Suffolk Theater selling ‘Back to 30’s’ tickets

Downtown Riverhead revitalization
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The theater’s digital marquee was unveiled in 2011.

Downtown Riverhead’s historic Suffolk Theater is throwing a 1930s-style cocktail party to mark its grand re-opening in March.

But organizers are promoting the throw-back event in a most modern way.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday, but Suffolk Theater Facebook fans are getting first dibs.

It doesn’t take much to be a fan, though. Those interested in securing a spot on the guest list now can visit the Suffolk Theater’s Facebook page and then click the “like” button. Fans will be given a “secret code” needed to purchase tickets, according to the Facebook page.

Those fans coming across technical problems can purchase the tickets over the phone at (631) 727-4343 or at the theater box office at 118 East Main Street, said LynnAnn Kolesar, box office manager.

Tickets for March 2 “Back to the 30’s” cocktail party are priced at $125.00.

The event will feature Vince Giordano’s band The Night Hawks, which won a 2012 best compilation soundtrack Grammy for its work on HBO’s prohibition-era hit Boardwalk Empire.

The art-deco downtown theater — which last screened a movie in 1986 and had been undergoing on-again, off-again renovation work ever since — will open its doors like it had for the first time back in 1933, organizers said.

Current owner Bob Castaldi, who purchased the theater from the town for $700,000 in 2005, illuminated an updated, digitalized marquee at the theater in 2011 after settling a prolonged legal battle with the town over theater ownership. Work has progressed ever since.


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