Historic Mamaroneck Theatre Shuttered
22 Apr, 2014
By Polly Kreisman
The old Mamaroneck Playhouse on Mamaroneck Avenue, rumored to soon be demolished to build condos, has closed for good.
“Yes, sadly, it’s now closed,” says Carol Akin, a resident who has been active in local preservation efforts. “The last movie started at 9:20 pm Sunday night. But a bunch of us are determined to stop the demolition, and to try to find either a donor who could buy it from Bow Tie Cinema, or we could work out a compromise, to keep the theater and build apartments on top.”
According to Suzanne Clary, President of the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, the structure is not on an Historic Registry. (Correction from earlier edition:) The theatre was erected in 1925.
Mamaroneck Village Trustee Andres Hallstrom summarized the result of various meeting with representatives from Bow Tie in an earlier post.
“We’ve lost so much history in recent years, including the oldest building in Mamaroneck, the 1790 Gedney Farm House two years ago, which we shouldn’t have lost, and we’re in danger of losing the next oldest 1792 DeLancey-Cooper House, if a developer buys it, said Akin. We just can’t lose any more significant history, and the Movie Theater is a central and significant part of Mamaroneck.”