71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 207 - 1300 box office (631) 207 - 1313
DescriptionThe Patchogue Theater is located at 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY. Metered parking is available on the street, in a public parking lot behind the theater, or in a public lot behind businesses across Main Street. Some of the parking is paid parking. Lot 1 is metered parking. Lot 3, behind and to the east of the Theatre, is not metered. If a parking space has a number, it is metered and you therefore need to pay at the pay station. The street level, main entrance accommodates everyone. It is possible to exit the theater at street level directly into the parking lot behind the building.
Aisles on the main level are wide, with a gentle incline and lighting along both sides. Wheelchairs can be accommodated in two sections at the back of the orchestra. Balcony seating requires walking up a full flight of carpeted steps. There is no elevator. Drinks and snacks are available at the bar in the lobby.
Easy to enter, multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located in the lobby.
- Location of handicapped spaces: In parking lots behind theater and across Main Street - Some of the parking is pay parking. Lot 1 is metered parking. Lot 3 (behind and to the east of the Theatre), is generally not metered. However, if the parking space has a number, it is metered and one must pay at the pay station, located in the parking lot.
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: not too far
Transportation to venue offered: no
Places to rest: benches on sidewalk in front of main entrance
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalks
Location of handicapped entrance: street level at main entrance
Doors: double doors
Number of floors: 2
Steps and staircases: stairs to balcony
Width of aisles: wide
Places to sit: no seats in lobby
Location of restrooms: in lobby
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: open doors make entry and exit easy
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: bar in lobby serves drinks and snacks
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Wheelchair users must enter building through the main entrance but can exit the theater at street level directly into the parking lot behind the theater if you are parked there.
A concert by Jake Shimabukuro, a “ukelele virtuoso,” brought us to The Patchogue Theater of the Performing Arts. We had never heard of him, but were drawn to the description of his “fast and complex finger work.” (Wikipedia) Wow! He did not disappoint.
The theater is located on Main Street, in the heart of Patchogue. Parking can be found in a public lot directly behind the building, on the street (if you are lucky), or in a lot behind the businesses directly across Main Street (See description for further details).
Everyone must enter the building through the double door, street level main entrance. We found out that you can exit the building at street level directly into the parking lot behind the theater. The carpeted lobby is quite spacious, with a large bar serving drinks and snacks.
Although there is balcony seating, there is no elevator to that level. A full flight of carpeted stairs are the only way up. Handicapped seating is available in two sections at the rear of the orchestra.
As we walked through the lobby and into the theater to take our seats we alwways take note of the beauty of this venue. It reminded us of the glorious movie theaters we had frequented in our youth. This venue has been restored. It originally opened in 1923, playing host to vaudeville, burlesque, and silent films. The cost was 40 cents for adults and half price for kids. The building closed down in 1987, but was restored to its former grandeur in 1997. The Patchogue Theater operates as a non-profit organization. All of its friendly, helpful staff are volunteers.
It is Suffolk County’s largest theater with 944 orchestra and 222 balcony seats plus two sections for disabled seating. With 140 performances, over 130,000 people came through its doors last year. Their mission is to present “…a broad spectrum of performing arts for the benefit of a wide-ranging audience at affordable prices.” (website) What a wonderful new life!
Getting to our seats was easy, with wide aisles and a gentle incline. Lighting along both sides is helpful. The seats are comfortable.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are at the rear of the lobby, close to the orchestra seating .
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.patchoguetheater.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”