Press Coverage

North Fork Arts Center Invites Community To Volunteer Day To Help Transform The Historic Greenport Theater

by James Lane Post

The North Fork Arts Center presents a special Volunteer Day event on Saturday, April 15, from 11 AM to 1 PM at Greenport Theater. Community members are invited to support NFAC’s mission to rejuvenate the historic theater as a vibrant cultural arts center.

Nonprofit nears $1M goal to save the Greenport Theater, hosting open house April 15

by Nicholas Grasso

If all goes according to Tony Spiridakis’ plan, the historic Greenport Theater will not simply remain a movie theater, but rather grow into something more. When the historic movie house at 211 Front St. was listed for sale at $5.5 million back in January, Mr. Spiridakis, a filmmaker and lifelong patron of the theater, sprang into action.

Volunteer Day Will Kick Off Greenport Theater Revival Effort

by Beth Young

The North Fork Arts Center, a new non-profit that is working to raise $1 million to launch a community arts center at the historic Greenport Theater, is planning a Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 15, to encourage residents to join the effort to revive the theater as a new cultural arts center.

‘Transform Historic Greenport Theater’: Volunteer Day Event Ahead

by Lisa Finn

GREENPORT, NY – The community is opening its hearts to make the dream of transforming the historic Greenport Theater into a vibrant new North Fork Arts Center a reality.

So far, with a fundraising goal of $1 million, in less than three months, NFAC has already secured $860,000, seeking to ensure a sustainable future through continued funds and community backing.

NPR Interview with Tony Spiridakis, Chair of North Fork Arts Center

by Gianna Volpe

Manhattan Film Institute co-founder, Tony Spiridakis, joins Gianna Volpe in the WLIW-FM studio for The Heart of The East End Monday Meditation segment underwritten by OLA of Eastern Long Island to discuss the efforts to recreate, transform and preserve the Greenport Theater and create the North Fork Arts Center.

Editorial: Two downtown movie palaces must be saved

by The Suffolk Times

Riverhead and Greenport have long been graced with historic downtown movie palaces. Riverhead’s Main Street theater — The Suffolk — is an Art Deco gem, built in 1933 and hailed at its opening as “the Radio City Music Hall of Long Island.” More than 2,000 people attended its opening night ceremony.

Greenport’s historic Front Street theater reopened in 1939 after a 1915 building on the same site was destroyed by the September 1938 hurricane.

A Push to Revive the Greenport Theater

by Beth Young

A new community organization, the North Fork Arts Center, is working to raise $1 million to turn the Greenport Theater into a non-profit community arts center, just as the historic theater on Front Street was put up for sale for $5.5 million earlier this January.

The group is spearheaded by Manhattan Film Institute founders Tony Spiridakis and Lisa Gillooly, who worked with the theater’s owner, Josh Sapan, to fix the theater’s heating system in the winter of 2018-2019 and launched a successful winter film series there, which was cut short the following year by the beginning of the pandemic.

As historic theater is listed for $5.5M, an effort mounts to save it

by Tara Smith

A movie house that’s nearly a century old has hit the market in Greenport.

The historic Greenport Theater at 211 Front Street was listed for $5.5 million with John Catrambone of Dering Harbor Real Estate earlier this week. A real estate listing also notes that the property is being offered for sale or long-term lease.

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