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Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

Downtown Riverhead projects land more than $3.3 million in county grant funding

by Nov 3, 2023
A downtown parking garage and a new Long Island Science Center museum were among four projects in downtown Riverhead that were awarded a total $3.35 million in Suffolk County grant funding.

Vail-Leavitt board calls it quits, won’t contest Riverhead Town’s lawsuit, hands over keys, corporate seal and legal documents to town

by Oct 11, 2023
The board of directors of the Council for the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, the nonprofit that owns the historic theater, last week voted to “relinquish itself and the real property to the Town in settlement of all issues.” All board members have resigned.

Riverhead Town sues to recover title to historic downtown theater

by Aug 24, 2023
The lawsuit complains of the Council for the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall's stewardship of the property and alleges the organization has not done enough to raise funds for needed renovations and repairs. The town purchased the building in 1980 and deeded it to the nonprofit group in 1982.

Town plans lawsuit to take back ownership of historic downtown theater, citing building’s deterioration, lack of progress in restoration

by May 15, 2023
Town officials say the historic Vail-Leavitt, built in 1881, is in dilapidated condition and urgently in need of repairs. The nonprofit group that took ownership of the music hall in 1982 hasn't kept its promises to restore and maintain the building, officials say.

‘The Agitators’ at the Vail-Leavitt: examining the friendship two legendary abolitionists and suffragists

by Mar 17, 2022
"They agitated the nation and each other for over 50 years." Mat Smart's 2019 play "The Agitators" examines the decades-long friendship of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, two of the most important abolitionists and suffragists of the 19th Century. It will be on stage at the Vail-Leavitt weekends April 8-17.

Auditions for ‘The Agitators’ coming up at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

by Dec 26, 2021
Open auditions for the play "The Agitators" will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 18 Peconic Avenue in Riverhead.

Spend an evening with a panel of forensic experts Saturday at the Vail-Leavitt

by Jul 15, 2019
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a real-life crime scene investigator or medical examiner tasked with solving deadly, sometimes gruesome crimes?

‘Bionic’ teen directs ‘Shine for the Spines’ cabaret fundraiser at Vail-Leavitt

by May 3, 2019
Thea Flanzer was diagnosed with scoliosis — curvature of the spine — when she was 10 years old. Her experience with the condition and the surgeons who corrected it inspired her to produce the upcoming show.

Vail-Leavitt brings NYC dog and cat film festivals to Riverhead

by Jan 16, 2019
The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall is going to the dogs. And the cats, too. Riverhead's historic theater will host the New York City Dog and New York City Cat Film Festivals on the last two Sundays of January. Update: Jan. 20 festival postponed to Feb. 3.

Vail-Leavitt celebrates Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

by Oct 14, 2018
The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall hosted its First Annual Hispanic/Latino Heritage Celebration Friday evening, with family fun, including music, dancing and ethnic foods, plus a screening of the movie, "The Book of Life.”