WELCOME TO HISTORIC RIVERHEAD!
Located on the Peconic Riverfront and surrounded by beaches and lush farm lands, we are at the crux of the Hamptons and Wine Country!
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 a 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.
- Riverhead sits prettily on the banks of the Peconic River. The town's riverfront area features recaptured parks, a historic downtown and the famed Long Island Aquarium.
- Family-friendly events at the theater and reciprocal member programs bring families together with downtown entertainment and a developing cultural corridor.
- Pass through traffic to North and South Forks (1.3 million Cross Sound Ferry arrivals.)
- 400,000 visitors annually to the Long Island Aquarium in Downtown Riverhead
- 3,000 visitors weekend daily numbers
- 4,000 weekly visitors year round to The Suffolk Theater
- 500,000 visitors to Splish Splash water park over 4 month summer period / 8,000 Saturday peak
- Route 58 stores such as Home Depot are top ranking in country outside of major metropolitan markets
- 15 million visitors to Tanger Outlet Center annually, approximately 4.5 million cars visit annually. Riverhead Tanger Outlet has always been the top performer in the nation beating centers like Woodbury Commons; Orlando
- There are also 275,000 seasonal and guest visitors to the East End
- Core seasonal audience is highly affluent, educated and savvy East Enders
- Core year-round audience is affluent, educated, ages 25- 75
- Tourism and the vacation home industry drives the economic development engine of the town
Long Island has a history of innovative and entrepreneurial energy, our region is made up of thousands of smaller businesses from high- tech manufacturers to low-tech tourism and a host of service sector concerns in between. The strength of Long Island’s economy is its diverse base of businesses, with a coveted labor force trained in first-rate schools and colleges. 80 percent of Long Island’s 2.8 million residents now work on Long Island, depending on the health of its economy for their livelihood. This is the Suffolk Theater’s customer base. Market studies have shown that the area is in need of a cultural venue for live performance and film. As a matter of fact there has been a consistent public outcry since the Suffolk Theater was shuttered nearly 30 years ago.