Larchmont’s movie theater remains dark after five years and there are no coming attractions on the horizon. The historic Larchmont Playhouse was purchased in September 2017 by NYC developer Cohen Brothers Realty, with a plan to modernize the theater into a four screen arthouse cinema.
Although a company spokesperson says the property will “absolutely” be developed, there is no targeted opening date or indication that construction will even start this year.
It took theLoop over nine months to get a response from the developer.
David Fogel, Senior Vice President at Cohen Brothers would not offer any reason for the lack of any development at the theater site for the last three years but said “from our perspective we’re moving ahead…We’re terribly optimistic that we’ll have a theater for everyone to go to in Larchmont sometime in the near future.”
Architectural plans are on file with the Village Buildings Department, and it was reported that interior demolition permits were issued last year. On one of the theater’s front marquees, where vivid movie posters once teased the current and upcoming features, is taped a structural permit from 2018.
Fogel blames the pandemic for lack of attention to the project, but when asked why work was done in 2018 and 2019 he answered “We’re forward looking and hoping to have something terrific for the city.”
“The mayor has been terrific, the city has been terrific and we very much want to satisfy the needs the the community has for high quality film and Larchmont deserves it,” Fogel said. (Fogel seems to be unaware Larchmont is a village, not a city.)
For now, the smell of theater popcorn and anticipation of watching a blockbuster as the lights dim and escaping into another world of drama or comedy at the Larchmont Playhouse… remains on hold.
Debra Quintana has been reporting for The Loop for several years. After living in Larchmont for 20 years she and her husband moved to Mamaroneck 3 years ago. Debra was a television news reporter in Texas, Florida, Colorado before moving to New York where she worked at WPIX-TV and WCBS-TV. She currently serves as the manager of The Golden Shoestring in Larchmont.