Great article in Greater Babylon about work on the theater in downtown Babylon Village.

The transformation of the old cinema in the heart of Babylon Village into a performing arts center is underway.

“Now we can see some tangible momentum, which is really excited,” said Mark Perlman, who owns and will operate the West Main Street theater with his son, Dylan.

The men, both of Seaford, closed on the purchase of the former Bow Tie Cinema in February.

“This entire first phase [of construction] is basically removing walls and certain things to open the building from the three-screen movie theater back to its original, single-theater use with an orchestra and balcony,” said Dylan, also a working actor.

The Perlmans hope to begin booking shows some time in the summer and open for business before the end of the year.

I’ve expressed some concerns about this project in the past and I think the parking and traffic issues are going to be difficult to deal with, especially for people who live around and behind the building.

However, I can’t deny that I’m tremendously excited about it. I’m looking forward to seeing shows and events at a professional theater that’s within walking distance of my house.