E. Patchogue residents want old theater gone
Protesters picketed the Plaza Theater in East Patchogue Saturday, calling on town officials to demolish the site they say has become a magnet for drug addicts.
Residents say the crumbling building on Main Street, which was boarded up 25 years ago, is an eyesore that hurts the community's reputation.
Town officials say the owner of the theater, Manhattan real estate developer Edmondo Schwartz, has refused to sell the property. The town now plans to take Schwartz to court.
"We're looking to condemn the property for public purposes, and then the county will step in to purchase it and flip it to a developer," says Brookhaven Town Councilman Tim Mazzei.