Looking back and forward at Patchogue
PATCHOGUE, NY — With an urban revival about to take place, locals look towards the Plaza Theater to tie together the new downtown.
Today the East Main Street movie theater invokes memories for people such as Tim Mazzei, a lifelong Blue Point resident and now a Brookhaven Town councilman. Mazzei, 54, remembers sneaking off to the Plaza as a young boy some 45 years ago to watch a certain Alfred Hitchcock movie – one about birds – that his parents had forbidden him to see because it would terrify him.
The Plaza showed its last movie more than 20 years ago and has since descended into disrepair. The empty marquee, crumbling facade and boarded entrance are eyesores, and town officials say it has become a haven for drug use, vagrants and vandalism.
And Mazzei is now helping lead the charge to get the Plaza torn down – finally.
Read the full story at Newsday.