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Suffolk Theater

118 East Main Street
631-727-4343

Our History:

The 350 seat Suffolk Theater is a unique Art Deco movie theater located on Main Street in historic downtown Riverhead, Long Island. R Thomas Short, of the New York firm, Harde and Short, was the original architect. Mr. Short's legacy includes eleven movie theaters on Long Island. Notably, The Suffolk Theater is the last remaining movie house built by R Thomas Short and is also the last remaining large art deco theater on Long Island. The theater was built as a National Recovery Act project for the Century Theater circuit chain.The Suffolk Theater opened on December 30, 1933. According to newspapers of the day, more than 2000 people attended the opening night festivities and it was hailed as "Long Island's prettiest and most complete playhouse." An opening review in The Riverhead News on January 5, 1934 stated "No matter which way one turns, there is luxury and comfort, this is exceptionally true in the reception corridor and ladies room, as well as in the entrance lobby." Additionally, the theater was also hailed as "the Radio City Music Hall of Long Island."

During World War II, the Suffolk Theater was an official issuing agent for U.S. war bonds. Various organizations including the long Island Farm Bureau regularly used the theater for special events and meetings. The theater did, in fact, enliven the town and was its central attraction for many years.Unfortunately changes in shopping habits, a shifting economy and the birth of the multiplex, forced The Suffolk Theater to close in 1987. The theater was for sale from 1987 until 1994 when the Town of Riverhead purchased the theater. In 1996, cinematographer, Keith DiNielli and producer Jeff Bassetti, filmed the movie "Changeover" in The Suffolk Theater. "Changeover" is set in 1978, and revolves around the closing of The Suffolk Theater due to the increasing popularity of the multiplex, and also explored how the closing impacted the lives of its young employees.

Mission:

The mission is to re-establish the cinema/ playhouse tradition in downtown. The last five years has been a fascinating restoration process of the Art Deco cinema space into a full- service performing arts center. The theater will be providing diverse programming for all ages, from live entertainment, music and plays to movies and catered affairs. Programming onstage at the Suffolk Theater will range from Country to Comedy - from Classical to Contemporary - the very best touring artists available - our goal is to bring a broad range of performing artists to the Suffolk Theater stage that will appeal to every resident and visitor to the east end of Long Island.

The Suffolk Theater's state of the art marquee, seen by over 15,000 people daily and has become  an information center and part of the identity of Main Street, The theater itself is projected to bring more than 4,000 visitors to downtown Riverhead weekly.Riverhead, Long Island,  NY is strategically situated and easily accessible to attract audiences from a broad geographic area as well as second home owners heading further east for weekends. Identified as both an historic district and an arts district, Riverhead is poised to come back as a vibrant center of activity. East End Arts' Gallery and School of the Arts and Suffolk Theater are situated across the street from one another on Main Street. They have already formed a cohesive partnership on programming for 2013 and beyond.



Reviews

Linda Hyams

Rating:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Very nice venue. Not a bad seat in the theatre. I did not love Roger McGiunn. Too many rules. The bar had to close at 7:45 and was not allowed to open for intermission. His rules not the theatre. His concert was ok at best.

Marc Andre Chiffert

Rating:
Friday, May 18, 2018
Great venue for concerts.....beautiful stage and really a good idea with the "common" tables....seats at the GG row at the best if you like a bar setting....food and menu needs to be improved...wine selection is limited too....

Anita Bloomfield

Rating:
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Fantastic venue! I wish it was in MY neighborhood! Cabaret style seating, food, drinks. Saw The New Millennial Jazz Band. They were super! Now I know what it must have been like to go to those great jazz clubs in NYC in the 40's!

BECKY C LONG

Rating:
Monday, March 19, 2018
The show was awesome. The food not up to par and the prices were crazy. Ten dollars for a prezel. The waitress was rude and the manager was even worse. The waitress yelled at me cause she was not happy with her tip. A tip is based on service which we rude and not up to par. 40 minutes to wait for a glass of water. Management could care less when advised of their staffs poor performance. The manger stated theirs nothing I can do.

Sunita Sukhu

Rating:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
We have been a few times now and its a great experience every time. We've not eaten here. But, the atmosphere is always fun.

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Upcoming Events at Suffolk Theater

Southern Jam

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Jay and the Americans Rock and Roll Greats

Friday, Jun 29, 2018 at 8:00pm
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The Doobie Others

Saturday, Jul 7, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Comedy With Janeane Garofalo

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ABBA Fab Summer 2018

Saturday, Jul 14, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Edgar Winter

Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
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Beatles and Beyond

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Melanie

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 7:30pm
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13th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018 at 8:00pm
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The Lovin Spoonful

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Three Dog Night

Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
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Mavis Staples

Friday, Aug 10, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Fast Lane: Tribute to the Eagles

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 at 8:00pm
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The Smithereens featuring Marshall Crenshaw

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Taj Mahal

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 at 8:00pm
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