Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Avenue,
Suffern, NY 10901

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movieguy on March 14, 2014 at 3:35 am

Here IS the Spring 2014 schedule of Saturday morning classics:

April 26th- The Hustler (1961) – starring Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason

May 3rd- The French Connection (1971) – starring Gene Hackman & Roy Schneider

May 10th- Laura (1944) – starring Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews

May 17th- City Lights (1931) – starring Charlie Chaplin with live organ accompaniment

May 24th- The Seven Year Itch (1955) – starring Marilyn Monroe & Tom Ewe

May 31st- Little Shop Of Horrors (1986) – starring Rick Moranis & Steve Martin

June 7th- Rebel Without A Cause (1955) – starring James Dean, Natalie Wood & Sal Mineo

June 14th- Oklahoma (1955) – starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones & Gloria Grahame

The May 17th show of City Lights. Will be a tribute to Jeffery Barker. He was the long time organist at the Lafayette. Who died in Dec 2013

Great line up this spring. So come on OUT not only for the classics. But the first run films as well!

movieguy on March 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

The 90th Anniversary Celebration at The Lafayette Theatre went extremely well. I got online at 11:25am. 95 minutes before the doors were to open. By 12:30pm there were about 500 people lined up. The doors to the theatre opened at 12:40. By 1:50pm 250-300 people were turned away because of such a HUGE turnout. Wizard Of Oz looked GREAT in 3D in the TRUE Silver Screen. There will be 2 more events. One in the spring. One in the fall. During the 90th year. Admission will be $.25.Details to come.

movieguy on February 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

Tomorrow Thursday 27th. Will be the last screening of Robo-Cop. Starting Friday and running for ONE WEEK only. Will be the Sing Along version of the hit film Frozen.

movieguy on February 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

Last nights(Tue 25th) BAMF Mountain Film Fest was SOLD OUT! IT was a great show with a very good selection of 8 films.Great door and raffle prizes. Many free shirts were thrown out into the crowd. Both in the orchestra and Balcony.

There are as of 10:45am this morning. 57 Tickets left for tonight’s show.Then can be purchased at Ramsey Outdoor on Rt 17.Any remaining tickets will be sold at the box office of the theatre. Doors open at 6:00pm tonight

movieguy on February 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

Feb 25 Tue and the 26th Wed. Will be a 2 night run of the BAMF Mountain Film Fest. Tickets are $19.00 and can be purchased at Ramsey Outdoor. As of today there is a good supply of tickets for both nights.

movieguy on February 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

March 3rd 1924 is the actual date and day the Lafayette Theatre opened for business. March 2nd Sunday. Will be the OFFICIAL 90th Anniversary celebration!

A historian will talk about Suffern in 1924 and show slides.A portion of the first film ever shown at The Lafayette will be screened. Who’s On First. The famous A&C Baseball routine will be preformed live on stage.

Then the 75th Anniversary Wizard Of Oz, will be shown in 3D! This 3D conversion, just looks AMAZING!

Price of admission. Just $.25 just like it was in 1924!

NO ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD! Doors open at 1:00pm!

Get there EARLY as it is sure to be a SOLD OUT SHOW!

Oh a new Silver screen was installed in Dec 2013. It looks FANTASTIC!

movieguy on February 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sad news about Jeff. Thee will be a tribute to him. When the Classics start in mid April. No firm date yet. No titles of the films. They will again be in DCP.

bolorkay on February 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

I know it’s way too early but, any thoughts as to what the Spring (weekend) Film Festival might bring ? Cabin feaver strikes again! R.I.P. Mr. Barker.

ChasSmith on January 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I didn’t know him, myself, but this is a shock nonetheless. Always appreciated his playing. Thank you, Peter — and for the links, as well.

PeterApruzzese on January 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

RIP Jeff Barker, friend and organist at the Lafayette Theatre from 2002 to 2013. Jeff passed away on December 31, 2013.

More info on Jeff and his career here:

And a brief clip of Jeff speaking and playing from a few years ago:

bolorkay on January 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm


Any news/thoughts on the up-coming Classic Film Weekends at the Lafayette?

bolorkay on December 24, 2013 at 6:24 am

Happy and Healthy Holiday wishes to everyone at the Lafayette family.

Looking forward to many film classics in 2014.

RHETT52 on November 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

The DCP presentation of THE GODFATHER was outstanding. Hope the good run continues

bolorkay on October 10, 2013 at 4:16 am

Hello, Is there any chance for some type of incarnation of the “Horror-Thon” this year?

Rstewart on September 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I think some are missing the obvious here; it would be nice if they had 35mm print, but at least they still have the beauty of the Lafayette to offer. It will still be better than seeing The Godfather in digital at some 100 seat sticky floor, crackerbox multiplex or at home.

markp on September 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

You are so right Peter. We just got our Christie Digital installed at the Basie 2 weeks ago. They also got a nice new Blu-ray player up there too. So you know that everything now will be either DCP or Blu-ray. Very sad indeed.

PeterApruzzese on September 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

If I had to guess – and I am guessing – more than likely they asked Paramount Pictures for their top-grossing “classic” titles that are on DCP instead of 35mm. The majority of their audience isn’t concerned with the presentation format, as sad as that might be.

hotwaterbottle on September 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Well, I guess you would be the one to know then. Nice plug for Loews too, Mitch.

mdvoskin on September 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

Paramount definitely has 35mm titles available, as ongoing screenings at The Landmark Loews Jersey, The Film Forum, and The Museum Of The Moving Image will attest.

hotwaterbottle on September 16, 2013 at 11:29 am

Bolorkay, the entire series will be shown on video because that’s all Paramount has available. All the titles are now handled thru Paramount with no 35mm available. Welcome to the new reality. Wake up!

bolorkay on September 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

I’m hoping and praying that the video only possibilities for the up-coming season don’t entirely pan out. (Any thoughts from the new folks who are currently running the Lafayette?) It seems to me that there still might be “some” 35mm prints still available (perhaps not as many as in the past.)for exhibition. Case in point….. that beautiful print of Welles' “The Stranger” that was shown last season at the Lafayette. Seeing it in 35mm gave me a whole new perspective on a film that I have never cared for when shown strictly on TCM. Here’s hoping that 35mm can still be a viable medium at the Lafayette.

mdvoskin on September 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Unfortunately, it is my understanding that this fall’s entire series at the Lafayette is going to presented on video. I guess this leaves The Landmark Loews Jersey as the last venue in the area west of the Hudson still running classic films in 35mm. Nelson and Pete will be missed.

bolorkay on September 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

Very happy to see that Classic Films still have a place at the Lafayette. Quite a nice and varied line-up. (Fellini, anyone?) I’m hoping that the “Horror-Thon” will make a return, as well. (Can’t remember the last time I saw “Dracula’s Daughter” and “House of Frankenstein” on a local big screen. Except, of course at the Lafayette.)

HowardBHaas on August 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

Email today- (shortened a bit) Our good friend and theater impresario Nelson Page has retired, and is no longer operating the Lafayette Theater. The Town of Ramapo and the Benmosche Family are currently handling film bookings and all theater operations.

I am proud to announce that the Town of Ramapo Fall Film Festival 2013 (formally the Big Screen Classics) will begin on Saturday, October 19, 2013 with a special screening of The Godfather starring Marlon Brando. Jeff Barker, the Lafayette Theater Organist, will once again provide us with pre-film musical entertainment playing the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All films will begin at 11:30 AM and the pre-show Concert at 11:00 AM. Ramapo senior citizens free admission (with card), all other tickets will be $8.00.

Ramapo Fall Film Festival 2013 will feature the following Paramount Studio titles:

October 19th The Godfather (1972) October 26th Grease (1978) November 2nd La Dolce Vita (1960)
November 9th Stalag 17 (1953) November 16th Sunset Boulevard (1950) November 23rd Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) – November 30th Dream Girls (2006) December 7th High Noon (1952) December 14th It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – James Stewart, Donna Reed

PeterApruzzese on August 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

We had a couple of years where we would break even over the course of the season with the classics, but mostly because of It’s a Wonderful Life or Wizard of Oz. The past several years saw a declining paying audience at the shows. And the special weekend events like the Horror-Thon were never money makers at all for us.