Independent Film Center expands in Bronxville
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 2:14 PM
Last update: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 2:22 PM
Posted: Wednesday December 22 2021 2:14 PM
Attention moviegoers: exciting news announced regarding the Pelham Picture House expansion in Bronxville
While venues for watching independent films and documentaries seemed to be disappearing, there is good news for south Westchester moviegoers. The Pelham Picture House, now called The Picture House Regional Film Center (www.thepicturehouse.org) will expand its operations in Bronxville, NY, expanding its film and education programs to the historic Kraft Avenue Cinema which is owned and previously operated by Bow tie cinemas.
The announcement of its growth in Bronxville comes as the film center continues the centennial celebration of its iconic Pelham Theater throughout the year. The Bronxville expansion will add three screens – and another theater from the 1920s – to the regional film center, allowing for an even wider and more varied lineup of new, independent, foreign and documentary films.
The addition of the Bronxville Theater will also increase audiences and strengthen The Picture House’s impact in the region through amplified access to the best available cinema, conversations, arts education and live performances.
Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin said, “When we learned that the Bronxville Cinema was in danger of not reopening after the pandemic, we immediately appealed to the community for a creative solution to keep the cinema alive. We then heard that the Picture House Regional Film Center might be a possibility and we were absolutely thrilled. The way The Picture House brings communities together around filmmaking and cultural discourse is exactly what we were hoping for in Bronxville. We have no doubt that having a Picture House location here in Bronxville will not only strengthen our community culturally, but will also help attract more people to eat, shop and visit our downtown area.
The President and CEO of The Picture House, Laura deBuys added: “Our non-profit organization was established in 2003 when the Pelham Theater was due to be demolished. It seems so fitting that with the expansion in Bronxville, we can save another theater from the 1920s and continue our mission at the same time. We will expand Picture House’s programming to the Kraft Avenue site, showcasing a wide range of films while entertaining, educating and building community around a shared love for art.
“We are very grateful to Bow Tie,” added deBuys. “We worked together for over six months to figure out how to make this work for Bronxville and for Westchester. “
Ben Moss, CEO of Bow Tie, added, “As a four-generation family business, understanding the importance of theaters to local communities, we wanted as much as anyone to find a way to keep movies alive in Bronxville. Given our belief in the value The Picture House provides to the communities it serves and overwhelming community support, we are confident in the success of a nonprofit cinema model in Bronxville and are delighted to help. what that happens.
“It’s incredibly exciting to have this opportunity to broaden our impact and bring film and educational programming that is even more unique to Westchester,” said TPH Board Chair Katy Loria. “We will reopen the cinema at the beginning of February 2022. See you at the cinema!