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The Suffolk Theater will reopen on Aug. 27 after a nearly year-and-a-half closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theater’s first performance post-pandemic will be from the Lords of 52nd Street, the former band members of Billy Joel, according to Dan Binderman, the director of the Suffolk Theater.

“We’re excited to be doing live entertainment again and we’re looking forward to a season of great shows,” Binderman said. 

The theater is currently updating their calendar to reschedule the events postponed by the pandemic.

Binderman said that, at the moment, attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated. This will allow the theater to operate at full capacity and not require social distancing or masks in accordance to CDC guidelines.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]