The CM Performing Arts Center opened 10 years ago in the old Oakdale Movie Theater on Montauk Highway. The theater had been empty for numerous years, and it's renovation from a single-screen movie house to a live performance space marked not only the 10 year anniversary of CM, but also the culmination of a huge fundraising initiative to find a permanent home for the non-profit theater arts organization. CM began as a touring theater troupe, performing a living Passion Play at churches all over Long Island. Various other touring productions followed, with the actors wearing many hats - setting and striking the sets, sound and lighting equipment and loading and unloading costumes and props. Over time the organization realized it could grow no further without it's own performance space.
The CM Performing Arts Center opened on May 23rd, 1997.