Smithtown Community Unites with Local Officials to Unveil Major Restoration Effort of the Smithtown Performing Arts Center
Elected Officials united with the Smithtown arts and local business community last week, nine months to the date after the initial call to action to help save the Main Street Theater. On Wednesday, June 8th, Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, together with his administration (Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, Councilman Tom Lohmann, Town Clerk Vincent Puleo, and Tax Receiver Deanna Varricchio) and Legislator Rob Trotta, joined with Smithtown Center for Performing Arts President Mike Mucciolo and his board members, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Franco, and various Smithtown Business Owners to unveil details of the upcoming restoration of the Smithtown Performing Arts Center.
“I can not express just how vital the Theatre is to the business district's successful revitalization transformation. I have the utmost faith in the Smithtown Performing Arts Council and I look forward to our continued partnership in restoring the anchor of Main Street in Smithtown.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim
The Smithtown Performing Arts Council, a nonprofit organization who has successfully taken ownership of the theatre property, unveiled plans to restore and renovate the outside and interior of the building. A short promotional public service announcement aired during the press conference, along with an architectural rendering and a breakdown of the capital program.
The Main Street Theater has been a driving economic force for the community since its inception as a single screen theater in 1932. The Smithtown Performing Arts Center was listed for sale in mid August of 2021, creating an urgent plea for community-wide support to save the theater. Without the anchor to the Smithtown Business District, the fate of the local economy would be uncertain. In late May, the Smithtown Performing Arts Council successfully closed on the purchase of the historic theater, with big plans to “Bring the Light Back to Main Street.”
The Smithtown Performing Arts Center is located at 2 E. Main Street in Smithtown.
To Donate to Save the Smithtown Theater, Visit: https://gofund.me/93a0c9fe.