The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center in Patchogue
There's a new little place to see indie movies on Long Island -- The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center in Patchogue, where a nonprofit organization is now hosting screenings. The goal is to introduce audiences to works not often seen in multiplexes, says the center's co-founder Catherine Oberg. And to do so in a small, cozy environment that's a lot like what patrons may remember of the town's now-shuttered Plaza and Rialto movie theaters. Plaza MAC, as many have taken to calling it, opened in October on the ground floor of Artspace -- Patchogue's affordable live-work building for artists. There's a small lobby decorated with black-and-white photos of movie theaters from the 1900s, and a makeshift box office where tickets are sold. Patrons can pick up free popcorn in the concession area, where chips, candy and drinks are sold for a buck or two. Movies are screened in a cozy theater that can accommodate about 70 people -- seating is in padded folding chairs situated in tiers (cushioned movie theater chairs are due to arrive later this week). Films are projected onto a 9-by-16-foot screen.