Playhouse

104 Middle Neck Road,
Great Neck, NY 11021

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Playhouse

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The Playhouse was located on the main drag in Great Neck, directly across from the Squire Theater.

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

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

Robboehm, here’s a link to a B&W shot of the screen and front of the house from the balcony during the Playhouse’s waning days as a movie house. This link had been erroneously posted on the 8th Street Playhouse page, and I’m surprised it was never re-posted here… until now, that is.

The image is from photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, who took a series of images at several different cinemas, where he locked down a large-format camera at some central point opposite the screen and then opened the shutter for the duration of the movie. The results were quite lovely. I’m sure if you google the photographer’s name, you’ll find a number of these stills floating around the web.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

Wally75, if you ever find any of your old pics of the Playhouse, please be sure to post them here (or send them my way and I’ll gladly do it for you)!

robboehm
robboehm on June 11, 2012 at 6:14 am

Pretty dramatic photo in Black and White. Whets the appetite.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

ok… the marquee was like Manhasset with neon Playhouse on top each side but larger…

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

For better or worse, the Skouras Playhouse got the “Full Treatment” in this 1963 renovation: Boxoffice

wally 75
wally 75 on July 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Nice job…except for gate and flower urn, that what it looked like through the 70’s…I had new carpet put down from the box office area to all three floors and made over all the walls giving it the 1923 vibe..

Kamm
Kamm on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 am

I used to go to moves at the Playhouse theater when I was a kid, and it is a memorable part of my childhood. It seems like it should be a crime that it was gutted to make condos. It’s sort of like someone using a Van Gogh for firewood. I’m all for personal property rights, but I wish Playhouse had had some sort of landmark/historical structure protection.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

The condominium project at the Great Neck Playhouse has not been completed, and I’m not sure it’s even underway yet. When it does get underway, the theater will probably be demolished rather than converted for a new use.

This article from April 25, 2013, said that the developer wanted to demolish the theater and build a new building that would replicate the facade, rather than preserving the street-front walls per the original plans for the project.

An entry from September 9 on the Great Neck Historical Society’s Facebook page says:

“It seems quite clear that demolition of the Playhouse is a certainty. The architect presented their plans, and folks were only permitted to ask questions, not state their positions. No answers were permitted to the questions, but all questions were to be answered in writing at a future date.”
The Facebook page has no more recent posts on the subject of the Playhouse. If we have a demolition watch list, this theater should be placed on it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

This raises a question as to what remains, if anything, of the theater’s interior? The lower level is clearly a parking lot, with driveway located at what used to be the foyer wall at the back of the house. But, is there anything left above the garage and at the front of the house? Perhaps the proscenium? Ceiling and balcony? Wonder if they’d allow whatever remains to be photographed for posterity.

robboehm
robboehm on October 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Go for it. You might try going via the historical society. One of the women I spoke to a number of years ago had a contact.

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