Emelin Theatre

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The Emelin Theatre for the Performing Arts is a 275-seat nonprofit theater located in Mamaroneck, NY.[1] that hosts theatre, family, bluegrass, dance, classical, jazz, rock, folk, tribute, and comedy events for the community and is the oldest continually operated performing arts center in Westchester. The Emelin Theatre was founded in 1972 by a group of Mamaroneck citizens and named for local pharmacist Arthur Emelin, who died in 1978.[2] Its facility originated with a $360,000 gift to the Mamaroneck Free Library by Emelin in memory of his father, Emanuel Joseph Emelin.[3] The structure of the current theater was constructed in 1984. In 2013 the Emelin’s lobby underwent a $250,000 renovation to make it more modern and accessible. The New Rochelle-based architecture firm Stoll & Stoll donated their services to the Emelin, which paid no fees for the design of the new facility.[4]

It hosts music series devoted to rock, folk, classical, jazz, tribute bands, and traditional musical forms from multiple traditions.[5] Its bluegrass series has existed since 1982.[6] It also features theater, dance, comedy, family films, and a subscription-only film series. Approximately one-third of its programming is family-oriented, and since 1997 its subsidized School Outreach Program has brought children from Westchester County schools to the Emelin for educational programming.[7] It currently hosts between 80 and 100 performances per year, with a combined attendance of approximately 30,000.[8]


  1. ^ "Emelin". Rentals. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Helms, Ashley (October 17, 2013). "The Mamaroneck Review". Emelin Theater Sees Lobby Rejuvenation. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin (September 29, 1985). "The New York Times". Emelin Explores a Resident Troupe. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Helms. "The Mamaroneck Review". 
  5. ^ "Emelin". Events. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Emelin" (PDF). Bluegrass Brunch (PDF). Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Emelin". School Outreach. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Helms. "The Mamaroneck Review". 

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Coordinates: 40°56′57″N 73°44′02″W / 40.94920°N 73.73401°W / 40.94920; -73.73401