John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street,
Northport, NY 11768

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John W. Engeman Theater

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The Northport Theater opened in 1932, and was restored in 1999 (after a severe attack of after-hours vandalism in 1997). The theater featured 520 floor seats plus 85 in the balcony. Home to a stage, wall tapestries, murals, and a marble ticket counter, the theater was closed as a “political statement” on January 22, 2003, the day after the Long Island town of Lindenhurst passed a resolution to condemn the owner’s other Suffolk County theater, the Lindenhurst Theater (located about 20 miles away).

A not-for-profit organization, the Northport Performing Arts Center, acquired and modified the theater for use as a live venue, and it is now the John W. Engeman Theater. The seating capacity is now 400.

Contributed by Damien Farley

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 29, 2009 at 10:04 am

The theatre is currently presenting a musical stage version of a movie that probably played there when originally released in 1947: View link

Bloop
Bloop on March 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm

1) This should be listed as the NORTHPORT Theater! It’s a decades old neighborhood movie house with a LONG HISTORY dating back to the 1930s!!!!! (Hysterical hyperbole)!!!!! It should not be listed as it’s latest incarnation AS A PLAYHOUSE from the last 10 years or so!! This makes it “invisible” to posters , researchers and fans!!!! Please let’s fix this. A theater such as this should have hundreds of postings, recollections and warm memories. This is a huge error. Saps, longislandmovies,ed solerno,Bway, Lost Memory, Warren G. back me up here! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

robboehm
robboehm on March 11, 2011 at 7:37 am

In theory the last name standing is the CT rule (not always observed) and as you note problematic. As a Long Islander I know the new name and access it as such. It could also be argued that one would look up the name of the community and try the entries there hoping a specific AKA would appear.

robboehm
robboehm on January 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Looking through old issues of the Smithtown Messenger there were several references to the Northport being renovated while still open in the Spring/Summer of 1950. Among the renovations were the installation of air conditioning, a remodeling of the lobby (necessitating the use of an alternate entrance)and upgrading of the sound and rest rooms.

Bloop
Bloop on January 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

To the site administrators : this was a busy local neighborhood MOVIE theater for almost 5 DECADES. It should not be represented here, as a “performing arts theatre” This site is not called “Performing Arts Treasures. Com” Please address this.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

“Bloop,” I believe that the policy is to list theatres under their current name if the place is still being used for its original purpose.

Bway
Bway on February 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

The theater’s current name (if open) is the name that is used for the theater. That’s to be consistent on the site, and it’s the policy.

robboehm
robboehm on December 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

What was the condemnation referred to in the heading?

robboehm
robboehm on July 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

According to an article on theatre in Northport, N.Y. in Newsday for July 13, 2014, the cost of the conversion from movies to stage cost $3.7 million. The 1950 renovation which I alluded to in an earlier posting, cost $100,000. The article quotes the current seating capacity as 400.

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