Pelham Picture House

175 Wolfs Lane,
Pelham, NY 10803

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Pelham Picture House

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This 1920’s single screen 445-seat theatre has somehow made it all the way into the 2000’s showing first run movies. However, an 18-plex in neighboring New Rochelle opened in 1999 and plans were made to demolish the Pelham Picture House.

Fortunately a non-profit group Pelham Picture House Preservation Inc. was formed with the intent of purchasing the Picture House from its then current owner. The purchase for $1.15 million was closed in late-2004. It was converted into a regional non-profit film and education center. Seating capacity in the auditorium was reduced to 250 while plans for two smaller auditoriums were to be added in the rear consisting of 120 and 55 seats respectively for a total of 425. Classrooms, multi-purpose spaces, and a studio/editing room will also be added.

Besides showing art house films the group also stages historical events, workshops, photographic exhibits, children’s programs, and documentaries once the renovations are completed. A 16-seat auditorium was opened in 2013.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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BX11211 on June 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm


cblanc10708 on July 7, 2008 at 11:27 am

I visit the Picture House whenever I can.. The people who work there as well as the patrons are of the caliber that makes you want to go there, rather than listen to the tasteless banter of the types that frequent the more bustling multiplexes. The days of the neighborhood movie house are gone and the Pelham Picture House is one of the last of the remaining single screens in New York. I hope they are able to achieve their goal and renovate this place into a cultural film facility.. Money is tight right now..

movieguy on February 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

This theatre is a TRUE GEM! I have been attending movies here for over 10 years.The staff is very friendly and helpful. The popcorn HOT AND FRESH! The screen is LARGE the sound crisp and clar without being overly loud!

The Picture House has HEART and SOUL! IMO Why would you want to go anywhere else?!?!?

cblanc10708 on December 8, 2009 at 11:05 am

The management of The Picture House has announced that the theater will undergo renovations beginning in the Spring of 2010 and will be closed for appx 4 months. Cant wait to see what it will look like. New seats, carpeting, expanded lobby and much more..

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

Here is a story on the restoration and re-opening of the Pelham Picture House from WABC-TV Eyewitness News this morning.

cblanc10708 on June 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

I only wish more people would support the Picture House by attending more often. Everytime I go there whether its on a Saturady night or during the week. I only see a handful of people. The administration is doing their utmost by showing different films each week and the theater with the renovations is really a nice place to visit. Its too bad the community is so snobbish that they can’t even appreciate the place.

stang119 on April 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Description should be changed to “2 screens” as the 80 seater is open.

stang119 on April 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I need to correct myself. I actually visited the theatre today to see “Ginger and Rosa” in their smaller screening room. It is actually only 16 seats (not 80 as documented in other places). Surprisingly they are large comfortable seats with footrests. And all digital. I also poked my head into the larger auditorium and it’s lovely! I hadn’t been there in years but I will be going back.

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