104 Middle Neck Road,
Great Neck, NY 11021

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The Playhouse was located on the main drag in Great Neck, directly across from the Squire Theater. It opened as a legitimate live theatre in 1925. It was taken over by United Artists in the 1930’s.

It was shuttered in the early-1980’s and has since been converted into apartments.

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robboehm on July 27, 2016 at 7:29 am

At the July 11th meeting the subject of the Playhouse demo was deferred to the August 8 meeting when it will probably be deferred to the September meeting when it will be deferred to….You get the picture.

robboehm on September 19, 2016 at 7:18 am

In August the matter was deferred until September 7th. On that date it was deferred until October 10th. The building will fall down from neglect before they vote to demolish it.

robboehm on February 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Demolition is on the agenda for the February 13, 2017 meeting (like that will ever happen).

robboehm on February 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Tabled again until March 13th.

robboehm on February 28, 2018 at 7:37 pm

There will be a public hearing on March 12, 2018 re amendment of the zoning to accommodate residential and retail on the site. The Board of Trustees indicates there is no environmental impact. So much of the Great Neck Estates meeting agendas are not readily available on line. Presume nothing has yet been decided on demo. Approval of the zoning change would seem to be the first step.

VintageBry on March 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm

So sad as I grew up in that theater and the Squire across the street. What a blown opportunity to reinvigorate the strip in Great Neck. Really tragic to see this happening but it was inevitable as the place turned into a political football and constantly fumbled.

robboehm on December 12, 2018 at 8:01 am

Last reference I found on this was that, in June 2018, the Village Trustees had given the developer extended time to get the necessary permits. Due to some mumbo jumbo the original ones were no longer valid. Members of the Historical Society requested that the lobby portion be retained in the new structure to honor the history of the building.

This redevelopment is eventually going to equal the lead time for Long Island Rail Road access to Grand Central Terminal and completion of the Second Avenue Subway in Manhattan.

robboehm on August 9, 2019 at 7:29 am

At a Trustees meeting on July 8th the developers offered an amended plan. They were given 6 months to get a demolition permit and a building permit. There will be a public hearing in October. The developers expressed concern, as well they should, that the never ending deferred dates are ridiculous. This project has been in the works for a decade.

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