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Lights, Camera, Action! NY Main Street Program Helps Reopen Pelham Picture House

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, NYS Senator Jeff Klein, Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Kenneth Jenkins, Village of Pelham Mayor Edward Hotchkiss, Picture House Board Chair John Calvelli and Executive Director Jennifer Christman with Board members, contractors and additional supporters from the community.

New York Main Street Program Director Karl Gustafson attended a ribbon cutting for the reopening of the historic Pelham Picture House in Pelham, NY (Westchester County) following a $1.1 Million dollar renovation. The Picture House was the recipient of a New York Main Street Program Anchor award of $250,000 from NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).

HCR's NY Main Street program works in partnership with communities to promote and strengthen the economic vitality of main streets and downtowns.

In conjunction with the Pelham Village-wide façade improvements and new streetscape fixtures, which received an additional $150,000 in NY Main Street funds, the Picture House renovation is an ideal example of how the New York Main Street program supports private funds to spark downtown revitalization.

The Pelham Picture House opened as a movie house in 1921. Today it continues to feature independent and classic cinema, as well as offer opportunities to learn about the art, science, and business of film. To read more, go to:

In his remarks, Gustafson said, "We look forward to seeing this historic community icon thrive in the coming years and congratulate Pelham Picture House on its wonderful restoration."

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Last Updated: 4/7/2011