The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts of the Great South
Bay YMCA seeks to establish itself as a premier cultural institution
on Long Island. The YMCA Boulton Center’s mission is to provide
high quality arts programs that entertain, educate and inspire
the culturally, racially and economically diverse population
of Long Island. A wide range of programs and classes are offered
across the arts spectrum including music, dance, film and spoken
word. Particular emphasis is placed on education and outreach.
As economic conditions threaten to cause deep cuts school
arts and cultural programs, YMCAs around the nation are now developing
cultural programs to meet the unmet cultural needs of their communities.
The YMCA mission places great emphasis on developing spirit,
mind and body. It is our view that the arts are an integral part
of that triangle. At our own Great South Bay YMCA, we have introduced
cultural arts programs in our free pre-teen and teen centers,
as well as in our traditional fee based programming to a receptive
and growing audience.
The opening of the YMCA Boulton Center will
provide the Great South Bay YMCA with a state of the art venue
for expanded cultural arts offerings, enabling us to enrich the
lives of the Long Island community.
The YMCA Boulton Center has been constructed within the former
Regent Movie Theater (@1929), located on Main Street Bay Shore,
New York. After a "golden age" that extended through
the 1960s, the Regent saw some very unhappy years as a porno
house and then a failed entertainment venue. The theater finally
closed it doors in the late eighties. Years later, the shuttered
theater was purchased by local philanthropists Frank and Karen
Boulton and was gifted to the Great South Bay YMCA in December
of 1997. Construction on the two million dollar YMCA Boulton Center
was completed in December of 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).
The YMCA Boulton Center will offer:, theatre productions, concerts,
film, dance, cabaret, jazz, poetry and play readings, student
productions, children’s entertainment, YMCA cultural arts
events, lectures, and seminars. Well established local presenting
organizations such as the Islip Arts Council will play a key
role in the programming of the YMCA Boulton Center.
The venue will
also be available for rent to the business community and community
groups. The YMCA’s Performing Arts program, which includes
a summer performing arts camp, and the children that attend it
will greatly benefit from the availability of state of the art