Jacob Burns Film Center Debuts a Wine Bar and Café

Jacob Burn Film Center’s new bar and café will debut on April 11 with a selection of locally sourced food and beverages.

In the past year, the Jacob Burns Film Center completed a large refurbishment project which renovated three of its ground-floor theaters and launched a Cinema Studies program in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Even more recently, the nonprofit cultural institution announced the debut of Take 3 Wine Bar and Café to elevate the film center’s dining options. Moviegoers can expect the bar to open on April 11 and be located on the top floor of the Pleasantville arts hub. While the long-standing concession area offers movie night classics like popcorn, Twizzlers, soda, and tea, the new 85-seat bar and café will add local delicacies to the menu.

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Expect cheeseboards, sandwiches, salads, mac n’ cheese, fine wines, craft beer, coffee, hot chocolate, and baked goods from local businesses including Second Mouse Cheese Shop, Irving Farm, and Feel Good Booch. The beer selection will be sourced from the beloved Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Soul Brewing Company, with cider from Thompson’s Cider Mill. If you prefer a glass of vino, selections include reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling.

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The opening of Take 3 has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from JBFC Board Member Ginny Gold, in honor of her husband Marty Gold, who passed away in 2017. Marty was a wine connoisseur and the President and CEO of Martin Scott Wines, Ltd., and a member of the JBGC Board of Directors for years.

“This exciting addition reaffirms JBFC’s commitment to being a dynamic cultural destination where art, community, and now a delightful selection of food and beverages come together. Our aim is to provide a welcoming space for our patrons to gather, converse, and savor moments before or after enjoying a film,” says Mary Jo Ziesel, JBFC’s Executive Director.

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Either before or after showings, filmgoers are encouraged to host a pre- or post-movie discussion over a glass of wine or creamy bowl of mac n’ cheese. The welcoming space was designed by JBFC Board Member Laureen Barber, who is the co-owner and designer of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The center also brought in local architect James Coleman to help bring their vision to life.

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While contemplating and placing orders, guests can appreciate the art exhibitions behind the bar. The backdrop will display a rotating exhibition, with the initial showcasing the legendary Bill Gold’s iconic movie posters. His work features classics such as Casablanca, Mystic River, Camelot, and many more.

The bar and café will be open to the public and ticket-holders during hours of operation on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m.

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Once Take 3 welcomes its first customers, the final stage of the JBFC’s Refurbishment Project will be complete. The project was made possible by the David Swope Fund, Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, Jon and Nancy Bauer, and many generous donors.

Looking ahead, the JBFC will host an array of spring events that would be the perfect excuse to stop by the bar and café. Think highly anticipated first-run films like Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two and an Earth Day celebration in April.

From May 13-18, the film center will host Restored & Rediscovered: A Film Preservation Film Festival, which will bring viewers on an enriching journey through film history. “This festival is a celebration of the work it takes to protect and preserve film that might otherwise have been lost,” says Monica Castillo, JBFC Senior Programmer and Series Curator.

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Household Saints. Courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center.

Take 3 Wine Bar and Café at Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville; 914.773.7663

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