BEDFORD, N.Y. -- For movie buffs in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, it's on to the final act for the newly-redesigned Bedford Playhouse.
The Playhouse' Board of Directors has announced that formal construction for the theater renovation will begin in early May of this year.
“We are very excited to get our shovels in the ground," said Sarah Long, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Many dedicated people have put in an enormous amount of time and effort to get us here. We've landed on a clearer path, with a more thoughtful design that is less expensive to build and will be more efficient to run."
The Bedford Playhouse will be a not-for-profit arts house cinema and cultural resource for Bedford and the surrounding communities. The facility will offer three state-of-the-art theaters. The large, 180 seat theater will be used for celebrity events and programming in addition to screenings, the smaller, 40 seat theater will host intimate events and screenings, and one flex-use theater space, The David Worby Theater, will feature removable furniture and host a range of public and private events, performances and exhibits.
"The design for the new Bedford Playhouse is meant to retain the iconic and beloved aspects of the existing theater, while infusing the building with the new and modern functionality it previously lacked," said Danielle Galland, one of the theater's designers. "Rentable event spaces, a cozy cafe, wine room and the incredible new theaters will bring Bedford -- and the surrounding communities -- amenities they've not had before.”
In addition to the theaters, the Playhouse will offer a café serving light meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to a full bar.
"This is a long-awaited move for us, the culmination of a lot of effort and teamwork over the past two and a half years," said John Farr, Board President and Founder. "It reflects our board's belief that enough support exists in the community to allow us to open the new Playhouse and thrive once we do. We are very excited to be moving ahead.”
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