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Read about our Gala

http://www.hamptons.com/Out-And-About/Within-The-Hedges/19326/Riverheads-Historic-Suffolk-Theater-Celebrating.html#.UxYxbCjhUUW

 

Read about celebrating our One Year Anniversary

http://www.longisland.com/news/02-15-14/suffolk-theater-1-year-anniversary-pr.html

 

5/17 DANS PAPERS

 

LONGISLAND.COM

 

5/31-NEWSDAY (SUFFOLK EDITION)

 

5/23-LONG ISLAND JEWISH WORLD

 

05/10-DAN'S PAPER

 

05/09-LONG ISLAND JEWISH WORLD

 

05/15-Long Island Business News

 

06/01-HOUSE

 

VANISH - International Magic Magazine/ June/July 2013

 

Asbury Shorts Film Festival- Hamptons.com/ June 5, 2013

 

Suffolk Theater drives traffic to Riverhead- Long Island Business News/ May 15, 2013

 

"You really feel like it's 1933!"

 

On with the shows!

 

Special Thanks to Jim Vignato & East End Dance & Artistic Studios in Speonk, for donating this in-depth 1st of a 2 part series previewing the Suffolk Theater.

 

Suffolk Theater Introduction - Part 1 from East End Studios on Vimeo.

 

 

"Creating the future by preserving the past."

This is the mantra that the soon-to-be-renovated Suffolk Theater in Riverhead wants to imbue in the surrounding community...

 

 

Riverhead News Review / Meet-the-new-executive-director-of-the-suffolk-theater/

 

Bob Spiotto gestures wildly around the dusty floors and construction rigging as he describes film festivals and off-Broadway plays, jazz music and benefit events, and dreams of a packed house...

 

Suffolk Theater hires director, plans gala grand opening on New Year's Eve 2012 

Wednesday, August 01 2012 05:43 

Written by Denise Civiletti

 

 

"It's been a labor of love," he said. See prior story, "A peek inside the Suffolk Theater."

 

With the restoration nearing completion, Castaldi is thinking about phase two: building several apartments at the site. It was always part of the plan, he said this week. "But we had to concentrate on getting this done first."

 


 

 


 

 

If the stars align, the long-shuttered Suffolk Theater could be back in business by the end of the year, and its re-emergence exactly 79 years from the day it opened could illuminate downtown Riverhead in more ways than one.

 


 

A peek inside The Suffolk Theater: work in progress 

Sunday, May 20 2012 23:00

Written by Katie Blasl

 

The Suffolk Theatre will be opening its doors again by the end of the year, according to theater owner Bob Castaldi.

 

The restoration, which has been underway since August 2010, will be finished by the end of November, Castaldi said. The theater is undergoing a transformation from a movie house of decades past to a performing arts center that will preserve the look of as much of the old 1930s-style art and architecture as possible.

 

"We were just looking for property around Riverhead, and we stumbled into [the Suffolk Theatre]," said Castaldi, who is also the president of Pike Realty. "We thought it would be a shame to see this thing disappear forever, so we decided to save the old theater."

The 800-seat Suffolk Theatre opened in December 1933. For decades, it was one of two operating movie theaters on Main Street. The other, the 1,400-seat Capitol Theatre, built in the early 1920s, was at 37 West Main Street. Later known as the Riverhead Theatre, it closed down and was razed in the 1970s.

 

The Suffolk Theatre closed in 1987. It was purchased by the town in 1994 with the intention of renovating it as a municipally owned performing arts center, but the project floundered.  After a referendum on a bond to finance the renovation was soundly defeated in 2001, the town decided to sell the theater. After a failed deal with a different private investor in 2003, the town sold the theater to Castaldi's company in 2005.

When the theater opens to the public, it will feature traditional plays, musical theater, concerts and comedy, Castaldi said. The seats will be removable so that it can be set up in traditional theater fashion or with tables and chairs for dinner-and-a-show style performances.

 

In addition to remodeling the space to make it a performing arts center, Castaldi has been repairing extensive water damage and cleaning out two decades' worth of grime in the theater as well. But he is very optimistic about his goal to open by the end of the year.

 

"It originally opened on December 30," said Castaldi, referring to its 1933 original grand opening date. "It'd be pretty cool if we could open it on the same day."


 

 

Suffolk Theater Marquee Lights Up Main Street 

Saturday, September 03 2011 08:34

Written by Denise Civiletti

 

The Suffolk Theatre restoration project took a major public step forward Friday with the lighting of the theater's newly renovated marquee - a colorful, electronically animated marquee that wowed a crowd of a couple hundred people gathered in the middle of East Main Street Friday night.

 

Theater owners Dianne and Bob Castaldi, who have been plugging away at the restoration since they purchased the long-dark art-deco movie palace in February 2005, were happy and relieved when the crowd's countdown ended and the marquee exploded in light, to a chorus of "ooohs and aahs" and an enthusiastic round of applause.

 

The marquee-lighting ceremony was part of "A Night Out in Riverhead" - one of a number of events taking place in downtown Riverhead last night. They included a reception for a new art exhibit at the East End Arts gallery on East Main Street, a free concert by the Sunnyland Jazz Band presented by Riverhead Townscape on the arts council's grounds along the riverfront, and special deals at downtown restaurants. The evening was coordinated by East End Arts.

 

The Riverhead Project, one of several new restaurants that opened downtown in the past year, supplied a champagne toast to the theater and its owners.

It's been a long haul for the Castaldis, with the project stalled for nearly three years by litigation between the theater owners and the Town of Riverhead - from which the Castaldis purchased the old theater for $707,000. They claimed their efforts were thwarted by the town after Riverhead signed a "master developer" agreement with Apollo Real Estate in 2006. The lawsuit was settled in 2010, after a new administration took office in Town Hall, and the Castaldis say they are happy to put the episode behind them.

 

Castaldi, a builder who said he's invested "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in interior renovations and structural repairs, says he feels like he's approaching the home stretch of the restoration project, and hopes to have the theater open "within a year." He plans to utilize the historic theater as a performing arts center and dinner theater.

 

The 800-seat Suffolk Theatre opened in December 1933. For decades, it was one of two operating movie theaters on Main Street. The other, the 1,400-seat Capitol Theatre, built in the early 1920s, was at 37 West Main Street. Later known as the Riverhead Theatre, it closed down and was razed in the 1970s. 

 

The Suffolk Theatre closed in 1987. It was purchased by the town in 1994 with the intention of renovating it as a municipally owned performing arts center, but the project floundered.  After a referendum on a bond to finance the renovation was soundly defeated in 2001, the town decided to sell the theater. After a failed deal with a different private investor in 2003, the town sold the theater to Castaldi's company in 2005.