Playhouse

104 Middle Neck Road,
Great Neck, NY 11021

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robboehm
robboehm on February 25, 2017 at 11:32 pm

Tabled again until March 13th.

robboehm
robboehm on February 3, 2017 at 2:36 am

Demolition is on the agenda for the February 13, 2017 meeting (like that will ever happen).

robboehm
robboehm on September 19, 2016 at 3:18 pm

In August the matter was deferred until September 7th. On that date it was deferred until October 10th. The building will fall down from neglect before they vote to demolish it.

robboehm
robboehm on July 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

At the July 11th meeting the subject of the Playhouse demo was deferred to the August 8 meeting when it will probably be deferred to the September meeting when it will be deferred to….You get the picture.

robboehm
robboehm on June 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

The fate of the theater continues to be tabled at each meeting. The building will fall down of it’s own volition at the rate things are going.

robboehm
robboehm on March 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Matt do you have any interior photos? I understand there were a number of dressing rooms, too.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 17, 2016 at 8:29 pm

It doesn’t really matter. There’s nothing left inside the auditorium.

robboehm
robboehm on March 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm

At the March 14th meeting the matter of demolition was tabled another month. So what else is new.

robboehm
robboehm on February 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm

According to the agenda for tonight’s Great Neck Plaza trustees meeting the matter of the Playhouse demolition is to be tabled until the March 14th meeting. On and on. Delays without resolution. If this continues like the plans for the Lynbrook it will be 2030 or so before anything happens.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

The $450,000 Great Neck Playhouse was launched by Irving Lesser in 1925 with organist Billy Lent at the Wurlitzer. In just its first year, the playhouse tried out 29 different out of town runs. Ring Lardner and Charlie Chaplin had inaugural season tickets. For the tryout world premier of “The Play’s The Thing” by Franz Molnar on October 21, 1926. guests at the Playhouse included George Cohan, Eddie Cantor, the Marx Brothers, and Irving Berlin. Other supporters included W.C. Fields and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

In 1927, Katherine Hepburn would be fired from her first live stage leading role while at the Playhouse, an event she long recounted. Other stars on the stage in its formative days were James Cagney, Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Clark Gable, Ruth Gordon, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, Leslie Howard and Barbara Stanwyck. Though films were mixed into the Great neck Playhouse menu, United Artists took on the theatre in the 1930s to change the business model to film-centric purposes.

robboehm
robboehm on September 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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.

robboehm
robboehm on June 14, 2015 at 8:46 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
robboehm on April 18, 2015 at 2:13 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on April 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Decision put off until May 11th.

robboehm
robboehm on April 7, 2015 at 3:35 am

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
robboehm on March 25, 2015 at 5:52 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.

wally 75
wally 75 on March 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on March 24, 2015 at 9:22 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.

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.

robboehm
robboehm on August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Next hearing is September 8th.

robboehm
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.