Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street,
Patchogue, NY 11772

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Bway on August 22, 2004 at 2:00 pm

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 on August 22, 2004 at 1:34 pm

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 on July 22, 2004 at 2:44 pm

thank you Bway

Bway on July 22, 2004 at 1:27 am

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 on July 21, 2004 at 3:29 pm

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

Bway on June 17, 2004 at 3:50 pm

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 3:34 pm

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 3:08 pm

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 12:28 pm

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.