Logan CrawfordFeb 23, 2018, 8:21 pmFeb 26, 2018, 3:07 pm

Father and son aim to bring back historic theatre in Babylon to its former glory

Argyle Theatre first opened in 1922, before closing its doors in 2014


BABYLON — Contractors are at work renovating the Argyle Theatre. Having closed its doors in 2014, father and son Mark and Dylan Perlman of Seaford bought the property a year ago and have been fixing it up ever since.

"This opportunity would only come across once in my life, and it was more or less a new, exciting chapter in my life that I decided I’m going to go for it," said Mark Perlman.

The Perlmans say they want to restore the theatre to its former glory. The building first opened in 1922, over the years becoming a movie cinema until it closed more than three years ago. Once fully renovated, the theatre will feature plays, musicals, concerts, and more.

Perlman's son and business partner, Dylan, has had an interest in theatre most of his life.

"Where people will come to see shows and to be touched and to be moved, it's a really special thing," the younger Perlman said.

The Perlmans say they're financing most of the $3 million-project with some grants from New York state and PSEG. Some of the major modifications are the new orchestra pit they dug and the wide open space for the theater.

Once the theater opens in the spring, the Perlmans say they will be able to seat about 500 people inside for shows. They say there are a couple of more months of work left to do before they can open their doors.

"April of this year, and our Broadway productions will start on May 10th,” Mark Perlman said.

The Perlmans say they will be releasing more information about shows in the coming weeks. Both father and son hope the Argyle Theatre will be a great addition to the downtown area.

What's On Now & Next



Oyster Bay, New York