Riverhead officials have just designated an LED-powered, computer-driven sign as having enough historic character to become a part of the town’s historic district.
The sign is attached to the marquee of the Suffolk Theater, which has stood above East Main Street since 1932.
The 800-seat Suffolk Theater building has been part of the downtown historic distinct since it was designated as a landmark in 2004. The marquee has been dark since the movie house closed in 1987. The building, now under reconstruction, is expected to open next year.
The town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission officially voted to declare the character of the digital message board — set into the space where letters were once hung to advertise the movies being shown — “comparable with the historic character of the marquee.”
That allowed the town board on Thursday
Pictured above: The marquee of the Suffolk Theatre on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Aug. 5, 2010)