The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts’ $1 million overhaul is set to start Jan. 4.
It will take about two months to complete the work and re-open the village-owned theater to the public.
Aside from cosmetic upgrades to the lobby and theater space, one of the biggest differences theater-goers will recognize come next March is the roomier seats, Patchogue Village Trustee Jack Kreiger said during an announcement at Monday night’s Village Board meeting.
“They’re all going to be bigger seats, larger in size,” Krieger said. “And because of the reconfiguration, we’re going to be adding more handicap accessible areas. There’s actually going to be more seats in the theater.”
Not only that, he said, the seats in the balcony will be easily removed for party space.
“So if people want to rent the balcony for a corporate event and catering during a show, they can do that,” he said.
The theater will also be getting new floors, carpets, ceiling and duct work, and a refurbished sound system, among other upgrades.
The project is being paid for by the village through various funding sources, Mayor Paul Pontieri said.
The mayor called the project a taxpayer investment designed to help ensure that, looking forward, it doesn’t get too pricey to maintain the theater.
Patchogue’s theater, which was built in 1923 and today can seat 1,166 people, had been vacant for well more than a decade prior to 1996, when the village purchased the building and restored it.
Krieger on Monday night thanked the taxpayers for helping make the theater “brand new again.”
Top photo: The theater can seat over 1,166 people for a show. (Credit: Walter Petrule courtesy)