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

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Kamm on March 19, 2013 at 7:02 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 11, 2013 at 1:52 am

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 5:33 pm

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 on October 12, 2013 at 1:50 am

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.

robboehm on July 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Now, more than ever it’s time to try to get inside and take pictures. It was announced that The Village of Great Neck Estates Board will hold a public hearing on August 6 (2014)on a plan to raze the theatre to make way for a new apartment building with retail space and parking. The latter is something which is sorely needed.

There are attempts to have the building given Landmark status. At the minimum the Historical Society wants the facade preserved.

Anybody see the facade? Doesn’t look like anything, much less a theatre.

wally 75
wally 75 on July 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

If you go to google earth it will show the theatre…the apts were always there..when you go to a street view the entrance and marque was below the first apt. The lobby was under the apt.’s..the theatre it self is still as it was stores replace lobby…I ran The Playhouse for a few years under UA…the only other thing changed, was an alley that was on Middleneck Rd that theatre patrons could exit now it’s a store..

robboehm on August 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Nothing further on the demolition. The Village Trustees have requested a detailed timetable re the demolition because of the impact it will have on the village’s main drag.

robboehm on August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Next hearing is September 8th.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

The September 8 meeting robboehem referred to laid an egg according to this item from Newsday of September 10. Mayor David A. Fox said that there were still too many questions about the developer’s plans that had not been answered, and the hearing was postponed indefinitely. I can’t find anything more recent about the project on the Internet, so maybe the fate of the Playhouse is still undecided.

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