Playing for the Playhouse

Bedford, NYAugust 26, 2016

On Friday, August 26, Bedford Playhouse held a star-studded benefit show at the Harvey School called Playing for the Playhouse . Directed by Playhouse Board Chair Sarah Long and hosted by president John Farr, guests were treated to the varied talents of an incredible group of performers, including Glenn Close, Paul Shaffer, Mrs. Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Klein, Marissa McGowan, Chazz Palminteri, and Jeffrey Tambor. “It was an unforgettable evening”, said Farr.

The Bedford Playhouse is an historic cinema located in Bedford, New York which first opened its doors back in 1947. In early 2015, the theater closed and a grass roots organization was formed under the leadership of Bedford-based film curator John Farr. The goal was to transform the theater into a not-for-profit arts house cinema, cultural center and community hub, serving local residents and our neighbors in places like Greenwich and New Canaan.

Plans call for three state-of-the-art theaters to feature new independent films, documentaries, classics, speakers’ series, small musical/theatrical performances, and educational programs.  There will also be an intimate cafe serving delicious light fare at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

 The Bedford Playhouse will become a true cultural and social destination. But more funds are needed to make it a reality. We’ve raised nearly 3.8 million to-date, but need $1.5 million more to start construction in late November. We feel confident that area residents and businesses will step up now to help us close the gap. The Playhouse represents a solid investment in our community and quality of life. It’s an opportunity we must seize now.


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