Looking back and forward at Patchogue

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 14, 2009 at 7:51 am

PATCHOGUE, NY — With an urban revival about to take place, locals look towards the Plaza Theater to tie together the new downtown.

Today the East Main Street movie theater invokes memories for people such as Tim Mazzei, a lifelong Blue Point resident and now a Brookhaven Town councilman. Mazzei, 54, remembers sneaking off to the Plaza as a young boy some 45 years ago to watch a certain Alfred Hitchcock movie – one about birds – that his parents had forbidden him to see because it would terrify him.

The Plaza showed its last movie more than 20 years ago and has since descended into disrepair. The empty marquee, crumbling facade and boarded entrance are eyesores, and town officials say it has become a haven for drug use, vagrants and vandalism.

And Mazzei is now helping lead the charge to get the Plaza torn down – finally.

Read the full story at Newsday.

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Comments (3)

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on April 15, 2009 at 6:41 am

Time for the theater to go….Like this for years…..A sad ending to a sad theater.Never did well even when it was open.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 7:53 am

A real shame, but I agree, it’s time for it to go. The place has been an eyesore for more than 20 years, and while I have happy memories of the place as a kid, the place is so trashed and such a blight on Main Street right now that it HAS to go, and soon.

MPol on May 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm

That’s so sad…really. It’s too bad that a once-very nice theatre was allowed to deteriorate to the point where it’ll more than likely be torn down, as opposed to being renovated and converted back into a theatre of some kind or other.

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