History

Since 1933, the Larchmont Playhouse has served as a vibrant anchor of the community.  Its unmistakable architecture was as thrilling then as it is today.

 

"Westchester's Most Intimate Playhouse..."

 

When the Larchmont Playhouse—originally named The Larchmont Theatre—first opened its doors on August 3rd, 1933, Larchmonters had spent months watching the progress of the new, Gothic building under development on what was then called Palmer Avenue Extension.  And when they eagerly entered to see the first screening, Janet Gaynor and Henry Garat in Adorable, they were not disappointed.

Billed as “Westchester County’s most intimate playhouse,” the building was noted not only for its Old English design, but for its modern furnishings and distinctive decorations. Inside the foyer, paneled in stained wood, the brightly painted carved frame around the ticket booth complemented the colorful arch of carved wood that framed the screen itself.  The auditorium, which seated over 700 people, was notable not only for its oak columns and the carved grape vines festooning its ceiling rafters, but for the generous spacing between its rows of red plush seats. Wrought-iron sconces adorned the walls throughout the theater, and downstairs, in the smoking lounge, there were not only oil and watercolor paintings, but a fireplace for cold winter days.

When interviewed before the opening night, Morris Salasin, the theater manager, said, “We intend to preserve the distinction and refinement of the building in all that we do here.”


This is too beautiful a theater to lose.
— Ferdinand Ramos, Larchmont, NY