Montauk Playhouse

240 Edgemere Street,
Montauk, NY 11954

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MAY 26, 1960

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Opened in 1929 as the Montauk Tennis Auditorium. According to the website at the link below, the Montauk Playhouse was used as a summer movie theater, operated by Prudential Theaters starting in 1960. The building was abandoned in the 1970s. After a recent restoration, the building is now used as a community center.

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robboehm on January 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

According to a local guide dated many years back, seating was provided using deck chairs. That seems odd. Also to achieve a seating capacity of 350 as quoted above implies a very large room when using deck chairs. Hey, I’m only quoting what was in the book.

MontaukMovie on February 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Half of the Montauk Playhouse was used as a movie theater in the 1960s and 1970s. (The structure was built in 1929 as a tennis auditorium with 2 courts.) Patrons did sit on directors chairs, which were left over from a 1959 ill-fated attempt to turn the Montauk Playhouse into a summer-stock theater.

bicyclereporter on August 27, 2010 at 12:16 am

There’s a theater in Hudson, NY that was also called the Tennis Auditorium. Any others like this in the country? Strange.

robboehm on August 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

There is no US theatre on CT with the word Tennis in it’s name. There are a number of theatres listed in Hudson, NY. Is it one of them, if so which? If not we need a new CT entry.

robboehm on August 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm

OK it was the Community Theatre. Thank you.

magistramc on January 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I remember seeing many movies here during the summers of my childhood. And I remember sitting on those director chairs, and looking at the masks of Drama and Comedy on the walls of either side of the sceen whenever I got bored with the film. If memory serves, the full name was “Montauk Manor Playhouse.” The current movie house is pleasant enough, but I’ll always miss this great old theater.

robboehm on October 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

The third in a series of meetings to detail updated plans for the completion of the currently unfinished space inside the Playhouse is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 PM. The two main proposals are an Aquatic Center and a large, multiuse space for cultural events, conferences and more.

robboehm on November 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm

A proposal for the Montauk Playhouse Community Center has been submitted to the hamlet’s Citizens Advisory Committee. A cost of up to $8.5 has been projected, $2.5 of which has already been raised.

The center would be the historic Playhouse, itself, built in 1929 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Half the structure has already been renovated.

The design calls for an aquatic center with two pools, a cultural center including a second floor performance space and meeting rooms downstairs and a two-story lobby that would provide space for exhibits and art shows.

If completed the annual operating cost is estimated at $800,000

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