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.

Contributed by SteveSmith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 4, 2014 at 2:25 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.

robboehm on March 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

The fate of the Playhouse is still up in the air. Discussion on demolition was removed from the agenda of the March Village Board meeting. It MAY be placed on the agenda for April 13th.

wally 75
wally 75 on March 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

Thanks keep us posted….PS my psge jumped and this I may have UN subscribed hope I didn’t. thanks

robboehm on March 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

Newspaper articles always refer to it as First Playhouse so it sometimes passes under the radar. Now that we have a meeting date we know when to check back. No big deal to resubscribe.

robboehm on April 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Came upon a note I had scribbled when doing some online research. In 1940 there was a major and costly renovation in which the theater was to have been remodeled and redecorated, new seats, screen and marquee and the lobby was to have been enlarged.

robboehm on April 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Decision put off until May 11th.

robboehm on April 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

There is still talk about preserving it. Just what is left to preserve after all this time? Anybody been in there lately?

robboehm on June 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

The oft postponed hearing is now postponed indefinitely. Now, there is also the additional wait for the Nassau County Department of Public Works to weigh in on a proposal to cut off access to Middle Neck Road from Maple Avenue during the demo. Middle Neck Road is a county road.

If this goes on much longer the building will just fall down of its own accord.

robboehm on September 15, 2015 at 6:49 am

Since the Board wouldn’t give approval to the demo unless there was a detailed plan addressing the affect on traffic during the process the owners hired a traffic engineer. That report is nearing completion. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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