Credit Rolling Stone film critic and Mamaroneck resident Peter Travers, a film advisory board member of the Picture House, with helping bring megawatt celebs to the southern reaches of the county. The 1920s theater is still a work in progress, but, 80 years later, Enter a group of concerned citizens, the architectural firm of Davis Brody Bond, The Picture House Regional Film Center is steadily building itself up into a state-of-the-art film and educational center.
Best of Westchester - Editors' Picks
Best Up-and-Coming Film Center (2007)
The stately Picture House in Pelham has been showing Silver Screen favorites since before the newfangletalkies made their way into cinemas. But, after more than 85 years, this jewel of a theater almost found itself behind the wrecking ball. Enter a group of concerned citizens and some southern Westchester film fans, and, poof!; a fine film theater star is reborn. The Picture House is steadily building itself up into a state-of-the-art film and educational center, and big-name stars like Richard Gere, Lasse Hallstroem, Isabella Rossellini, and Joseph Cross have already shown up at some events. If you haven't attended one of the lectures, panel discussions, or premieres, you owe yourself a visit, if just to see the New York State Register of Historic Places listed building alone.
Best Renovation (2012)
Since it’s started showing movies again, we’ve always enjoyed a trip to The Picture House in Pelham—but we love it even more now that the theater unveiled a renovation last summer. The seats are cushier. The sound improved. Historic windows were uncovered. It added cup-holders. It even upgraded the snacks in the concession stand. And, thankfully, the movies are still top-notch.
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