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Floral Park New York Historical Marker #6 - The Floral Theater on the Historical Walking Tour built in 1927

Floral Park NY Historical Marker #6

Historical Marker  #6


•  The Floral Theater  • 
Jericho Turnpike & Park Place, Floral Park NY.
 

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Floral Park NY Historical Marker #6 - The Floral Theatre, once considered the grandest theatre in Nassau County, was built in 1927 by John McNeill, a contractor/builder, who eventually became mayor of Floral Park.

The Floral Theatre, once considered the grandest theatre in Nassau County, was built in 1927 by John McNeill, a contractor/builder, who eventually became mayor of Floral Park.

 

The theatre was the dream of theatrical promoter Michael Glynne. It was equipped to present both silent and talking movies, vaudeville acts, dance troupes and newsreels. It had over 1,600 seats and was the first theatre in the area to have a balcony.

 

In later years, the Floral Park Police Benevolent Association sponsored entertaining shows with celebrity appearances. The Stack family, owners of Nassau Drug Store, sponsored a free, annual Christmas party for children. For decades, the theatre remained a cultural and civic center of the Village. 

 When the building was sold in the 1990s, the new owners respected the building’s history and the architectural charm of the interior and the exterior of the building. The restoration of the ceiling is magnificent.

 

Now in 2019 as the Floral Terrace, an upscale banquet hall, it is still welcoming to the community in a grand manner.

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