THE PLAZA THEATRE, EAST PATCHOGUE, NY
Original photo taken by John Paraskevas
Finally, about 100 people gathered to see and cheer the long overdue bulldozing of The Plaza Theatre in E. Patchogue. This theater, which sat empty for 25 years, is a real eyesore on the community's main street and is, at least, partially responsible for holding up the renewal of this area.
The delay stemmed from the fact that the Manhattan-based owner had repeatedly refused to sell the property and had little interest in updating it either. It took many years for the Town of Brookhaven to acquire it through eminent domain and to acquire funds towards the $725,000 cost of demolition.
A judge's ruling will most likely determine the owner's compensation for this building. The town has plans to sell the property for development. Residents have expressed an interest in a grocery store or possibly even another movie theater, according to news sources.