Playhouse

104 Middle Neck Road,
Great Neck, NY 11021

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Playhouse

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

It was shuttered in 1983 and has since been converted into apartments.

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robboehm
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
robboehm on February 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Tabled again until March 13th.

robboehm
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
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.

https://theislandnow.com/great_neck/plans-outlined-first-playhouse-great-neck/

robboehm
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 Due to some mumbo jumbo the original ones were no longer valid.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
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.

robboehm
robboehm on December 20, 2019 at 7:24 am

On and on. There was a public hearing on the proposal for the theater site on December 9, 2019. Will see what comes of that.

robboehm
robboehm on October 20, 2020 at 11:38 am

The saga continues. At it’s August meeting the Trustees gave the developer an additional two months to obtain a demolition permit due to the pandemic. A build permit must be obtained within six months.

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