Our Story

Montauk isn’t just a beach destination, it’s a community – and a very special one at that. With striking natural beauty, world-class dining, and a long history of being home to artists, writers, musicians, and athletes, Montauk is truly in a class by itself.

Though vibrant and diverse, the Montauk community lacked a place where they could congregate, exercise, and enjoy cultural events year-round. In 1999, The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation, Inc. (MPCCF) was founded with a mission to save the historic Montauk Playhouse and create a vibrant home for arts, education, athletics and human services.

Thanks to the efforts of the Montauk community and the Town of East Hampton, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center has been beautifully restored. Owned and operated by the Town, the eastern half of the Playhouse has been operational since the spring of 2006. This half of the Playhouse is home to Town services, non-for-profits, and for-profits. Over the past decade, the Playhouse has become indispensable to the local community. Visit our current facilities page to learn more about what is currently operating in the Playhouse.

Despite the enormous progress, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation’s mission is not complete. The MPCCF holds a long-term lease with the Town of East Hampton to develop and operate the unfinished western half of the building.

Future plans for the Playhouse include:

  • an aquatic center and
  • a multi-purpose cultural center that can accommodate live theater, conferences, art fairs and more.

The MPCCF is working tirelessly to raise the funds needed to construct the aquatic and cultural centers. Once complete, the Playhouse will be the center of this community, with facilities and programs that best serve Montauks needs—now, and for generations to come. Find out how you can get involved and be a part of realizing this dream.

Faces of Montauk"The Montauk Playhouse is a beautiful asset to the town, visually, physically and spiritually.”

– George W.