The Gateway’s First Ever Drive-in Gala!

The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County (The Gateway) will host its first ever Drive-in Gala for the 2020 celebration. Patrons can choose from 2 evenings, September 25 or 26 at 7:00pm at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport to join the festivities.
This event will be a celebration of The Gateway’s theatrical programming and education with a purpose to raise money for the future, as well as its scholarship programs and outreach efforts.
Due to pandemic restrictions, The Gateway has refocused their entertainment efforts this summer to revolve around The Gateway’s Drive-in which features a self-constructed giant movie screen that has been thrilling audiences six nights a week since June. Although, both financially and artistically, these small showings are no replacement for the live, quality theatrical experiences we strive to enrich our communities with, the movies have been well received and provide a great way to get out of the house safely and enjoy some entertainment during this difficult summer. It is through this new effort that the Drive-in Gala was born.
Hosted live by Hollywood-icon Isabella Rossellini, and The Gateway’s Executive Artistic Director, Paul Allan, the evening will look back on wonderful moments of the stage and screen. Our Drive-in Gala will feature virtual appearances and performances by The Gateway and TV alum Sally Struthers, Flashdance’s Julia Macchio, Ralph Macchio of The Karate Kid, and Renee Taylor of TV’s The Nanny.
Presenting from The Gateway School for the Performing Arts, Associate Artstic Director, Michael Baker, will highlight success stories from the school and will feature performances from students virtually.
Tickets will be $75 per person and will also include a boxed spread of delicious bites. Our Drive-in Gala will feature interactive moments which will allow guests to engage in the fun from the safety and comfort of their vehicles. Tickets can be purchased at TheGateway.org.
Please join us in support of Long Island’s longest running live theater as we move THE GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE!
Isabella Rossellini
Actor, Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, Joy
and International Model and Spokesperson
for Lancome.
Sally Struthers
Emmy Award Winning Actor, All in the Family,
The Gateway’s 9 to 5, Anything Goes and
Nice Work if You Can Get It


Ralph Macchio
Actor, The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai, The Outsiders
Julia Macchio
Actress, The Gateway’s
Flashdance the Musical
Renee Taylor
Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter, Actor, The Nanny and acclaimed comedian
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The Non-Profit Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County
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The Gateway is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to enrich a wide range of communities with quality theatrical experiences through diverse arts, entertainment and educational programs. We endeavor to serve these communities in a fiscally responsible manner, to provide affordable resources to schools and non-profit organizations, and to ensure the future of the theatrical arts in our region.
Founded in 1950, The Gateway is the longest continually running professional theater on Long Island and continues to thrill hundreds of thousands of guests each year and continues to be a beacon of arts for the area.
The Gateway School for the Performing Arts enrolls students from all over Long Island, coming from as far away as Mattituck, Hampton Bays, Massapequa and Jamesport. They all have varying interests and levels of training – some with none and some with plenty. Many students have continued with their training and have landed parts in our summer Children’s Theater productions and in young roles on The Gateway’s Main Stage. Others have had success in Broadway shows, National Tours and Regional productions. Students have landed jobs in the industry, working on network television series, B’way shows, pre-B’way tours, feature films, and soap operas.



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