The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore is a premier cultural institution of Long Island arts. They offer programs, classes, and events including music, dance, film, and spoken word. The venue was constructed within the former Regent Movie Theater located on Main Street in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. Throughout the 1960s the Regent saw unhappy years, first as a porno house, and then as a failed entertainment venue. The theater finally closed in the late eighties. Local philanthropists, the Boultons, purchased the theater in 1997 and completed the two million dollar construction in 2003.
The 261 seat stadium style theater offers the audience and performers an intimate environment and excellent site lines. The stage is 25 feet deep and 40 feet wide; there are backstage dressing rooms. The first floor main lobby is graced by an elegant concession stand. Rest rooms, office space and a ticket booth take up the remainder of the first floor space. Lighting, sound and projection booths are located on the second floor. There is also a 1,000 square foot multiple purpose space that can be used for classes, rehearsal, receptions, and art exhibits. The facility is completely handicap accessible (including an elevator).
- This venue, although rarely (if ever) booked, receives 5/5 stars on terms of satisfaction and professionalism.