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The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center in Patchogue

A view of the cozy

A view of the cozy "Blue Velvet" Lounge in the lobby of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012) Photo by Daniel Brennan Photo Credit: Photo by Daniel Brennan

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.

Campbell Dalglish, co-founder of the Plaza Media Arts
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Campbell Dalglish, co-founder of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue, introduces the film "Angels Crest" to the audience at the front of the intimate theater space. (Feb. 11, 2012)

Esther Glass (center), of Patchogue, attends a screening
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Esther Glass (center), of Patchogue, attends a screening of "Angels Crest" with her friends Arline Fassman (left) and Judy Bird (right), at the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012)

Patrons purchase their tickets to see
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Patrons purchase their tickets to see "Angels Crest" in the lobby of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012)

Patrons purchase their tickets to see
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Patrons purchase their tickets to see "Angels Crest" in the lobby of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012)

Bright lights zig zag near the entrance of
Photo Credit: Photo by Daniel Brennan

Bright lights zig zag near the entrance of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012)

An exterior view of the entrance to the
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An exterior view of the entrance to the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012)

A view of the cozy
Photo Credit: Photo by Daniel Brennan

A view of the cozy "Blue Velvet" Lounge in the lobby of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue. (Feb. 11, 2012) Photo by Daniel Brennan

Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center

Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center, 20 Terry
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Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center, 20 Terry St., Patchogue: Independent film house also offering workshops, guest speakers and other events.

Campbell Dalglish, co-founder of the Plaza Media Arts
Photo Credit: Photo by Daniel Brennan

Campbell Dalglish, co-founder of the Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue, introduces the film "Angels Crest" to the audience at the front of the intimate theater space. (Feb. 11, 2012)

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