2 East Main Street, Smithtown, New York 787
631) 724 - 3700
Smithtown Performing Arts Center
DescriptionThe Smithtown Performing Arts Center is located at 2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY.
Parking is available in several lots close to the theater (see website), or on the street.
On the sidewalk to the right of the entrance is a bench.
The street level entrance has a set of double doors, then another set of doors to the large, carpeted lobby.
Seating is available in the lobby area.
Single-occupancy restrooms are located in a large room to the left of the lobby.
A single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located at the rear of the orchestra section.
Access to orchestra seating does not require any steps. Wide aisles lead to roomy seats.
Wheelchair seating is at the back of the orchestra section. "Ushers are available to assist patrons to their seats if they wish to transfer from a wheelchair to a theater seat. They ask that you let the box office know when booking tickets so that they can be sure to assist patrons upon arrival." (website)
Balcony seating requires walking up the stairs. Non-handicapped restrooms are available on this level.
Drinks and snacks are available before the performance and during intermission.
- Terrain: flat
Places to rest: bench in front of theater
Doors: double doors to enter, then double doors to lobby
Steps and staircases: to balcony seats
Width of aisles: wide, easy to maneuver on orchestra level
Places to sit: seating in lobby
Location of restrooms: in left lobby; in back of orchestra seating and 2nd level
Type of restroom: single-occupancy on both levels; single -occupanc, handicapped-accessible is located in rear of orchestra seating
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: snacks and drinks in lobby
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Parking is available on the street or in tow lots cloy. Check website for locations.** Wheelchair seating is available in back of orchestra. Wheelchair users who wish to transition of theater seats please let the box office know when you purchase tickets and they will have an usher assist you.
An ad for “”West Side Story”” stirred wonderful memories of seeing it on Broadway with my aunt long, long ago. I was somewhat skeptical of how good a production it could be, considering that it was being done in Smithtown.
With an OK from my husband and two of our friends we decided to get some tickets.
We headed to Smithtown for an early dinner and then on to the show. The first thing we discussed was how easy it was to get there. No traffic on this Saturday evening and parking directly in front of the restaurant (just like allowing two hours to get into Manhattan).
After a lovely dinner (see listing for Butera’s Smithtown) we moved the car down the block to the theater. Although the theater’s website lists several parking lots close by, we found parking on the street.
The theater is another of the historic structures that have been saved and refurbished for “the purpose of bringing high quality professional entertainment to Smithtown and the surrounding community.” (website)
One of the first things I noticed was a bench just outside the entrance. A nice touch if one needs a seat before the doors open, or if one just wants to “people watch.”
Double doors opened to the entry and another set of doors got us to the large, carpeted lobby. We found some seating in the lobby as well as a grand piano. I wondered if it is used for some casual performs? We also found a large room to the left of the lobby with some tables and seating,as well as a single occupancy ladies’ and men’s restroom A single-occupancy handicapped-accessible restroom is located at the back of the orchestra seats.
Access to our orchestra seats was very easy. Wide aisles and no steps made getting to our row easy. We were impressed by how roomy the seats were. No need to stand up to let someone pass by to their seats.
Wheelchair seating is at the back of the orchestra section. The theater’s website says that “ushers are available to assist patrons to their seats if they wish to transfer from a wheelchair to a theater seat. They ask that you “let the box office know when booking tickets so they can be sure to assist you upon arrival.”
Seating in the balcony requires walking the steps. The restrooms at this level are not handicapped-accessible.
The theater is not that large, so even though our seats were at the back of the orchestra we were able to see well.
On our way home our conversation centered around how terrific the production was, what good voices everyone had, what good actors there were, and how good the choreography was. We need to remember that good theater is available on Long Island and we need to support it!
All in all a lovely evening!
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.smiownpac.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”