Rivertown Film is taking its act on the road when it launches its Wednesday Night at the Movies series at the landmark Suffern Lafayette Theatre (97 Lafayette Street) beginning with a kick-off celebration on Wednesday, November 4th with music played on the theatre’s vintage Wurlitzer and door prizes.
The 1,000-seat, 1924 beaux-arts theatre is the last of its kind in Rockland County, and stepping through the doors is a trip back to an era when movie houses showed one film at a time and admission was $.25. The sense of anachronism is sure to be heightened for Rivertown’s audiences as they watch very topical, timely films such as “In the Loop”, which opens the Rivertown-Lafayette series next month. The November-December program includes a potpourri of current, documentary, and foreign films, including “Cheri”, “Il Divo”, “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” and “Taking Woodstock”.
The Lafayette is one of only a handful of movie palaces in this country that are still in operation. It is a world-class theater showing first run films, it has one of the few classic film series and retrospective programs in the entire New York area, and now Rivertown Film is adding new contemporary independent and foreign films as well. “This beautiful theater is a great resource for the region, and Rivertown Film is thrilled to participate in it. Suffern has it all: a real downtown, an awesome theater serving every taste, lots of parking, train service, and even a river,” Matthew Seig, Rivertown’s Executive Director said.
All screenings begin at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Tickets sold at the door and are $9/General admission, $7/Students, Seniors, and General Members, and $6/Student & Senior Members. For more information about Rivertown at the Lafayette, please call (845) 353-2568 or log onto www.rivertownfilm.org
Rivertown Film was founded in 2001, and is a non-profit organization whose sponsors include Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Maria Luisa Boutique, and The Hook. Their mission is to bring independent, foreign, documentary and classic films that aren’t available at the local multi-plexes to Rockland County. Their Creative Advisory Board includes Rockland residents Jonathan Demme, Ellen Kuras, Ellen Burstyn and Bill Irwin.
So join Rivertown as it looks towards the future, in an architectural gem, with old friends and new.