Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
The Westbury Movie Theater, a landmark on Post Avenue for the past 86 years, is still undergoing massive renovations, as the village of Westbury hopes to transform the space to a cultural center unlike any other in Nassau County.
The village has formed a Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, which will focus on bringing arts and cultural activities to the downtown area. The group will draw on the interests and talents of people not only from Westbury, but also from neighboring communities to bring varied programs of all types to the new theater.
The village is hoping to make the venue home to concerts, dinner theaters, film festivals, art exhibits, comedy shows and more. They have already received almost a hundred requests about the space. A person who used to work at Radio City Music Hall has also been hired to be in charge of booking entertainment.
Mayor Peter Cavallaro noted that there is a tremendous interest in seeing Westbury develop.
“From the time I’ve been in community service, this idea has received the more positive, spontaneous support than anything else I’ve done,” Cavallaro said.
Cavallaro says that he hopes that this project will have a transformative effect on the downtown and will take Post Avenue one step closer to becoming a destination for people.
“This will take Post Avenue and the community at large to another level. It’s an exciting time to be here and involved in the village” Cavallaro said.
And while problems will surely accompany the new theater, namely the lack of parking on Post Avenue, Cavallaro says that these are good problems to have.
“I’d much rather have to deal with all the people who want to be in our community than dilapidated buildings,” Cavallaro said.
The theater, which has been a landmark on Post Avenue since 1927, first opened as a movie theater and has been vacant for the past several years. Crews are busy installing state of the art lighting, sound systems, and renovating the interior décor to provide a high quality entertainment center that will now be called The Space at Westbury.
While there’s no official date yet on when the doors will be opened, the mayor is optimistic that people will be able to enjoy the Space by summer. For more information, visit www.thespaceatwestbury.com.