Long Island's Hidden Past: Greenport Auditorium

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The Greenport Auditorium, built in 1894, is a Queen Anne-style auditorium still standing today.

Since the 1940s, the space has been used as a furniture store. Behind the couches and chairs, the historic theater portion of the auditorium is intact.

 

The Greenport Auditorium was commissioned by Sarah Jackson Adams, a Greenport community leader, and an avid advocate for women's suffrage.

Popular dramas, musicals and bands, played, pranced and danced across the theater's well-built stage. It was also used as a community center.

PODCAST: Preservation Long Island's Sarah Kautz shares the theater's history in a companion Hidden Past podcast for News 12 Talks Long Island:

According to local historians, the theater could hold 700 patrons, and if you were lucky enough, you got to sit in the balcony because it was the best seat in the house.

Today, much of the historic theater's structure and architecturally integrity remains, including the painted curtain wall and decorative chairs found in the attic.

Check out more Long Island's Hidden Past stories here.

More information on the Greenport Auditorium:
Preservation Long Island - Greenport Auditorium
Cinema Treasures - Greenport Auditorium
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