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.