Monday, May 12, 2008


With past performances from musicians such as Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Wilco, David Sanborn, The Manhattan Transfer and so many more to upcoming shows from Suzanne Vega, Maxi PriestAngelique Kidjo, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, it's no wonder that the Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), attracts audiences from all over. Located in Huntington, IMAC is arguably Long Island's most diverse and interesting performance venue. 
From the time it opened, in 1974, IMAC has been a cutting edge organization. This theater made history as the first non-profit media arts center on Long Island. Originally focused on making video production services available to artists and producers, IMAC functioned out of a large house on six acres of land in Huntington. It is responsible for helping to facilitate and support the media arts movement of the mid-seventies and IMAC was one of the 13 original Media Art Centers in New York State to assist with expanding the video movement. 

In 1976, IMAC moved from Huntington to Bayville, where a sophisticated video production studio was developed. It contained editing facilities, an art gallery and a small multi-purpose theater for film, dance and music. IMAC also provided a full line of television production services with multiple camera studio production, video editing  and animation workshops. More importantly, for the large audiences they would soon attract, IMAC started their live performance program!

Eventually, by 1983, IMAC moved back to Huntington into what had originally been a 1920's Vaudville theater. In the winter of 1983, with little time to waste, the organization met their self-imposed six-week goal to get the theater up and running again. Their determination resulted in the opening of a five part, critically acclaimed dance series. The rest is history. 

370 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

1 comment:

Henry said...

It is very sad to hear of the closing of the IMAC Theatre.. I’ve seen many excellent shows by local and national talent at IMAC over the years. Tuck & Patti, Special EFX (George Jinda & Chieli Minucci), Leo Kottke, Matt Marshak etc.
Patchogue Theatre and WHBPAC are nice venues but do not carry the history, warmth and pioneering spirit of IMAC. IMAC shows always made for a great, offbeat night in Huntington Village.

The closing of the IMAC Theatre is truly a loss for the Long Island, REAL MUSIC scene.

~Henry Diaz