Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street,
Patchogue, NY 11772

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Bway
Bway on February 25, 2005 at 5:20 am

Yes, but I don’t believe they are projected movies. I’m not sure though.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 24, 2005 at 9:17 pm

still shows movies on occasion

uncleal923
uncleal923 on November 21, 2004 at 7:12 pm

I looked at the website for the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts. While Gateway still produces shows there it is run by a not for profit Corporation.

R143
R143 on October 15, 2004 at 9:24 am

That is the second marquee they have had on that theater since 1998. Originally, it was your standard type of marquee where you puit letters on it manually. A year ago they added the digital one to it.
Does the Gateway Playhouse of Bellport still run this theater?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 14, 2004 at 7:52 pm

he took a new jod in N.J.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 14, 2004 at 7:10 pm

The director of this theater quit today .

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 14, 2004 at 6:58 pm

you were busy today/bway did you or do you work in the movie bsns

Bway
Bway on October 14, 2004 at 6:45 pm

Here’s a photo of the Patchogue Theater taken today:

Click here for link to photo

Bway
Bway on September 16, 2004 at 6:52 am

I never said they were original in the introduction (I’m Chris), I just said they were “restored” meaning it was made to look like it was when it opened. The entire fascade was redone after the fire in the 50’s. The front of the theater was made narrower, and another store thrown in. The marquee was made half the size of the original at that point, and the building was done in a light blue 50’s style brick.
When they restored the theater to it’s turn of the century appearance in the 90’s, they took over the store to the left (which was originally part of the lobby when built), and restored the marquee to it’s original size.

Orlando
Orlando on September 16, 2004 at 6:09 am

Although the main auditorium is “restored”, the main lobby and facade have been renovated and updated. The facade and the lobby are not original as stated in the introduction.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 15, 2004 at 10:28 pm

Not mentioned is that UA ran this theater for many years when it was a movie house, when it was closed by UA it was a reduced price house.

Bway
Bway on August 22, 2004 at 6:00 am

That’s a great story!
The one near Wendy’s at the Sunrise and Waverly Ave was the Sunwave Theater. (Click to read more about it). The one a little further east was the Plaza Theater.
There was also the Rialto Theater on South Ocean Ave that lasted until the late 70’s when it burned.
The one with the drive-in is where the Movies at Patchogue 13 is located today.

Patchogue had an astonishing amount of theaters. Here’s some of the others that may be befoe many of our times, but some did last into the 50’s:
Star Palace Theater
Lyceum Theater
Granada Theater

vinceiuliano
vinceiuliano on August 22, 2004 at 5:34 am

slightly off the topic but once i scurried inside this theater with popcorn and soda in hand only to discover that i had picked the wrong theater! i had seen the same movie the week before.
the owner at the time – a dour woman with short brown hair – phoned ahead and i was able to drive -popcorn and soda carefully balanced on the seat beside me – to the correct theater and run inside.
there were 5 theaters in patchogue at this time; this one, one slightly east on the same road, another on sunrise highway (where Wendy’s is now) and a drive in (which also contained an indoor theater!). Anyway it was a wonderful theater then and – having seen mickey rooney there as well as an ice skating show in the past 2 years – i can say that its STILL a great theater. long may it live!

jemm
jemm on July 22, 2004 at 6:44 am

thank you Bway

Bway
Bway on July 21, 2004 at 5:27 pm

I believe the Village of Patchogue owns the theater, as they are the ones who spent all the money to refurbish it. I think they have a company though that runs the theater though. The Gateway Playhouse from Bellport used to run it when it first reopened, bu they no longer do.
I am almost certain though that the Village owns it though.

jemm
jemm on July 21, 2004 at 7:29 am

I have a question not a comment. Can you please advise who owns the theater.

Bway
Bway on June 17, 2004 at 7:50 am

Yes, you are correct. I checked again, and “Ward & Glynne” was in front of “Patchogue” in the original name.
Just to add a bit more, when they were restoring the Patchogue theater in the late 90’s, all the seats were removed and they actually had obtained the velvet seats from the Imperial Theater in Manhattan to repace the old seats. So the Imperial’s seats are now a part of Ward & Glynne’s palatial Patchogue theater…..just a little theater trivia…

Bway
Bway on June 17, 2004 at 7:08 am

The original name for the Patchogue Theater was the Patchogue “Ward and Glynne” theater and opened on May 23rd 1923.
It originally had 1330 seats, although at some point it was expanded.

Bway
Bway on June 16, 2004 at 4:28 am

Just to add, during the Depression, when the sound equipment was installed, that’s when the Patchogue theater became a “movie” theater, and remained that way until closing in the 80’s. Now, after it’s restoration it is mostly a legitamate theater once again, although they still can show movies there (and on very rare occasions still do), but never current movies.