Peter H. Gistelinck appointed new Executive Director of the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford, CT

STAMFORD, CT, June 13, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Peter H. Gistelinck as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2023. Gistelinck was unanimously approved by the Avon Board of Directors following a nationwide candidate search.

“We are delighted to have Peter join the Avon. His vast experience in the Arts and the non-profit world will play a key role as we initiate the Avon reCreated campaign to raise the funds that will bring the Avon into the 21st century. With this campaign, the Avon will have state-of-the-art film technology, a totally renovated interior, an additional third screen and a fully ADA accessible facility,” said Avon Theatre Film Center Co-Board Chairs Susan Cullman and Arthur Selkowitz.

“I am absolutely honored to have been chosen as the next leader of the well renowned Avon Theatre Film Center,” said Peter H. Gistelinck. “This organization, because of its diverse programming, great leadership, nationally praised film programming with great community impact, has it all to become one of the leading national film centers. I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to take them there especially as we embark on a 9M building campaign bringing the film center into the 21st century.”

Gistelinck joins the Avon Theatre from Berkeley Heights, NJ where he was Executive Director of the renowned Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts after-school education program in the state of New Jersey, from 2019 through 2023. More information on Peter H. Gistelinck can be found at

The mission of the Avon Theatre Film Center, a non-profit Independent Arts theater, is to preserve and operate the historic Avon Theatre by providing a culturally significant film, educational and programmatic palette, which draws patrons from the greater Stamford region. The Avon is the sole remaining Independent Arts theater in Fairfield county and has 2500 loyal members. More information about the Avon Theatre Film Center can be found at

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