215 South Country Road, Bellport, NY, 11713
(631) 286 - 1133
Gateway Playhouse (Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County)
DescriptionThe Gateway Playhouse is located at 215 South Country Road in Bellport, NY. Handicapped parking is available in a dedicated lot just across from the main entrance. The lot is flat, but not paved, making it somewhat rough.
A wooden ramp goes to the double door, main entrance. The spacious lobby has seating, as well as a bar offering snacks and drinks.
Spacious restrooms with a large handicapped accessible stall are easily accessed directly from the lobby.
A slight incline gets one into the theater itself. The aisles are wide. There are no steps to any of the seats. Wheelchairs are easily accommodated in the rear.
- Attraction Type: theater
Number of accessible spaces: *
Location of accessible spaces: *
Surface of lot: flat, gravel
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: na
Terrain: flat, grassy, gravel, paved
Places to rest: chairs and tables outside
Paths and walkways: gravel and wooden ramp
Location of accessible entrance: main entrance
Number of floors: 1
Ramps: slight incline from lobby to theater
Steps and staircases: none
Width of aisles: wide
Places to sit: benches in lobby
Location of restrooms: in lobby
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: snacks available at the bar
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * An entire handicapped designated parking lot is directly across from the main entrance. The lot is flat, gravel. If this is too difficult passengers can be dropped off directly in front of the main entrance ramp.
A nice summer evening brought us to the Gateway Playhouse for a performance of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” The Gateway, celebrating its 65th birthday, is the oldest professional theater on Long Island.
Gateway is located in a country setting in Bellport. We drove up to find a red barn-like structure that would fit anywhere in New England.
Handicapped parking is located in a dedicated lot just across from the main entrance. The lot is flat, but not paved, making it somewhat rough. We noticed some patrons being dropped off in front of the entrance, with the driver proceeding to the parking lot.
Because it was a lovely evening we found many people relaxing at the tables and chairs located just outside the entrance. A wooden ramp led us to the open doors that took us directly into the lobby, where we also found seating. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar in the lobby.
Spacious restrooms with a large handicapped accessible stall are located in the lobby.
A slight incline got us into the theater itself. Reminiscent of a barn with exposed wooden beams, the theater seems larger than its 500-seat capacity. The aisles are wide. Wheelchairs can easily be accommodated in the rear.
Although we had the farthest seats on the left in our row, viewing was still good. The same can probably be said about all seats.
We found this venue to be an easy and enjoyable summer experience, making us feel like we were on vacation yet not far from home. The performance was wonderful!
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, http://www.thegateway.org">www.thegateway.org, when planning a visit to “know before you go.”