At a gala event and film screening Thursday October 20, LMC Media paid tribute to the history of film making in Mamaroneck inside the newly renovated Mamaroneck Cinemas. The theme of the event, and the film itself were “Hollywood on the Sound.”
LMC Executive Director Matt Sullivan, who created the film, says, “The Sound Shore area is rich in filmmaking history. (The film) chronicles the history of filmmaking in this community.” Featured in the film are notable figures who got their cinematic starts in Larchmont and Mamaroneck.
For example, legendary film director D.W. Griffith, whose studio ran on Flagler Drive in Mamaroneck, came to the village in about 1920 and eventually employed hundreds of local residents. The Fire Dept., for example, was used to spray water to simulate storms in one film.
Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford also worked here and had summer homes in Larchmont, according to the film. The film also features current local residents and members of the Mamaroneck High School and Rye Neck High School communities, past and present, illustrating how the tradition of the study of filmmaking carries on today.
The Mamaroneck Playhouse, where the film was shown, originally opened as a single-screen balcony theater in 1925. In 2014, the theater closed. After extensive renovations, including the re-creation of a beautiful single screen theater and a few smaller ones, it re-opened in June of this year.
“We are hosting the Gala at the theater at no charge to honor Jeff Meighan and all the hard and important work LMC Media does for the community,” said Elgart, the theater’s owner.
Meighan, a co-founder of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance, and who has held Board leadership in the local Rotary, Bar Association, and Mamaroneck Public Library, has been on the Board of LMC Media for 8 years and has served as president since 2015.
LMC Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, receives most of its funding through cable franchise fees. These fees have been declining due to residents’ use of alternative television and streaming services. The Gala hoped to raise funds to replace these reduced fees.
About LMC Media
LMC fosters relationships and strengthens the social fabric of our community by sharing the talents, the experiences, and the creative output of friends and neighbors and by keeping the entire community informed about the work of our local governments, schools, and volunteer organizations. LMC Media was founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization.