FAQS About The Patchogue Theatre
Who owns the Patchogue
The fully renovated and
restored historic Patchogue Theatre is owned by the taxpayers of the
Incorporated Village of Patchogue.
How was the purchase,
restoration and renovation of the Theatre financed?
The Theatre was purchased
for the Village through loans from three local businessmen. The Village paid for
the restoration and renovation with 15 year municipal bonds. Much of the
restoration work was done by volunteers.
What is the story behind
the renovation and restoration of the Patchogue Theatre?
The Patchogue Theatre stood
empty and abandoned for many years until 1996. Much of the original decor had
been preserved under the drywall, wallpaper and plywood which had been installed
in the late 1950s. The full stage and orchestra pit were still intact, as were
the stage-side Juliets (balconies). Patchogue Village took title to the
building and made the investment in restoring the Theatre building even to
installing period cast iron seats from Shubert’s Imperial on Broadway.
Since 2004, the Theatre has maintained a state-of-the-art world class sound
system and Broadway lighting and rigging.
Who operates the Patchogue
The Patchogue Theatre for
the Performing Arts, a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation, manages,
operates and maintains the Patchogue Theatre as a venue for the performing arts.
What is the Patchogue
Theatre for the Performing Arts?
The Patchogue Theatre for
the Performing Arts, Inc. is a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation, tax
exempt under §501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The not-for-profit
corporation Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers responsible for managing,
operating, and maintaining the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts as a
major entertainment venue for Long Island. The not-for-profit Corporation has a
long term lease with the Incorporated Village of Patchogue and pays rent to the
Village from its operating revenues.
The Patchogue Theatre for
the Performing Arts is subject to regulation by the Charities Registration unit
of the New York State Attorney General, and its tax exempt status is regulated
by the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance and the United States
Internal Revenue Service. Each year the not-for-profit corporation files tax
returns with both the federal and state government. The books, records and
accounting system of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Inc. are
audited each year by an independent auditing firm and the audit report is filed
with the State of New York in accordance with its regulations governing
not-for-profit public benefit corporations.
Does the Mayor or the
Patchogue Village Administration have anything to do with operation and
management of the Patchogue Theatre?
No. The Board of Directors
of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts operates and manages the
Patchogue Theatre. A member of the Patchogue Village Board serves as liaison
with the Theatre to maintain communication on matters involving the Theatre
Do the Patchogue Village
taxpayers contribute any money to operations of the Theatre?
No. The Patchogue Theatre
is financially independent of Patchogue Village. The Patchogue Theatre operates
on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, and has since it opened.
What is the mission of the
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts?
The Patchogue Village
Theatre for the Performing Arts seeks to preserve one of Long Island’s historic
landmarks as a leading cultural Theatre by presenting a broad spectrum of
national and international performing artists as well as providing a home for
the gifted and talented members of the local and regional community. The Theatre
manages and maintains the theater as a full-time mixed-use venue, offering live
performances, films, educational presentations, commercial productions,
community forums, and other appropriate events from a diverse spectrum of
producers and organizations for the entertainment of a wide-ranging audience at
How is the Patchogue
Theatre for the Performing Arts fulfilling its mission?
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, together with a large group of
volunteers who provide all manner of needed support for Theatre performances,
has made the Patchogue Theatre a major regional entertainment center.
When the fully restored and
renovated Patchogue Theatre reopened in December, 1998, Long Island’s facilities
for the performing arts were for the most part limited to the auditoriums of
local colleges and public schools, regional play houses with seating capacities
of less than 500, and municipal halls or auditoriums.
The Patchogue Theatre for
the Performing Arts offers performers not only a high profile, high quality
venue—the Patchogue Theatre—but also the most advanced equipment needed to stage
professional productions. The art deco Theatre Lobby is an intimate
independent performance venue and the established long running feature programs
Live in the Lobby, All That Jazz, and Music On Main Street,
local talent finally has a place to call home, a reason to stay, and the
opportunity to enrich the lives of the community.
How much is the Patchogue
Theatre actually utilized?
During the last fiscal year
of the not-for-profit Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts—from June 1,
2010 through May 31, 2011—the Theatre was active for 216 days. There were 195
performances and an additional 21 days of rehearsals and production set ups. The
ultimate goal of the Theatre Management is to light Main Street for the entire
How are shows and
performers “booked” for the Patchogue Theatre?
Generally producers and
production companies rent the Theatre for a show or performance. The rates for
use of the Theatre are competitive and vary according to day of the week and
season of the year just as all Theaters throughout the Metropolitan area.
Because the Theatre receives no operating subsidies from Patchogue Village or
any other source, rates for use of the Patchogue Theatre must cover all the
expenses associated with operating the Theatre.
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts produces a number of shows and
performances throughout the year to meet its commitment to serving the local
community by providing quality family entertainment at affordable prices while
promoting audience development for live music and the performing arts.
Who actually “manages” the
There are only two full
time salaried positions: Executive Director and General Manager. The Executive
Director makes the daily management decisions necessary to keep the Theatre
operating, represents the Theatre in negotiations with producers, production
companies and performers, is responsible for all the details of contracts and
other agreements associated with performances at the Theatre, maintaining the
Theatre building and relationships with the building owner and landlord, the
Incorporated Village of Patchogue. The Executive Director is responsible to and
reports to the Board of Directors of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing
The General Manager of the
Theatre manages the building, schedules employees, supervises the house managers
during performances and accommodates performers during their appearances at the
Theatre. The current General Manager came to us from Lincoln Center in
A number of part-time
employees and expert consultants help make the Patchogue Theatre a truly
professional venue, one of the finest in the Metropolitan area.
The House Managers are part
time hourly employees who make sure that the Theatre is properly represented
during performances and that the patrons are comfortable and safe.
An outside professional
contractor takes care of all the technical aspects of production, sound and
lighting at the Theatre.
Box Office is staffed by part-time hourly employees who sell tickets from Noon
to 6PM seven days a week and during all the shows.
Why are there so few
“major” acts performing at the Patchogue Theatre?
“Major” acts require
guarantees of more than $75,000 and an advance cash deposit of at least $30,000.
The Theater at Westbury which is operated by Live Nation Entertainment,
which operates 88 entertainment venues throughout the United States. Their
contracts contain covenants not to compete which are strictly enforced. This
means that a show or performer who appears at Westbury cannot appear at
the Patchogue Theatre. This is a problem with booking many nationally touring
Well-known artists are
generally booked from 18 to 30 months in advance of their appearance. They
require an advance deposit of 50% on signing the contract with the entire
balance due before the performance begins. The Patchogue Theatre for the
Performing Arts must wait five business days after the curtain falls at the end
of the performance before it can collect on its ticket sales. Unless the show
has a sponsor willing to make that “up-front” investment, there is no way that
such acts can be booked.
The final problem arises in
the price of tickets for a “big name” performer as our mission includes keeping
ticket prices “affordable”. There are approximately 1200 seats for sale at any
performance. If the price of the performance is $100,000 and the cost of
production, advertising and promotion is $20,000, the minimum average ticket
price has to be $100 and the Theatre has to sell every seat, just to break even
unless a sponsor is willing to contribute financially.
Why can’t the Patchogue
Theatre present the same kinds of performers as the
Performing Arts Theatre?
The 425 seat Westhampton
Beach Performing Arts Theatre is heavily subsidized by benefactors and
residents of the community. Without a substantial endowment, the Patchogue
Theatre for the Performing Arts cannot commit large amounts of capital for
long periods of time. The principle source of income for the not-for-profit
Theatre is from the sale of tickets.