Welcome to the John W. Engeman Theater
The John W. Engeman Theater is Long Island’s only year-round professional theater, casting its actors directly from the Broadway talent pool. Featuring stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and The Green Room Piano Bar and Lounge. Opening it’s doors in 2007, the Engeman Theater has organized 63 Main Stage Productions of some of Broadway’s finest musicals and plays. We have also proudly opened our doors for numerous special events and fundraisers for various organizations.
Box Office Hours & Contact
- Monday-Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
- Extended hours on show nights.
- Tel: 631-261-2900
In addition to Northport’s municipal parking lots, complimentary valet parking service is provided, subject to availability. Please arrive at least one half hour before performance time. Additional Directions & Parking info.
Disabled Guest Services
Integrated wheel chair and companion seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.
Accessible restroom on main floor. Assisted Listening System — lightweight, wireless headsets are available at the box office counter free of charge at all performances.
The Green Room
The Green Room piano bar and lounge is located inside the lobby of the John W. Engeman Theater and is open one hour before the show for ticket holders only and after the show to the general public. Craft Beers, select wines, cocktails and soft drinks are available for purchase. We also serve gourmet cheese and cracker boards.
In-seat Beverage Service
Servers are available to take orders for Craft Beers, select wines, cocktails and soft drinks before the performance and during intermission.
For your convenience, restrooms are located on the main floor and on the mezzanine level.
No one under the age of four will be allowed into any main stage production. Guests should check for additional age recommendations for individual shows.
Please take note of the location of red exit signs throughout the theater. In the event of a fire or emergency – walk, do not run – to the nearest exit.
No Smoking Policy
The John W. Engeman Theater and The Green Room piano bar and lounge are designated as smoke-free environments. Smoking is not permitted.*
*This includes electronic cigarettes
John William Engeman, brother and brother-in-law to current theater owners Patti and Kevin O’Neill, was born to Elizabeth and Joseph Engeman on July 8, 1960. He grew up with his one brother and five sisters in East Northport, New York. In August of 1978 John entered the Army as an enlisted mechanic. He was selected as a Warrant Officer (Ordinance/Maintenance) in 1988. He was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Four on March 1, 2002. John met and married his wife, Donna, while the two were stationed in Würzburg, Germany. They have a son, Captain Patrick Engeman, a daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Timothy McKenna.
John served our nation on active duty for over twenty-eight years. He deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, Hurricane Andrew relief, Kosovo/Bosnia Peacekeeping, an assignment to Nigeria, and to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served multiple tours in Germany and Korea, and at Fort Knox, Fort Drum and most recently, West Virginia. At the time of his death, John was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 312th Training Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, 78th Division, based at Fort Bragg, and was serving on the Military Transition Team assisting the Iraqi people in establishing their own security forces. The Iraqis have honored John by placing his biography and picture in the Iraqi Hall of Martyrs. The Hall of Martyrs honors all of the Iraqis who have died fighting for a free and democratic Iraq.
Among his many awards are the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, War on Terrorism Medal. He has been awarded the Purple Heart due to his death as a result of hostile enemy action in Iraq.
John enjoyed the theater, both on-stage and backstage. While stationed in Europe he participated in the Army’s community theater, playing the traveling salesman in “Music Man,” one of the bottle dancers in “Fiddler on the Roof” and he won an Army theater award for his role in a one-act play called “The Whole Shebang.”
Northport’s first movie house was built in 1912 at 256 Main Street, but movies were only one of its uses: It’s grand opening included a vaudeville show, and over the years the space was used for high school commencement ceremonies, political rallies, children’s recitals and even basketball games, when space in the building was leased by the school system for use as a gymnasium. The early movies were silent films, accompanied by a pianist. Admission to evening shows was 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for children. The Northport trolley added an evening trip in 1913, so that East Northport residents could get home after the movies. Talkies didn’t come to Northport until about 1930, when a local businessman leased the theater and installed new projectors.
But two years later, on April 19, 1932, the theater caught fire, after a blaze started in the adjoining Chevrolet dealership. The responding fire departments found too little water pressure in the hydrants to fight the fire, and water had to be hauled up from the harbor by the truckload. To no avail – the building was a complete loss. The following August, the village board voted major improvements in the water system.
The first plan for replacing the theater was to rebuild on the same site, but theater builder William McNeil began constructing one on the adjoining property even as the old site was being cleared for a new structure. After much to and fro, Prudential Playhouses Inc. settled on the McNeil site, at 248-250 Main Street, that is occupied by the present theater building.
The new Northport Theater, with 754 seats, was opened with speeches and great ceremony on Nov. 23, 1932. Much was made of the fact that it was of fireproof construction, with major components of its electrical system isolated in a fireproof room in the basement. Uniformed ushers were recruited from the Northport high school, to be selected by the superintendent of schools. The theater would offer “the latest and most popular pictures on the cinema screen today,” a local paper noted. The initial attraction was “Sherlock Holmes,” starring Clive Brook and Ernest Torrence, which had opened in New York City only a week earlier.
The building erected on site of the old theater was used for a lunch room under various ownerships, including use by the Northport U.S.O. during World War II. In the 1970s it was converted into two stores.
In 1950 the Northport Theater, still operated by Associated Prudential Theaters, underwent major alterations: Most noticeably the stainless steel marquee was added. The lobby was remodeled, new seats installed, stage curtains and wall coverings replaced and a modern air-conditioning system installed. The cost of renovations was put at $100,000 — about as much as construction of the building had cost 18 years earlier.
As film industry economics and consumer tastes changed to favor more central theater locations, control of the Northport Theater eventually shifted to United Artists Eastern Theatres, which for years offered second-run movies at cut-rate prices. At 99 cents, later raised to $1.25, movie-going in Northport in the early 1980s was a bargain. But UA finally closed the theater in 1996, and a new owner’s plans to renovate the building for a reopening in 1997 were frustrated when the interior was vandalized. The Northport Theater reopened in 1999, but failed to make adequate commercial headway.
In 2005, the theater was purchased by Dennis Tannenbaum, a resident and local businessman, who in turn sold it to long time Huntington resident and entrepreneur Kevin O’Neill and his wife, Patti, on June 30, 2006. In tribute to Patti’s brother, Chief Warrant Officer Four John William Engeman, who was killed in Iraq on May 14, 2006, the O’Neill’s decided to rename the theater the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport.
The report described good fishing, fine meadowlands and mostly level ground suitable for farms and cattle. Six years later, this area, which would be called Great Cow Harbor, was purchased from Chief Asharoken by three Englishmen for seven quarts of liquor, two coats, four shirts and eleven ounces of powder. Relations between the settlers and the Indians were friendly, and the small colony flourished with farming and shell-fishing.
As an incorporated village, it is part of the famous “Gold Coast”, lying between the townships of Huntington and Smithtown along Route 25A (also known as Fort Salonga Road and North Country Road). Northport’s famous Main Street, with its nineteenth century trolley tracks still in place, splits off from Route 25A and continues towards a magnificent view of scenic Great Cow Harbor. Numerous Victorian and 18th century homesteads, shops, and storefronts, all carefully preserved, line both sides of the street.
Q: How do I get the best seats?
A: Subscribers get the best seats and best discounts. They get to keep their seat locations year after year, or have the option to change their seat location by renewing. Learn more about the benefits of being a subscriber here.
Q: Do you have group discounts?
A: We offer discounts for groups of 15 or more on select performances. Please call 631-261-2900 and we’ll help you get the best seats and prices for your group. You can also find out more information here.
Q: Are your shows appropriate for children?
A: Parents know their children best. No one under the age of four will be allowed into any main stage production. Guests should check for additional age recommendations for individual shows. If you have a question about show content, feel free to contact a ticketing services representative at 631-261-2900.
Q: If I cannot attend my show, can I get a refund or exchange?
A: We do not offer refunds on tickets. Exchanges or seat moves will be charged an additional $5 fee per seat. Subscribers have RISK-FREE EXCHANGE POLICY for date conflicts up to 24 hours before their scheduled performance.
Q: What are the box office hours?
A: We are available Monday-Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm with extended hours on show nights.
Q: What time should I arrive at the theater?
A: The lobby will open one-hour prior to performance time. You are welcome to spend time enjoying a snack and beverage at our Green Room Lounge. We now offer Cheese Boards. The box office is open daily beginning at 10AM. If you need to pick up your tickets at will-call, you are welcome to stop by early and avoid long lines closer to show time.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Northport Village has various lots and metered parking spots for you but we recommend taking advantage of our complimentary valet parking. Additional Directions & Parking info.
Q: Are there restaurants near the theater?
A: There are many restaurants located within walking distance of the theater. For a list of restaurants, please visit our dining guide.
Q: Are there devices for the hard-of-hearing?
A: The Engeman Theater offers devices to assist the hearing impaired for Mainstage performances. Hearing enhancers are available at Will Call.
Q: Is the theater wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, but most seat locations are not. Please call in advance for wheelchair seating, as seating is limited and offered to patrons on a first come first served basis. We have special wheelchair seating on the ground level of our Mainstage Theater. We also offer a handicapped accessible restrooms. If you have special needs such as aisle or Wheelchair seating, please call 631-261-2900.
Q: Is there a concession booth available at the theater?
A: Yes. If you’re interested in enjoying a coffee, tea, snack or beverages during your visit, stop our concession stand in the Green Room Lounge. The Lounge is open one hour prior to the show and at intermission. During intermission we also have readily available staff to take your drink or snack orders at your seats!
Q: Can I take photographs or record the show?
A: No photography or recording devices are permitted in the theater by law.
Q: Do you have a coat check?
Q: How do I become a volunteer usher?
A: For information on our Volunteer Usher program please feel out the form on the bottom of our opportunities page!
Q: Do you offer Educational Field Trips?
A: Yes. We proudly offer our season of quality Educational Theater Field Trips. Please call 631-261-2900 and we’ll help you get the best seats and prices for your group. You can also find out more information here.