Discover Long Island’s Newest Production House For Broadway-Caliber Theatre and More!
Get ready to discover a new live theatrical venue in Babylon! Construction is well underway at 34 West Main Street in Babylon Village, where we are eagerly transforming the former Bow Tie Cinema into a glorious single theatre space, complete with orchestra pit, balcony, and state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and rigging systems. The Argyle will become a destination for local residents, fellow Islanders and out-of-towners alike, to see the highest quality theatrical productions, concerts, comedy acts, film series, specialty shows, and educational programs right here in Babylon Village, Long Island.
Owning and operating The Argyle is a dream come true for father-son team, Mark and Dylan Perlman, who purchased the space in February of 2017. Having been immersed in the theatre’s renovations from the onset, the team is gearing up to open its doors for 2018. The Argyle will produce theatre and live entertainment in Babylon year-round, captivating audiences and employing talented performers. Classes and summer camp programs will be offered for those interested in the performing and technical arts, along with Children’s and Educational Theatre.
About The Argyle Theatre: The New Home for Performing Arts on Long Island
In addition to the main theatre space, which will comfortably seat 500 audience members (in the same chairs that once graced the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City), the Argyle will include a three-level backstage area that will feature dressing rooms, green rooms, bathrooms with showers, and a costume, laundry and repair room. These amenities will allow the Argyle to take local theatre to the next level by employing members of Actors’ Equity, the same union to which Broadway stars belong.
Those who want to support local theatre in Babylon will also be delighted by The Argyle’s concession area. While it maintains the retro charm of the former vintage movie theatre, parts of the lobby will be repurposed to create a modern bar area where patrons can purchase wine, beer, and cocktails and socialize in the new lounge. The Perlman’s will be providing an additional bar on the balcony level, as well.
Once The Argyle Theatre in Babylon Village opens its doors, patrons will be treated to Broadway-caliber musical theatre, plays, comedy, and so much more — without ever having to leave Long Island.
As Dylan Perlman, a working actor himself, explained to Greater Babylon, “We have highly experienced Broadway veterans coming on board to produce and direct. We want to be a convenient alternative for people from having to take a train or pay for parking and tolls,” as they do when they travel into the city.
The Argyle Theatre is estimated to attract over 100,000 visitors a year to Babylon with its diverse programming, cutting-edge operations, and luxurious surroundings. In a statement, Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino noted that “a performing arts space like this will make the village an even more desirable place to visit and to live.”
“It’s going to be a tremendous advantage for our business district to have a cultural arts center here,” he said. “I’m sure visitors will take advantage of walking through our beautiful village and visiting our restaurants and stores.”
What’s Next for the Argyle? Bringing Local Theatre to Babylon Village
Whether you’re a musical theatre buff or are more inclined to buy tickets to concerts or special events, there will be no shortage of coming attractions at The Argyle. And with so much support from the community, the nearly $3 million project is bound to be a total smash hit.
As Mark Perlman told Greater Babylon, “The reactions we’ve gotten have been tremendous; it feeds us… We’ve been grateful for the support and it keeps us going and optimistic.”
We at The Argyle hope you are just as optimistic about bringing the performing arts to Babylon Village as we are. To stay informed on local theatre in Babylon (including renovation updates, details on The Argyle’s grand opening, and tickets and dates for the upcoming season), be sure to subscribe to our email list and “like” our Facebook page.