The official blog of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
By: Krystle L. DiNicola, Marketing Assistant
The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Inc. has been one of the premier entertainment centers in Patchogue for more than 80 years.
In 1997, several local businessmen came up with the initial funds to purchase the Theatre and the Village of Patchogue applied for grants to renovate and restore the building to its former glory. The Theatre interior was restored to its 1923 grandeur through several phases. In December 1998, the Theatre was open for business and the first performance was held. There are now 944 orchestra seats and 222 balcony seats—a total of 1166, plus two sections for disabled seating.
Although the Village of Patchogue owns the building, the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) operates as a non-profit organization known as the Patchogue Village Center for the Performing Arts under the leadership of a volunteer board of directors. PTPA leases the building from the Village of Patchogue and covers all of the operating costs for the building without any taxpayer subsidies.
“We are not run by or financed by the Village of Patchogue or taxpayer funds. We are a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation,” said John Ashline, executive director of the PTPA. “We want to bring people to Patchogue.”
Ashline was a Patchogue businessman and Clara Iacopelli, the general manager was with Lincoln Center prior to working at the Patchogue Theatre.
The PTPA is an entertainment mecca with an annual schedule of dynamic productions in dance, theater and music. Every year, the Theatre brings in top names in the arts, with past performances by Patti Lupone, Ronan Tynan, Vince Neil, Pat Cooper and Melissa Manchester, among many others.
The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of Patchogue Village at 71 East Main Street. For more information about the history of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts or a list of upcoming shows and events, visit patchoguetheatre.org. You can also take a virtual tour of the Theatre, created by Chamber member LKDD360, by clicking here.