Neighboring Suffern, New York enjoys Revitalization

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Abbott Realtors

Follow the revitalization of a neighboring town. Suffern, New York on the border of Mahwah is putting forth a full court press particularly as far as communication goes. They have put together a wonderful weekly email blast, web pages and weekly events for residents, friends and neighbors.

Two things that our family really enjoys are the outdoor farmer's market that is held each Saturday. Local growers are encouraged to come and sell their fruits, grains and veggies. A fantastic opportunity to support local area farmers and businesses.

And, the LAFAYETTER Theater --- truly and architectural and local historical treasure.

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copyright 2010 Pamela Stetson



Part of the long-term plan for the revitalization of downtown Suffern is to make the Village more of a vibrant and attractive cultural hub. While an influx and upkeep of restaurants and shops remains an important component of this ongoing project, there is one aspect of the revitalization that remains paramount to its ultimate success.

The continued growth and importance of the Lafayette Theatre cannot be underestimated. If Suffern is to be a cultural hub then the theater will certainly serve as the focal point. This one of kind classic remains an attraction to thousands of people, not only in the Village and in Rockland County but surrounding counties as well.

The Lafayette continues to serve as a jumping off point for the revitalization project simply by being what it is. The theater attracts countless people to the Village, people who will very often come early or stay late to shop, eat or merely stroll up and down Lafayette Avenue. It's a destination, one whose role has remained largely unchanged for nine decades.

"Growing up in Suffern, I knew the Lafayette Theatre was always an important part of our town's history," said Scott Shedler, chairman of the Suffern Parking Authority. "The theater was also usually the center of our social activities on Friday nights and weekends. My friends and I were always at the Lafayette because when we were kids, the big malls and the big multiplexes just weren't available and if they were, they weren't easy to get to.

"Now, as an adult, I still love the Lafayette. I enjoy seeing movies there and I love the convenience of not having to battle the traffic and crowds at the big malls on Routes 17 and 59. It's the hub of the Village and the spot in this part of the county to which everyone can point as a landmark or a destination."

The Town of Ramapo recently entered into a partnership with the Lafayette Theatre to help aid in the drive to keep it a vibrant and an active part of the cultural scene in Rockland County. One aspect of the partnership included the Town of Ramapo purchasing equipment that would allow the theater to show 3D films. The Lafayette, which was named by USA Today one of the 10 great classic movie theaters in America, is now the oldest single-screen theater in the country to have this equipment.

Alice in Wonderland debuted at the Lafayette in 3D earlier this month, becoming the first film to be shown using the new technology. The Lafayette also has the largest seating capacity of any 3D-capable theater in the area.

"It has certainly been a huge asset to the Village and to the Lafayette Theatre having the Town of Ramapo invest in the theater and form a partnership," Shedler said. "It shows a high level of commitment from the local government. Keeping the theater active and relevant is an important part of Suffern's downtown revitalization project. Having the Town of Ramapo on board as a partner will only serve to enhance those efforts.

"These are tough economic times. But having the Town of Ramapo and its administration invest in our Village's future by partnering up with the Lafayette Theatre has certainly eased the burden and helped make it possible to allow our revitalization project to continue."

 The 1,000-seat theater is home to first-run movies as well as the Big Screen Classic series, which can be seen every Saturday morning. In addition, Rivertown Films recently began sponsoring a Sunday at the Movies series, a program that includes non-mainstream films. There is plenty of free parking on the streets and in lots adjacent to and behind the theater.

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Comments (1)

Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

This is a great place to bring up a family. Love the farmers markets on Saturday also

Mar 30, 2010 04:22 AM