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Babylon Planning Board to discuss performing arts center

Dylan Perlman, left, and his father, Mark Perlman,

Dylan Perlman, left, and his father, Mark Perlman, are working to reopen the former Bow-Tie Cinemas in Babylon Village as a venue that offers live, Broadway-quality theater. Friday, July 1, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Babylon Village Planning Board on Thursday night is to take up an application for a proposed performing arts center on Main Street that village officials say could anchor the downtown business district.

Village trustees are scheduled to consider the project at their Aug. 9 meeting.

The application from Mark Perlman, a Seaford psychologist who would run the theater with his son, Dylan, proposes presenting plays, musicals, concerts, magicians, theater arts classes and a summer day camp at the former Bow Tie Cinemas at 34 West Main St.

According to the application, the Perlmans envision the facility operating from 10 a.m. to midnight most days, along with 24 midnight weekend shows and an additional five to 10 holiday shows per year. Performances on those nights would begin at midnight and run approximately two hours.

Two bars and two concession stands would operate inside. The application for the 450-seat theater, to be called The Argyle Theater at Babylon Village, does not address parking, a subject trustees said at their work session last Tuesday night they will investigate in coming weeks.

The Perlmans paid $1 million for the property and said earlier this summer they will spend another $1.5 million in renovations, including construction of a stage and dressing rooms. The Argyle would be Long Island’s second year-round professional theater, joining the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport and employing unionized Broadway players.

Village officials say a successful performing arts center in the theater, shuttered since 2014, could attract customers for the more than two dozen bars and restaurants nearby.

The Planning Board meets tonight at 8 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Village Hall, 153 West Main Street.


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