The Town of Huntington has approved spending up to $100,000 to replace its Thimble Theater -- the 40-year-old portable stage the town uses for official announcements and not-for-profit events.
Officials said the stage has outlived its useful life span and can’t be repaired.
The town council approved the spending at the Jan. 12 board meeting. The money will come from the Parks and Recreation Capital Improvements Reserve Fund.
In years past, town residents have seen the mobile theater pop up around Huntington for various events, including the Sons of Italy Columbus Day Parade; the East Northport Chamber of Commerce annual festival; the Greenlawn Fire Department’s Firemen’s Fair; and at legendary musician John Coltrane’s former Dix Hills home for the Coltrane Music Festival.
The Commack and Elwood School Districts have also used the stage for their events.
Huntington has posted a notice on its website that the Thimble Theater will be unavailable during the 2016 season. Until officials purchase a new stage, the town has three smaller portable stages available to rent out to community and other groups that typically used the equipment.