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Mike (saps) commented about Babylon Cinemas on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Headline: Old Babylon Village theater inspires dreams for father, son

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The father and son in contract to buy the closed Babylon Village cinema say they will reopen next spring with a slate of professional shows cast with Broadway players, along with concerts and other acts.

Seaford residents Mark and Dylan Perlman expect to close this summer on the former Bow Tie Cinemas’ building on Main Street, paying $1 million to the chain that owns the moviehouse and renaming it the Argyle Theater at Babylon Village. The Argyle would be Long Island’s second year-round professional theater, joining the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport.

The Perlmans said in an interview last week that they will invest about $1.5 million to build a stage, sound and lighting systems and drastically reconfigure the building’s interior. Contractors will tear down walls that now divide the space into three movie theaters.

About 100 seats will be removed, leaving 450. Part of the snack bar will be repurposed as a bar. Outside, the vertical sign over the marquee, spelling out “Babylon” in fluorescent blue letters but dark for years, will be fixed and relit.

Stagecraft classes for children and young people will be offered. They may even show a movie or two, continuing a business that sustained the house from 1922 to 2014, when it closed.

But the focus will be live performances of the caliber found 40 miles to the west in Manhattan, they said. “This will be the closest thing to Broadway on Long Island,” said Dylan Perlman, 22, a Hofstra University graduate who started acting professionally as a child and has appeared in independent movies and TV’s “The Good Wife.”

He and his father, 62, a psychologist with a practice in Wantagh, plan six main-stage shows a season with Actors Equity casts.

The two began talks last week with the union. A contract would mean high-level players from Broadway stages, but also higher production costs.

The Argyle schedule will include classics in the vein of “West Side Story” and “The Music Man,” but not “Hamilton.” While many of the current hits tour nationally, licensing rules forbid productions close to New York City, Mark Perlman said.

Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino this year called the deal “a home run for the village” that could anchor an already strong downtown business district with about two dozen bars and restaurants.

The Perlmans are making their move at a boom time for Broadway, which had $1.4 billion in ticket sales and drew an audience of 13.4 million this season, according to The Broadway League, the industry’s national trade association.

Long Islanders bought just fewer than 1 million tickets last season for Broadway shows according to the league, suggesting strong regional demand across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Babylon’s Main Street will never be confused with the Great White Way, but the Perlmans are betting that can work in their favor. Argyle tickets will cost from $25 to $75, lower than the $103 average for Broadway.

Many of the village’s bars and restaurants are open late for a post-show supper or drink, minus the Manhattan crowds. Most municipal parking is free, and the Long Island Rail Road station is a quick walk from the theater.

Industry veterans say that the Perlmans, who are newcomers to the business, are entering a difficult but potentially rich market.

“We have an incredibly supportive audience who seem to support the work we do, but we are still in the middle of a recession, and theater is not the easiest business,” said Richard Dolce, producing artistic director of the Engeman Theater, now in its 10th year. “We survive on ticket sales. We have to pick the right shows and produce them as well as we possibly can and hold our breath.”

Alan Inkles, director of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, said that after 34 years in the business, he is working harder than ever to make season subscription sales, competing less with other theaters than a sea change in entertainment consumption, with much of the potential audience staying home and “binge-watching Netflix, watching the new season of ‘Game of Thrones.’ ”

The Perlmans admit that lenders initially responded to their plans with what Mark Perlman called a “healthy skepticism.” That changed, he said, “when they met with us, looked at our histories and we explained our vision, the people we’re putting together.”

They are convinced that they are selling something streaming entertainment can never offer: “People still yearn for social interaction, for face-to-face contact, to go out for the night,” Dylan said.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I wonder if slow sales can be partially attributed to the title — in seems “New York Summer Spectacular” is more catchy than “New York Spectacular” which sounds a bit generic…

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Jul 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm

The description from their website:

Located in the heart of Chelsea, Cinepolis Chelsea offers the latest films with offers state-of-the-art digital projection and sound. Cinepolis Chelsea is also home to “HEDDA PRESENTS THE CLASSICS” Film Series, weekly Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings and numerous film festivals, including the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. The nine screen theater features reserved seating in a traditional environment and offers all your concessions favorites.

(Hedda wasn’t sure the series would continue, but it looks like it will…! Yay)

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Mike (saps) commented about 1954 photo courtesy of MIT Libraries. on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Not NYC

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Jun 24, 2016 at 8:01 am

I think it’s Cinepolis, a Mexican exhibitor with eight US houses; details to follow…

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Jun 24, 2016 at 4:53 am

Bow-tie has sold the theater; new owners take over July 1st, 2016.

I heard the name but can’t remember it; details to follow.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

Passed by last night, stage house almost completely demolished since Friday…

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Mike (saps) commented about Beacon Theatre on Jun 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Looking gorgeous on tonight’s Tony Awards…

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jun 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Walked by today, got a good look at the proscenium and stagehouse through a gap in the fence netting. You can see the arch above the stage area and the cinder blocks they used to create the wall for a new screening room.

Ed, post your pics…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Music Box Theatre on Jun 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

I just read the article about the renovations. I can’t tell from the photos if the concession area has been redesigned, etc…

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

It seems weird (and a little sad) to hear about “both” Times Square theaters…

Of course between them there are 38 screens, but still…:(

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 26, 2016 at 6:36 am

You’ve gotta have glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking Cinemascope or Cinerama, Vista Vision, Superscope or Todd-A-O and Stereophonic sound, And Stereophonic sound.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm

But maybe they could delete some of their comments every now and then…

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Mike (saps) commented about Whitman Theatre on May 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

It did seem wide…

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Mike (saps) commented about Whitman Theatre on May 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Saw my first James Bond movie here — Live and Let Die — and have been a lifelong fan ever since. My sweetheart and I (ah, young love) took the HART bus from Northport, and I had no idea what to expect. In a word, wow! I remember the theater was big and square, with no balcony, but I did return here many times in the ensuing years.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

After you few have your private conversations about Dolby at the Paramus and heaven knows what else, can you please delete your comments? They are cluttering up this page with, imho, irrelevant and tedious chatter that is of little interest to the rest if us.

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Mike (saps) commented about Green Acres Cinemas on May 24, 2016 at 7:29 am

Intro should mention that The Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas was closed January 19, 2015.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

I wonder if the Showplace was significant enough to warrant a full list… The single-screens Ziegfeld and Astor Plaza often had exclusive engagements and very long bookings, while the Showplace (if I recall correctly) was more of a neighborhood house playing day-and-date with many other theaters

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Jumping Jehosaphat, who the hell cares.

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on May 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Go and find out. And make sure you report back here. Not.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Loews 34th Street 14 on May 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm

The last time I passed by the marquee was in lousy condition — bulbs out, crawl not working…

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on May 10, 2016 at 6:17 am

That is an amazing list. I am astounded at how many movies I remember seeing at this house. Damn, what a loss…

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

How about reposting it now? So we don’t have to dig through the archives….

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Apr 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

I guess you would choose the version you’d want to see based on how long a nap you needed…

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Sunrise Mall 9 on Apr 26, 2016 at 7:13 am

On its website Regal says a new multiplex coming here in 2017. link