Pelham Picture House

175 Wolfs Lane,
Pelham, NY 10803

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

A photo of the screening room would be appreciated.

DavidWallick on January 22, 2017 at 3:06 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.

cblanc10708 on July 9, 2016 at 9:10 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.

stang119 on April 21, 2013 at 4:48 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.

stang119 on April 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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

cblanc10708 on June 29, 2011 at 9:18 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2011 at 8:11 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 December 8, 2009 at 10:05 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..

movieguy on February 25, 2009 at 10:41 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 July 7, 2008 at 10:27 am

I visit the Picture House whenever I can.. The people who work there as well as the patrons are of the caliber that makes you want to go there, rather than listen to the tasteless banter of the types that frequent the more bustling multiplexes. The days of the neighborhood movie house are gone and the Pelham Picture House is one of the last of the remaining single screens in New York. I hope they are able to achieve their goal and renovate this place into a cultural film facility.. Money is tight right now..

BX11211 on June 6, 2008 at 1:21 pm


ChuckNet on September 24, 2007 at 12:41 am

I work up in New Rochelle and just happened to drive by the PPH one night…looks like a nice little theater, and after reading about its history, may have to check it out sometime!

Jeffrey1955 on October 16, 2006 at 5:44 am

Isabella Rossellini shows film at Pelham film fest

(Original publication: October 15, 2006)

PELHAM – Isabella Rossellini spoke about the importance of independent film last night before screening her own short film at the Italian film festival hosted by Pelham Picture House last night.

“There’s very little money that goes into films for the purpose of making art,” said the Italian model and actress, while sitting in the crowd. “I feel we need more examples of cinema as culture rather than cinema as commerce.”

Rossellini was the special guest at the sixth annual Italian Film Festival. The sold-out event has in the past been hosted at venues throughout the county, promoting Italian culture and recognizing the contributions Italians have made in the film industry.

Last night, Rossellini introduced “My Father is 100 Years Old,” a short film honoring her late father, director Roberto Rossellini, in observance of the centenary of his birth. The film is a witty representation of her father and his belief in cinema as a moral art. Rossellini plays nearly every role in the film including Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock and her mother, Ingrid Bergman. Her father appears in the film as an oversized belly.

The night also included a screening of Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film “The Flower’s of St. Francis” – about the life of St. Francis of Assisi – a film not typically shown at many big-screen venues.

“There aren’t too many events like this in Westchester,” said Steve DiNardo, 24, of Eastchester, who attended the event with his mother, Nancy. “I’ve always had an interest in film and a passion for my culture, so it was a no-brainer to come to this thing tonight.”

DiNardo is among the audience the Pelham Picture House hopes to attract. The historic movie theater, run by a nonprofit group, has opened the venue as The Picture House Regional Film Center. The group, which raised funds just in time to save the structure from demolition, plans to renovate it into a state-of-the-art film center to show independent, arthouse and foreign films in the lower Westchester market.

Lea Emery, executive director of the film center, says this event is just a taste of what’s to come.

“What we’re doing here tonight is bringing people to the theater who might not otherwise come and establishing the programming for the future,” Emery said.

The renovation plans include art deco details and the latest projection and sound technology to host a variety of film festivals in the future. On Thursday night, the Picture House will host the premiere screening of “Running With Scissors” with special guest Joseph Cross, a Pelham resident and the young lead in the film.

For now, the annual Italian film festival has signed on.

“We believe we’ve found a home here at the Picture House. In the past, we’ve been a lot like our Italian immigrant ancestors wandering throughout the county searching for a place to show our films,” said John Calvelli, chairman of the Italian Film Festival, which was started by County Executive Andy Spano. “Who better than Isabella Rossellini to inaugurate our presence here?”

Copyright 2006 The Journal News, a Gannett Co. Inc. newspaper serving Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties in New York.

MSPT on July 22, 2006 at 10:56 pm

I grew up in Pelham, and I loved the Picture House. Spent a lot of summer afternoons and nights in the late 70s and early 80s there. I left for college in 1983, and miss it a lot. One fun bit of information: My parents worked with a local community theatre company that produced a show called “The Apple Tree” in the late 70s. One of the sequences involves a mousy washer woman who receives her wish to become a Marilyn Monroe-like film superstar. My dad videotaped a sequence utilized in the show where the actress playing the role came out of the Pelham Picture House in a slinky outfit while her adorning fans swamped her as though this was a giant Hollywood opening, though the local audience knew immediately where it had been filmed. He even highlighted the semi-circular name of the theatre above the entrance (with the permission of the owner at the time). I’m trying to find if the videotape still exists and see if there’s any way to digitize it for posting on this site. It’s a hoot.

ralphybee on February 24, 2006 at 6:58 pm

Does the theater still have 2 for one on tuesday’s?????It was a great date theater… quiet and cheap with tons of flavor.last picture seen there was The Last of the Mohicans.Great to see that it will survive.

Jeffrey1955 on January 25, 2006 at 12:39 pm

I’ve just discovered that the WNBC report video is available on their website. Go to and scroll down to “Must See Video” at the bottom of the page. Look for the thumbnail of a theater marquee showing “Walk The Line” — if you scroll over it, it will say “The last single screen movie theater in Westchester County may be getting a makeover.” Not sure how long they keep these videos up.

Jeffrey1955 on January 25, 2006 at 12:32 pm

I posted a summary of a story from The Journal News about Matt Dillon and the benefit for the Pelham Picture House under Theater News. The original article can be found here: View link

There was also a feature story about the theater and the benefit on WNBC-4 news yesterday.

MovieMaven on January 25, 2006 at 2:21 am

There are interesting photographs of 1920s original parts of the theater and a brief history about it here: View link

movieguy on December 11, 2005 at 8:16 am

The Pelham Picture House is under new managment/ownership.They have
cleaned up the interior(steam cleaned the rugs) gotten a new candy stand.THey have also gotten new lenses for the projectors and will be instslling a new DTS sound system.

It is a WONDERFULL theathre in a very nice downtown,dont pass up the chance
so see a movie there.The admissioin is only $7.75!

The are now showing Harry Potter IV and will be showing Narnia starting oin
Dec 16th

movieguy on December 11, 2005 at 8:15 am

The Pelham Picture House is under new managment/ownership.They have
cleaned up the interior(steam cleaned the rugs) gotten a new candy stand.THey have also gotten new lenses for the projectors and will be instslling a new DTS sound system.

It is a WONDERFULL theathre in a very nice downtown,dont pass up the chance
so see a movie there.The admissioin is only $7.75!

The are now shpwing Harry MOtter IV and will be showing Narniaa starting oin
Dec 16th

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 6, 2004 at 6:39 pm

Err, typo…“laos” should be “also”