Named on the National Register of Historic Places and the Preservation League of New York State’s “Seven to Save” list, the Montauk Playhouse is as much a local character as it is a lauded historic structure. Mention of this iconic building conjures images ranging from the fashionably clad tennis enthusiasts of the original 1929 Carl Fisher project, to World War II sailors who used it as an assembly hall, to locals catching a flick in canvas director chairs when it was the village movie house in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Closed in the early 1970s, for many years the building sat empty awaiting its fate.
In 1999, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation took the helm and with enthusiastic support from the community, the town of East Hampton offered a $6 million dollar bond to secure the future of the Playhouse. Today its development as a multi-faceted community center is bringing the Playhouse back to life as the heart of our community.
Click here for a timeline of the history of the Playhouse.