Lights Up at The Suffolk Theater- Long Island NY
After lying dormant for decades, The Suffolk Theater opened for the second time, 79 years later.
Opening night at The Suffolk Theater, December 30, 1933.
Dubbed in the local press as "the Radio City Music Hall of Long Island,” the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead opened on December 30, 1933.
The Suffolk Theater was a community focal point for many years, featuring both films and live shows. It also served as a town meeting space and a designated issuing agent for U.S. war bonds during World War II.
However, due to a change in the local economy and increasing competition from large chain movie theaters, the theater closed its doors in 1987 and remained dark and dilapidated until its recent restoration. The resurgence process started in 2005. Despite numerous logistic and burocratic delays, The Suffolk Theater opened its doors once again on March 2, 2013 with a gala, red carpet event.
Receiving both critical and public acclaim since its grand opening, the Suffolk Theater line-up includes regular music and comedy performances, films, and private events. It is the last remaining large art deco theater on Long Island.