Pelham Picture House

175 Wolfs Lane,
Pelham, NY 10803

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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Pelham Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 914.738.3161

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Pelham Picture House

This 1920’s single screen 445-seat theatre was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service in 190 and they were still the operators in 1957. It has somehow made it all the way into the 2000’s showing first run movies. However, an 18-plex in neighboring New Rochelle opened in 1999 and plans were made to demolish the Pelham Picture House.

Fortunately a non-profit group Pelham Picture House Preservation Inc. was formed with the intent of purchasing the Picture House from its then current owner. The purchase for $1.15 million was closed in late-2004. It was converted into a regional non-profit film and education center. Seating capacity in the auditorium was reduced to 250 while plans for two smaller auditoriums were to be added in the rear consisting of 120 and 55 seats respectively for a total of 425. Classrooms, multi-purpose spaces, and a studio/editing room will also be added.

Besides showing art house films the group also stages historical events, workshops, photographic exhibits, children’s programs, and documentaries once the renovations are completed. A 16-seat auditorium was opened in 2013.

Contributed by Roger Katz

Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

movieguy on February 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

This theatre is a TRUE GEM! I have been attending movies here for over 10 years.The staff is very friendly and helpful. The popcorn HOT AND FRESH! The screen is LARGE the sound crisp and clar without being overly loud!

The Picture House has HEART and SOUL! IMO Why would you want to go anywhere else?!?!?

cblanc10708 on December 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

The management of The Picture House has announced that the theater will undergo renovations beginning in the Spring of 2010 and will be closed for appx 4 months. Cant wait to see what it will look like. New seats, carpeting, expanded lobby and much more..

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2011 at 6:11 am

Here is a story on the restoration and re-opening of the Pelham Picture House from WABC-TV Eyewitness News this morning.

cblanc10708 on June 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

I only wish more people would support the Picture House by attending more often. Everytime I go there whether its on a Saturady night or during the week. I only see a handful of people. The administration is doing their utmost by showing different films each week and the theater with the renovations is really a nice place to visit. Its too bad the community is so snobbish that they can’t even appreciate the place.

stang119 on April 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Description should be changed to “2 screens” as the 80 seater is open.

stang119 on April 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I need to correct myself. I actually visited the theatre today to see “Ginger and Rosa” in their smaller screening room. It is actually only 16 seats (not 80 as documented in other places). Surprisingly they are large comfortable seats with footrests. And all digital. I also poked my head into the larger auditorium and it’s lovely! I hadn’t been there in years but I will be going back.

cblanc10708 on July 9, 2016 at 7:10 pm

I attended a screening of The Secret Life of Pets tonight. The place was packed. I’m so happy to see this place thrive.

DavidWallick on January 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I saw a film here last night in the screening room. It features 14 very comfortable seats. I hadn’t been to this theater in 40 years — glad it is still here.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

A photo of the screening room would be appreciated.

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