Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino had Argyle Theatre’s co-owner Mark Perlman on edge Monday afternoon.
After speaking together for an hour in his office, the mayor asked Mark to escort him to the theater to check on a “complaint from a patron.”
As the two swung open the doors, Mark was welcomed with “Happy one-year anniversary” cheers from his waiting room filled with local elected officials, business owners, and patrons.
“I didn’t understand what was going on,” said Mark, laughing, on his first reaction. “To think that the people took the time out to put this together… it makes it all the more worth it.”
Mark opened at 34 West Main Street with his son, Dylan, in April 2018 after transforming the old Bow Tie Cinema into a 500-seat theater with a 20-person orchestra pit.
Since the launch, the Perlmans have completed six main stage productions, including theatrical hits “The Producers” and “Hairspray.” Now, they are on season two of their production schedule (CLICK HERE to see the lineup.)
“What a tremendous asset we have here [in the theater],” said Scordino, who helped set up the surprise party with the Babylon Village Board of Trustees.
While looking back at their year in business in downtown Babylon Village, both Mark and Dylan flashback to their opening night on Saturday, April 21, when A Tribute to Donna Summer performed.
“It was a sell-out,” the Perlmans vividly remembered together. “It was surreal and thrilling to see people so into the show and what was happening.”
According to the two, their goal was to better entertain Long Islanders by bringing Broadway-quality, live theatrical performances to the area.
“My favorite memory so far, is every time people walk out and they are smiling and saying they can’t wait to be back,” said Dylan.
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Top: Argyle Theatre co-owner Mark Perlman with Mayor Ralph Scordino while entering the surprise party.