The Inside Scoop
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The First Look
Couples can make their wedding ceremony and reception the main event at a historical theater when they book The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, New York. Erected in 1933, the theater was closed in 1987, but was thoroughly renovated and reopened in 2013, 80 years after the first grand opening. With a capacity to accommodate up to 435 guests with cabaret-style seating, the glamorous theater with art deco decor also offers catering and service and has many features that make the newly wedded couple feel like movie stars from the 1930s.
Lobby. Complete with a wood detailed ticket booth, beautiful rugs, woodwork, artwork and lighting treatments inspired by 1930s decor, the lobby can be decorated with movie-style posters along both walls featuring the bride and groom for a glamorous, personalized effect.
Theater. A stage for music, performances and speeches, a genuine art deco atmosphere straight from the 1930s and several different seating sections makes this venue ideal for unique wedding ceremonies and receptions. Many couples choose to have the ceremony right on center stage with a spotlight shining on them, making them the stars of the show. Room for a large dance floor helps the festivities continue through the night.
Bars. The main floor bar and art deco lounge bar provide refreshments to the reception guests throughout the event. Fully stocked and manned by skilled bartenders, the bars offer top-shelf liquors, wine and other beverages.
What You Should Know
Couples who rent The Suffolk Theater enjoy the benefits of working with the director of private events to plan every aspect of the ceremony and wedding. Coordinating vendors, offering advice and dealing with the little things, are some of the services the director of private events provides. The venue also supplies wait staff, theater directors and technical staff to help organize the main event.
A head chef helps the couple decide on the menu and can treat interested couples to a tour of the well-maintained kitchen. Serving New American cuisine, the kitchen provides a three-course dinner at reception events with choices for each course. The couple can also choose to add a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception.
Throwing a reception party at a renovated theater has many unique benefits. Some extra perks available at The Suffolk Theater are:
- Name of the bride and groom shown on the marquee above the entryway
- Theatrical lighting in the reception room
- Use of the state-of-the-art sound system
- Two full movie-sized theater screens
- Access to movie software, equipment and technical staff to show a one-of-a-kind photo slideshow or personal film at the reception
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
Food + Catering
I had my wedding at the Suffolk theater this past Saturday. From the second we walked into this beautiful venue last year we knew it was the one for us. We wanted something different then your run of the mill catering hall, but we also didn't want the responsibility of transforming a totally diy space. The Suffolk theater gave us the best of both worlds. We were able to work with their amazing production team (shout out to Chip and Clutch!) to add personal details that we came up with, but still had the comfort of knowing every wedding detail was being taken care of by the staff. Speaking of the production team, I cannot say enough about their abilities and creativity. From the sound they got out of the band, the lighting, the videos they put together for the projection screen, just EVERYTHING! They are so professional and you can rest easy knowing your day is in great hands (let them use their creativity and have fun, I promise you won't be disappointed). The venue in itself was so unique and every guest was blown away the entire evening. It was amazing to see people just walking around and exploring every detail. And last but absolutely not least, the event coordinator Nicole Evers is an absolute gem. I don't even think gem is a strong enough word for what she brings to this venue. She helped us from day one create a day neither of us would forget. She meticulously planned out our entire day and not a detail was left out. She was a calming presence throughout the whole experience and process and encouraged us to be ourselves and express our creativity. She helped us come up with ideas that both complimented the space and its history, as well as our story. I would honestly get married in a dump if I knew she was the event coordinator there. I feel so lucky to be able to call her a friend after all of this! If you want to have an amazing wedding put your trust into this team of people. They will not let you down.
We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Suffolk Theater in December 2015. When we first walked in to see the theater we were immediately impressed with the authentic art deco décor and atmosphere in the room. We looked at many different possible wedding venues in Suffolk County and the only one that was truly outstanding to me was the Suffolk Theater. What really finalized our decision to have the wedding at the theater was our meeting with the private event coordinator Nicole Evers. Nicole made us feel that our wedding could be a truly special event and that she was going to ensure that our vision became reality. Nicole helped us through every step of the planning process. She had interesting ideas and she knows how to get the most out of what the theater has to offer. Nicole made us feel like our wedding was the most important event that she had ever coordinated. Every last detail was planned in advance and there were no surprises on the day of the wedding. The fact that it is an operating performing arts theater provides you with unlimited possibilities. We were able to work directly with the theater technical staff to personalize every detail of the day. Some of the special touches that were added included: our names up on the theater marquee and a photo montage was projected onto the theater sized screen during dinner. The wedding ceremony itself was personal, warm and expertly officiated by Lynn Kolesar who also works at the theater. She helped us craft a most thoughtful and touching wedding ceremony which took place in the spotlight on the stage. The lighting and sound quality was perfect.Two other areas that were very important to us were the quality of the food and the bar. Both of these exceeded our expectations.The bar was without question the best bar that we have ever seen at a wedding. I want to thank Nicole Evers, Kaitlyn Ferris, DJ Phil, Lynn Kolesar, the technical staff, the chef and the wait staff!
Suffolk TheaterReviewed on 10/16/2014 Thomas R
As soon as we walked in we fell in love with the decor and the fact it's a working theater. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. The price for the venue is average, not cheap. There is an up charge for being able to use the theater's sound system and stage, video screen, and lighting, but well worth it if you want to use the theater what it's for... to perform! If you just want a magnificent place to have your wedding, don't opt for the theatrics, and just enjoy the decor and the fabulous space. The food is excellent, you get to meet the chef and they give you a tour of the kitchen! We felt like family there and had nothing but compliments from our guests. And, one of the best parts.... you get your name in lights on the marquee outside! If you want the most important day of your life to be unforgettable and fabulous, if you like the whole Gatsby theme, this is the place to go.
Magical Art Deco Wedding-unbelievable service!Reviewed on 8/22/2014 Jackie O
My new husband John and I would like to formally thank everyone at the Suffolk Theater for giving us the most perfect, personal and unique wedding. The service was outstanding-the servers couldn't have been more helpful. Brianna was a particular help to me. She went above and beyond her duties to make sure I was taken care of in every possible way. The food was delicious. Everything I tasted was delightful-Thank you to Chef Bernie who also went beyond simply creating and cooking. The lighting and our unique audio-visual requests (like our opening song video and especially our metal Slayer first introduction complete with lightning storm!) were all beautifully performed by Clutch, Chip and the AV team. The SHINING STAR of the night was Nicole Evers, the Director of Private Events. She is a talented, organized and caring professional. I felt safe the moment she took on the position and began handling our wedding. She thought of and executed EVERYTHING. She coordinated outside vendors, helped me brainstorm, listened to and calmed my fears, and ultimately visualized and produced the absolute wedding of our dreams. I know we're biased, but we thought our's was the best, most beautifully unique wedding ever that exceeded all expectations. The theater's charm, vintage beauty and staff truly made an impression on us. We will never forget our special day at the Suffolk Theater!! It has been close to 2 months since we married at the theater and all of our guests are still raving about how beautiful and unique our wedding was! Thanks Suffolk Theater