BROADWAY COMES TO BABYLON!

The newly renovated & historic Argyle Theatre on Main Street in the Village of Babylon, NY, opened in Spring, 2018 with the musical Guys and Dolls, the first show in a full roster of musicals, concerts, comedy and other performances.

Historic Argyle Theatre

Broadway Comes to Babylon!

The newly renovated & historic Argyle Theatre on Main Street in the Village of Babylon, NY, opened in Spring, 2018 with the musical Guys and Dolls, the first show in a full roster of musicals, concerts, comedy and other performances. The theatre offers six annual main stage productions featuring performers from Actors Equity Association, the union for professional stage actors.

The much-anticipated performance venue has been brought back to life by Mark and Dylan Perlman, a father-son duo behind the $4-million project. Seaford residents Mark Perlman and Dylan Perlman have long dreamed of bringing high-quality live theatre to Long Island’s South Shore and have the found the ideal setting on Main Street in the beautiful Village of Babylon.

 

To help fuel the success of the Argyle Theatre project, the NYS Empire State Development Corporation awarded the Perlman’s a $150,000 grant, and the Babylon Town Industrial Development Agency awarded the theater tax breaks worth nearly $300,000.

 

Renovations of the Suffolk County theatre have been extensive, ranging from demolition of down walls, building a massive stage, painting, updating carpeting and curtains, installing state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, adding a bar to the upstairs lounge, and refurbishing the nearly 500-seat theatre’s iconic marquee and sign.

Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino said, “It’s going to be a fantastic boost for our downtown.”

 
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The Colorful Life of a
Historic Long Island Theatre

The Argyle Theatre has a rich history of entertainment reaching back to 1921 when a newspaper article in the Babylon Leader announced plans for a “$100,000 Theatre for Main Street.” With a 1,500-seat capacity, the new Capitol Theatre was expected to be “the finest theatre on the South Side.” The new entertainment venue would not only benefit residents, it would help Babylon become a more attractive summer resort for vacationers.

A 1923 playbill advertised daily performances ranging from vaudeville to adaptations of Broadway shows such as The Hero and East Side West Side.

In 1925, the Suffolk County theatre re-opened under new ownership as the Babylon Theatre, delighting audiences with its many modern improvements including a flashy electric marquis. An advertising campaign to surrounding communities was so successful that 500 people had to be turned away on opening night. It was obvious that the Babylon Theatre was poised for success.

Throughout the following decades, the Babylon Theatre survived two fires and several different owners as it continued operating as a modern cinema house until 2014.

“The support and good wishes of residents and businesses on Long Island and the tri-state area have been overwhelming,” said Mark Perlman. “We all share the joy of this victory as Babylon’s Main Street lights up once again with exhilarating live performances at the Argyle Theatre.”

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Staff Directory

Evan Pappas

Evan Pappas

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

As a critically acclaimed actor and director, San Francisco-born Evan Pappas brings nearly four decades of expertise to the Argyle Theatre as its Artistic Director.

Kate Keating

Kate Keating

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF
CHILDREN’S & EDUCATIONAL THEATRE

Kate is absolutely ecstatic to be combining her two passions of theater and education at the Argyle Theatre!

Dan Ostrander

Dan Ostrander

GENERAL MANAGER / COMPANY MANAGER

Dan Ostrander (Director of Operations) continues his long-standing involvement with the glorious building here at 34 West Main Street in the beautiful Village of Babylon.

Marty Rubin

Marty Rubin

GENERAL MANAGER / DIRECTOR OF SALES

Marty Rubin has been a Director of Sales on Long Island for many years. He has worked with many Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Long Island Associations, Non-Profit Organizations, small businesses, social clubs and large corporate clients in the Long Island and Metropolitan area.

Christine Golub

Christine Golub

DIRECTOR OF GROUP AND EDUCATIONAL SALE

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Ben Stein

Ben Stein

HOUSE MANAGER &
BOX OFFICE MANAGER

Every great story has a hometown hero and this production is no exception! Ben is a 4th generation Babylonian and super excited to be on board for this adventure.

Trisha Viola

Trisha Viola

Director of Advertising & Sponsorship Sales

Trisha Viola is a Director of Advertising & Sponsorship Sales professional who is known for her long-term client relationships, a service first approach to sales, and her dedication to arranging flawless events.

Michael Kauffman

Michael Kauffman

PRODUCTION MANAGER / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Michael brings his extensive background in production logistics and technologies for the opera, dance, theater, concert, and special event industries to the Argyle Theatre.

 

Meet the Owners

Dr. Mark Perlman

CO-OWNER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Together with his son, Mark is overjoyed to bring live theatrical productions to Babylon Village at The Argyle Theatre.

Dylan Perlman

CO-OWNER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Alongside his father, Mark Perlman, Dylan has worked with a passion to bring live theatrical productions to Long Island.