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Riverhead OKs application to replace Suffolk Theater green room

The Riverhead Town Board has moved ahead on

The Riverhead Town Board has moved ahead on the Suffolk Theater's effort to set up a trailer for its performers. Above, the theater is seen on April 2, 2017. Credit: Randee Daddona

The Suffolk Theater is closer to setting up a trailer to accommodate performers preparing for a show after being evicted earlier this year from a similar space that officials said is necessary to keep the theater operational.

The Riverhead Town Board voted 5-0 at a Sept. 14 special meeting to approve a site plan application allowing the theater on East Main Street to set up the green room trailer and construct an 8-foot-tall stockade fence around an area behind the theater for privacy.

The theater had been using rented space in an adjacent building owned by the Esseks, Hefner, Angel, Di Talia & Pasca law firm but was told in June that they would have to leave.

“The last few months, it’s been crazy trying to get everything we need to get it done so we don’t skip a beat,” said Robert Castaldi, the owner of Suffolk Theater. “It’s been tough.”

Carmela Di Talia, a partner with the firm, declined to comment.

Lisa Ross, another attorney at the firm, told the board at a public hearing Sept. 6 that her firm felt that the theater’s trailer and fence plan takes up too much space in the parking area the firm shares with the theater and that the fence would pose security issues for employees at the firm who come and go during the evening hours.

Castaldi said the theater is trying to quickly set up a recently acquired trailer with the proper stairs, ramps, electric and water utilities and work on the interior. He said he expects to have the trailer set up over the next several days.

“Everyone’s been working real hard,” Castaldi said, “and we’re going to make it work, somehow.”

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