This theatre originally opened in June of 1932 as the Prudential’s Westhampton Theatre, reportedly designed by John Eberson. The theatre was later purchased by United Artists, who operated the theatre as a single-screen venue until the mid-1990’s. United Artists had plans to demolish the building until a group of concerned village residents and business owners stepped forward. The new group, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Inc, bought the theatre for $300,000 in May 1997. For more information about the theatre and the planned renovations, visit their webpage http://whbpac.org
The curtain will be closed in preparation for the center’s 15th anniversary season.By Erica Jackson, December 19, 2012 The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centerhas announced on its Facebook page that the center will be closing for a renovation project.”The WHBPAC will be ‘closing the curtain’ for a while as our venue undergoes a major refurbishment in preparation for the 15th anniversary season,” read the Facebook status update.
According to an article published on 27east and posted on PAC’s website, Clare Bisceglia, executive director of PAC, kicked off the project on her ten-year anniversary as executive director by creating a fund to raise $250,000 for the project.
With the money in hand, the theatre will be revamped with new paint, the refinishing of the stage floor, new carpeting and a new lighting system for the main lobby and hall.
All renovations are expected to be completed during January with the doors to the theatre re-opening on Feb. 5 with a children’s performance of We’re Going on a Bearhunt, followed in March by the theatre’s annual world cinema film series.
A 15th anniversary celebration will commence in the summer — a line up of performances is expected to be announced over the next several months.