Bedford Playhouse

643 Old Post Road,
Bedford, NY 10506

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The Bedford Playhouse was opened in 1947 by the defunct Metropolitan Playhouses Chain, which had several theatres throughout the NY-NJ-CT area (most of which are still open!). The lobby is all original, except for the addition of a concession stand.

The auditorium was split into two in the 1980’s, and each side still has a portion of the balcony open to sit in. The balcony is at ground level, and guests must walk downstairs to gain access to the orchestra section. There are still some original decorative touches in the auditorium, and the small stage survives behind the screens.

It was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas in June 2013.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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joemasher
joemasher on March 14, 2004 at 6:18 pm

The Architects were John and Drew Eberson, and the theatre opened in 1947, not 1948 as I noted above.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 3, 2005 at 7:38 pm

One of the rare instances when I can associate seeing a particular film with a particular theater…pretty sure I saw the original “Airplane!” here.

DavidWallick
DavidWallick on December 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Bow-Tie took this theater over fro Clearview in 2013. They plan to not renew their lease at the end of 2014 (Bow Tie has already done this to the Mamaroneck Playhouse in Mamaroneck, NY and the American Theater in the Bronx). There is a grassroots effort to make this a non-profit theater, rather than retail space, which is the most likely reuse. This is the link to the group that is spearheading the drive to make this a non-profit:

http://www.friendsofbedfordplayhouse.org

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