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Celebrating with The Picture House Community

by Laura deBuys

There are few certainties in life, but one certainty at The Picture House Regional Film Center is that we are powered by community. Both theaters – The Picture House Pelham and The Picture House Bronxville – are important fixtures in their respective villages and also throughout southern Westchester.

Granted, we’ve only been in operation at Bronxville since February – but it is a delight to see audiences availing themselves of Picture House programming in both locations. A recent special event in Bronxville – In Balanchine’s Classroom – brought film and dance lovers from across the county to Bronxville on a Sunday afternoon. The following week, an audience of dog lovers from far and wide gathered in Pelham for the dog rescue movie Free Puppies! And it’s not just for special screenings – the community comes together each day at our theaters and in our classrooms.

That’s something to celebrate! So this fall there are two parties; one has already passed, and one is coming up — and each are a little different. On September 10, at a sold-out Picnic in the Park, we welcomed a crowd of over 300, including County Executive George Latimer, CEO of ArtsWestchester Janet Langsam, and County Legislator Terry Clements, to watch See How They Run, followed by dining and dancing under the festive tent across the street.

Picnic was what we call a friend-raiser and we were glad to see many first time attendees at the event. On October 14, the community will gather for Party on Kraft at The Bronxville Theater. There will be food, fun, and film — and a tent — but this one is a fund-raiser.

Nonprofit theaters like The Picture House Regional Film Center earn about 50% of their revenues through tickets sales, concessions, rentals, etc. but need to raise the rest through the generosity of our donors because, after sending up to 65% of ticket revenues back to the film studios, there is little left over for our mission-driven community-focused programming.

That’s why we know, with certainty, that we are powered by community!

Please consider helping us by completing this national audience survey so we know what you, our community, value and want to see in our theaters… and consider coming to Party on Kraft to gather, celebrate, and support The Picture House!  (NOTE: The fundraising will be done ahead of time through ticket sales and sponsorships, so this really will be fun!)

As always, thank you so much for keeping the screens lit and the popcorn popping!