About Us

The Bedford Playhouse is a former movie theater located in Bedford, New York which first opened its doors back in April 1947, and operated continuously in the village for close to seventy years.

In early 2015, the theater closed and a grass roots organization was formed under the leadership of Bedford resident John Farr with the goal of transforming it into a not-for-profit arts house cinema, cultural center, and community hub.

Since then, we’ve raised over $6 million, and started construction as of May, 2017. This represents just under three-quarters of the dollars needed to finish the renovation. We are continuing to make progress in the final round of our capital campaign.

The new Bedford Playhouse will be an exciting new resource for Bedford- a destination where Westchester and Connecticut residents gather for events, exhibits, film, music, or just good food and drink.

Three screens, all served by state of the art projection equipment, will present new independent, foreign, and documentary releases, as well as classics and family films. We will also host a speakers’ series including prominent authors and artists, music and spoken word performances, art exhibits, and more.

Also, a spacious café with a full bar will offer light, delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be a place where people can meet a friend for a drink or a meal and just hang out- even without seeing a movie!

All these glorious spaces will be available to rent for classes, meetings and other programs, as well as birthday parties and corporate events.

To sum it all up, there will be something for everyone at the new Playhouse!

Bedford Playhouse Sheets_4_The Playhouse Cafe

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5_Bedford Playhouse Sheets_Lower Level_5.25.17     3_Bedford Playhouse Sheets_Upper Level_5.25.17     Theater A revised

Theater B revised     Worby revised  


Bedford Playhouse, Inc. is led by a committed Board of Directors, and members of the local arts and professional community who serve on our Advisory Councils. The organization continues to be led by John Farr, founder of the Best Movies by Farr website and a co-founder of the not-for-profit Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut.

CHAIRMAN
Sarah Long*

FOUNDER AND BOARD PRESIDENT
John Farr*

VICE CHAIR AND TREASURER
Kim Speegle*

SECRETARY
Bill Jackson*

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joe Berlinger
Shaul Dover
Nick Firth*
Don Greenwald*
Bob Harris
Michael Karangelen
Rebecca Lainovic
Joe Lovering
Courtney McGinnis
Deborah Miller-Zabel
Stan Ponte
Paula Resnick
Tamiko Soros
David Worby

PROFESSIONAL
ADVISORY COUNCIL
Alison Bergen
Christine Biddle
Laura Blau
Jeff Cox
Nancy Dunst
Joni Evans
Olivia Farr
Valerie Garduno
Abby Gerry
Dan Ginnel
Cameron Goodyear
Coco Kanakis
Kate Lemkau
Melissa Roth Mendez
Robert Natale
Rabbi Jason Nevarez
Marlene Paltrow
Ira Resnick
Diana Rice
Lynn Ryan
Donna Satow
Stephanie Small
Vanessa Smith
Steven Stickler
Jordan and Brooke Vogel
Audrey Zinman

CULTURAL
ADVISORY COUNCIL
JC Chandor
Chevy and Jayni Chase
Glenn Close
Michael Hveem
Chazz and Gianna Palminteri
Paul and Cathy Shaffer
Chris Wedge

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Dan Friedman

* executive committee

John Farr is the President of Bedford Playhouse.
John is an online film curator, and promotes outstanding films via his website, bestmoviesbyfarr.com. The site currently holds over 2,600 hand picked movie recommendations, as well as weekly themed editorial, which he edits.

After Princeton, John began his career at Ogilvy Advertising, where he branded and sold everything from tissue paper to the “I Love New York” Campaign.

After close to twenty years in the business, John left to pursue what he’s always loved most: uncovering and celebrating the best of film, old and new.

In 2003, he helped re-launch the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Conn., a not-for-profit, restored landmark cinema, showing the best of independent, foreign and classic films.

There, he hosted events where he interviewed the likes of Robert Altman, Gene Wilder, Chevy Chase, Barry Levinson, Richard Gere, and Tim Robbins.

John maintains an active speaking schedule and has appeared on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post Live, and The Ron Reagan Show.

He and his wife Olivia raised their four children in Bedford Hills. They’ve lived here for 24 years, and cannot think of Bedford without the Playhouse as part of it.


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