star – which no longer exists – hasn’t been the operator since 2013).

mdvoskin on September 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Yes. To have a film festival, you need to actually run film. The Lafayette runs all video these days. That is not to say that their classic movie series is not fun, but the magic of actual film is gone.

bolorkay on September 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm


Any thoughts yet on the 2015 Ramapo Saturday Film Festival?

PeterApruzzese on July 10, 2015 at 7:25 am

The print I ran of The Sand Pebbles at the Lafayette was a brand new one struck from a newly-done restoration. It was perfect with a wonderful stereo track and remains one of my favorite showings from the 10 years I spent there.

bolorkay on July 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Vidanpar, Yes, there is a roadshow edition of Sand Pebbles (196 min. from 1966, I believe.) Not sure if the edition I saw at the Lafayette was newly – struck or an original from 1966 but it certainly was an almost flawless presentation. Robert Wise at the height of his directorial skills.

vindanpar on July 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

A roadshow print of Sand Pebbles? I didn’t even know one existed. Do you know if this was newly struck or was it from the 60s?

bolorkay on July 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

Hi JeffS and (a belated) thank you for your attention to and clarification of my neglect in my not giving attention when attention is due to Pete Apruzzese for his program contributions during the “good old days” of “Big Screen Classics”. Certainly not intentional on my part. I just finished listening to excerpts from Elmer Bernstien’s score from “To Kill A Mockingbird” and this started me thinking about all of the great films that I saw for the first time on the big screen at the Lafayette. (The roadshow version of “The Sand Pebbles”, the Japanese version of the first “Godzilla” (Gojira), those great Harryhausen’s… to name a few) Here’s a thought for the Christmas holidays… how about bringing back the 1951 Alastair Sim “A Christmas Carol” or “The Bishop’s Wife” ?

markp on June 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

The Basie still has its 35MM connected, (last used 1/13/2015), but we do mostly DCP or Blu-ray as well.

mdvoskin on June 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Although the 35mm projectors are still in the booth at the Lafayette, they are no longer connected and all the 35mm sound equipment is no longer functional.

They currently run DCP for first run, and DCP when available for their classics, and Bluray when not.

markp on June 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Yes, mostly concerts. I wont know till a few days before if its 35 or DCP. I ran it there 3 years ago and it was 35mm. Now, not sure. Will keep you posted.

movieguy on June 6, 2015 at 4:09 am

Not a 35MM I am not 100% sure but believe it will be DCP.
Are you doing 35MM? Love to see it in 35
At your theatre. As there are mostly concerts at CB Theatre correct?

markp on June 6, 2015 at 2:41 am

Just curious, are you getting a print or DCP ? Im running it on June 24 at the Count Basie Theatre and trying to figure out what I mighy expect

movieguy on June 6, 2015 at 2:27 am

JAWS will screen Sat June 6. 40th anniversary of its release

movieguy on May 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

City lights with Charlie Chaplin to sign with classic will be playing at 11:30 AM on May 30 definitely want to come out to see this classic

movieguy on May 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Yes I surely miss those days. Journey to the center of the earth was a fantastic print.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2015 at 8:52 pm

And of course “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959) with a CinemaScope print from the 20th Century-Fox vault, a packed house, and the volume turned way up. There were many fantastic shows like that, come to think of it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

When I think back to the good old days, I think my favorite unusual choice at the Lafayette was “Becket” (1964). I don’t think that had been shown anywhere in 35mm for decades.

JeffS on May 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Bolorkay, While Nelson had a very big hand in how things ran at the Lafayette in the good old days, I think credit really needs to be given to Pete Apruzzese who did the programming and picked those more “unusual” titles. As you said, all I really see offered is TCM fare. Classics yes, but not unique.

Unique would be stop running “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Christmas every year and run something like “Christmas in Connecticut”.

bolorkay on May 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

Point well taken, Mdvoskin. Personally I still enjoy the great Lafayette theater. I always made it a point to set aside a couple of hours every Saturday over the past ten years or so to attend the Film Classics series at least seven or eight times each season… but the films seemed a bit more “unusual” then, not the usual “cable classics” fare. It seems that, to some degree Nelson’s absence is being sorely felt.

mdvoskin on May 23, 2015 at 7:20 am

I’ve stopped attending the Saturday morning film series when I found out that they no longer run film, and that many of these classic movie shows are not even 2K DCP’s, but rather consumer Bluray discs.

Movieguy, what would be helpful is if we were informed as to the format they are presenting the motion picture. While I will go out to see a 2K DCP presentation, I will never pay a theatre to see a consumer Bluray that I can watch at home.

movieguy on May 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Capote is The next film in the Saturday morning series of films. Definitely one worth coming out for. Taking place tomorrow doors open at 11 AM

movieguy on April 23, 2015 at 11:17 am

Everything went smoothly with the wild and scenic film festival and the dine in option. People were very respectful and neat and didn’t slobber all over the floors and drop a lot of food. Very good turnout of about 700 people.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

Dine-in movie theaters are becoming popular. I think there are one or two in NJ. I just hope the diners don’t mess up the beautiful Lafayette.