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Larchmont Playhouse Purchased by Film Lover, Billionaire Developer

A New York City developer, film lover, and Harrison resident, Charles S. Cohen, has purchased the Larchmont Playhouse and plans to transform the theater into an art house cinema.

The eighty-year-old theater, located on Palmer Avenue in the center of town, has been closed since September. ( See our previous coverage.)

The asking price as of April 2017 reportedly was $1.5 million.

Cohen’s companies, the Cohen Media Group, along with Cohen Brothers Realty, have a strong track record restoring other failing movie theaters including the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village and New York’s Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International. The company says it plans an 18-month renovation and redesign of the playhouse.

Joyce Newman
Joyce Newman
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.


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Palmer Davis
September 14, 2017 8:53 AM

OMG! Miracles happen. A game changer for Larchmont! ?

Valérie Del-Sol
September 12, 2017 12:37 PM

What a wonderful initiative and just what Larchmont needs: an art house cinema!
Very happy to hear this news!!

Sue Thomas
Sue Thomas
September 27, 2017 3:17 PM

What r details, plans?

Joyce Newman
Joyce Newman
September 27, 2017 7:55 PM
Reply to  Sue Thomas

I don’t have many details other than what I posted. The Daily Voice reported that Cohen “plans an 18-month renovation and redesign of the playhouse by early 2018.” But this didn’t seem make sense as early 2018 is not that far off, certainly not 18 months away. Perhaps it was a typo.
Also the Daily Voice published this quotation from Cohen, which I could not confirm.
“The audiences for independent and classic films are underserved here in New York and largely throughout the country due to the steady decline in the number of screens as well as the aging infrastructure of the theaters that serve serious cinema lovers,” he said.

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