Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street,
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The Patchogue Theatre opened on May 23, 1923 as a vaudeville theatre showcasing the biggest stars of the day. The interior was extremely elegant. The lobby had five crystal chandeliers. The main auditorium had a main balcony, Juliette balconies, pipe organ, and an orchestra pit. During the Depression, sound equipment was installed.
In the late 1950’s, the Patchogue Theater had a fire, and the lobby was destroyed. The theater reopened soon after, but with a much more modest lobby. Although much of the opulent interior was covered over with sheetrock and plywood in the auditorium, thankfully, it all remained underneath to be rediscovered years later.
In the early 1980’s, the main floor was divided in two, and the ceiling was extended to create a third screen in the balcony. This metamorphasis didn’t last long as the theater closed in the late 1980’s.
After standing vacant for a few years, it was discovered that after the fire in the 1950’s, they had simply covered the old ornamentation with sheetrock, and underneath was still the glory of the Patchogue Theatre.
By the late 1990’s, the Patchogue Theatre was was completely restored to its 1923 appearance, complete with restored exterior facade and marquee, and reopened in 1999 as the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts where they show Broadway shows, concerts, and other events.
The architecural firm for the restoration was WH Design Studio, with architect William J. Miller of Patchogue in charge of the project.
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