Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street,
Patchogue, NY 11772

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Patchogue Theater auditorium July 2006

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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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jflundy
jflundy on December 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

If someone has the means to post a photo to Flickr or some other web photo album, and will provide a link to share with this page, I can send them a photo from Saturday, August 11, 1923 of this theatre.

The feature on the marquee is “Rustle of Silk”.

Contact:

Bway
Bway on December 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

JF Lundy emailed me the photo of the Patchogue Theater and I uploaded it here:

Click here to View Photo

Bway
Bway on December 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Here’s an accompanying article too:

Click here to view excerpt

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 24, 2011 at 7:14 am

A New Stage for Old Theaters: nytimes

moviegoer
moviegoer on September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Here’s an image of the Patchogue when it was still a movie house in 1983.

http://americanclassicimages.com/Default.aspx?tabid=141&txtSearch=CATAdvancedSearch1%2c32%2c3%2c-1&catpageindex=22&ProductID=30379

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Here’s an active link to the image moviegoer posted earlier.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

And, by the way, that might be the highest canopy marquee I’ve ever seen on a local neighborhood movie theater!

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