Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street,
Patchogue, NY 11772

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jemm on July 21, 2004 at 9:29 am

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

Bway on June 17, 2004 at 9:50 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…

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 17, 2004 at 9:34 am

Ward & Glynne was a circuit that operated vaudeville/movie theatres. This one was probably called Ward & Glynne’s Patchogue Theatre, ala Ward & Glynne’s Astoria Theatre in Queens, which I believe was their largest, with about 2,900 seats. By the time of the opening of the Patchogue, Ward & Glynne had sold the Astoria Theatre to Loew’s.

Bway on June 17, 2004 at 9:08 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 on June 16, 2004 at 6:28 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.