Jacob Burns Film Center

364 Manville Road,
Pleasantville, NY 10570

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Architects: Oscar Vatet

Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Mission Revival

Previous Names: Rome Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 914.747.5555

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Jacob Burns Film Center

The old Rome Theater has reopened on June 22, 2001 as the Jacob Burns Film Center after local resident Steve Apkon led a $5 million drive to reopen the theater as a home for independent, foreign, and classic films in this sleepy Westchester town.

The recent renovations have now yielded a three-screen treasure, which has reduced the original auditorium size, which once seated 459 to a roomy 260 seats. Two additional auditoriums, seating 145 and 70 respectively, have also been added. Plans also call for a café and film library to be constructed on the second floor, in the near future, as well as a television studio which will be built next door. By 201 it had added two more screens.

The historic Rome Theater was originally built in 1925. It was twinned in 1983 and closed as a movie theatre until 1987. The theater is best known for its classic Spanish Mission façade.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 11:20 pm

1968 when it was known as the Rome
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mhvbear on July 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I was at this theater for the first time to see ‘Mr. Holmes’ on Screen 2. The theater has been expanded and 2 additions screens have been open on the 3rd floor. New Construction. Screen 1 is in the original theater and Screen 2 & 3 are new construction as well.

David_Schneider on April 16, 2019 at 5:37 pm

New York Times article from April 15th, 2019 about a young celluloid projectionist who was trained and is working at the Jacob Burns Film Center, digital vs. film, and the current state of the occupation:

“How a Movie Projectionist Keeps the Dying Art of Celluloid Alive”

ridethectrain on September 18, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Please update 528 seats and 5 screens.

ridethectrain on March 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

Please update, Jacob Burns Film Center opened June 22, 2001

ridethectrain on March 10, 2021 at 7:31 pm

Please nupdate in description, when it was the Rome Theatre, it became a twin in 1983 before it closed in 1987. They showed first run films until it closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 22, 2023 at 9:45 am

The September 26, 1925 issue of Motion Picture News published a line drawing of the proposed Rome Theatre at Pleasantville, drawn by the architect, Oscar Vatet. A copy of this drawing was uploaded to the theater’s photo page in 2018.

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