Bay Street Theatre will open its doors with free admission four times in October for broadcasts of the presidential and vice presidential debates, and then again on Nov. 6, Election Day, for live results.
The theater did the same in 2008 for the third debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, attracting a crowd that cheered and jeered as the candidates clashed. Now it is time for an Obama-Romney head-to-head.
“This is another opportunity for Bay Street to give back to the community by opening its doors for free,” said Executive Director Tracy Mitchell. “We welcome all to join us — no matter what your political inclination. Bay Street is a great place to enjoy gathering with your friends and neighbors for events that affect all of our lives.”
The first presidential debate will be Oct. 3, taking place at the University of Denver in Colorado and focusing on domestic policy. Then the vice presidential candidates will have their chance Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Obama and Romney will faceoff again on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead in a town hall format, and on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, focused on foreign policy.
The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will be in the Bay Street lobby on Oct. 16 with voter information.
The debates all run from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Door open at 8 p.m. during each debate night, and on election night as well.
All events are free, but Bay Street Theatre notes that donations are welcome.