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The Second Century of The Picture House

by Laura deBuys

Nearly 300 people gathered at the Glen Island Harbour Club on March 11 for the final event in a year of centennial celebrations for The Picture House Regional Film Center. We knew at the outset that we’d be celebrating the 100th birthday of The Picture House in Pelham… little did we know that our final event would celebrate two 1920s era theaters entering their second century. (The Picture House Pelham was built in 1921; The Picture House Bronxville in 1926.)

Our Centennial Sponsors, honorees, and guests deserve much praise! You’ll find more details of the Centennial Celebration here.

But now it’s time to turn our focus to the road ahead — to our vision for our second century:

In its second century, TPH will evolve into a cultural center of excellence — a safe, welcoming space for creativity, curiosity, and can’t-miss-moments. We will build connections between artists and audiences. Embracing film and the arts’ dynamic future, we’ll welcome ever more thoughtful audiences, building community through community. With the best movies, talks, classes, concerts, and workshops for all ages, TPH will deepen the discourse, raise new voices, and broaden horizons for generations to come.

It’s a demanding vision — but an exciting one — and it is just what our wonderful audiences and supporters deserve. At this moment, we are still navigating the impact of the pandemic, but we feel it’s the right time to be a little bold in building The Picture House of the future. Reopening two theaters is a big step, but it’s just the first one! Soon, you’ll see a new festival, non-film programming, improvements to our welcoming spaces, and more.

We hope you’ll come along with us on this journey — your guidance and support will, as ever, make it all possible!