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The Arts

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater

Originally built as a 1500-seat movie palace by Publix Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, the Peekskill Paramount Theater first opened its doors to the public with great fanfare on June 27, 1930. Programs include theater, dance, music, fine arts, story telling and poetry readings, and other cultural activities, as well as related workshops, master classes and lecture/discussions. PHVA particularly seeks to develop new work that celebrates Peekskill’s rich history and culture. Annual program highlights include Black History Month programs; fall and spring Shakespeare residencies for family audiences; a Hispanic Heritage Month festival; and an annual Film Convention featuring 35mm and 70mm films: world-class opera, orchestras, chamber ensembles and quartets, jazz, dance and theater.

Hudson Valley MOCA

Hudson Valley MOCA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization, was founded in Peekskill, New York, by Livia and Marc Straus, significant collectors of contemporary art since 1968. The museum works with an international roster of renowned artists as well as emerging local talent.  Hudson Valley MOCA operates a 12,000 square foot exhibition space. In addition to its exhibitions, HVMOCA has launched and coordinated six Peekskill Projects, citywide celebrations of site-specific installations, performances, and spectacles, each featuring over 120 national and international contemporary artists.

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