Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street,
Patchogue, NY 11772

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Patchogue Theater auditorium July 2006

The Patchogue Theatre opened on May 23, 1923 as a vaudeville theatre showcasing the biggest stars of the day. It was built for and operated by the Glynne & Ward circuit. 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 theatre 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.

Contributed by Chris

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Bway
Bway on December 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Here’s an accompanying article too:

Click here to view excerpt

moviegoer
moviegoer on September 1, 2011 at 7:13 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 9:05 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 1, 2011 at 9:06 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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robboehm
robboehm on May 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

The Patchogue and neighboring Rialto were acquired by Prudential in August, 1929. At that time they also operated the Bay Shore, Regent (Bay Shore) and Babylon theaters.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 4, 2017 at 2:47 am

Maurice D. Sornik was the architect of the 1956 makeover.

robboehm
robboehm on March 18, 2018 at 1:17 pm

It has been announced that a new marquee costing $184,000 will be installed. $100,000 of this was a grant from the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization program. My question is why since the current electronic marquee is elegant and understated.

Several years ago a million dollars was spent repairing the roof and replacing the 1,049 seats.

Reportedly the theater holds about 160 shows annually with 150,000 people in attendance.

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