About Us

The Bedford Playhouse is a former movie theater located in Bedford, New York which first opened its doors back in April 1947.  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 cinema and community hub.  The new Bedford Playhouse will not only be a vibrant,  arts house cinema and cultural resource for Bedford  — but a place where our surrounding communities can gather for events, exhibits, film, music, food, drink and more!

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Three screens, all served by state of the art digital projection equipment, will present first-run features, art house films, classic movies, and family-friendly programming.  An ‘all day’ café, located on the first floor, will offer light fare to our clientele. The Playhouse’s mission is to be not just a movie theater, but also a community destination for social gatherings — offering educational programs related to film and the arts as well as a range of public and private events, performances, art exhibits and more!

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.

Sarah Long*

John Farr*

Kim Speegle*

Bill Jackson*

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

Christine Biddle
Laura Blau
Nancy Dunst
Joni Evans
Olivia Farr
Abby Gerry
Ali Ginnel Tejtel
Dan Ginnel
Cameron Goodyear
Coco Kanakis
Kate Lemkau
Melissa Roth Mendez
Rabbi Jason Nevarez
Marlene Paltrow
Lynn Ryan
Pamela Salvatore
Donna Satow
Stephanie Small
Vanessa Smith
Jordan Vogel
Audrey Zinman

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

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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