Rebuilt LI theaters carry hopes for economic revival

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 10, 2008 at 10:45 am

ISLIP, NY — Communities on Long Island are using reopened theaters to bring life back into their downtowns.

The lobby of the old Islip cinema is buzzing again.

Patrons buy tickets at the marble-fronted box office, tread up the carpeted stairs and take their seats – but this time it’s not for a movie.

After years of dormancy, the ‘40s-era Islip Theater has been reinvented as the Islip Pavilion, a performing arts center with concerts, comedy shows and community events. And local business owners are pinning their hopes on its success.

Read the full story in Newsday.

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