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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robboehm on July 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

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 1:53 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 10:28 am

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 9:55 am

Next hearing is September 8th.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 4, 2014 at 5:25 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 5:22 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 1:37 pm

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 1:52 pm

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.

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