The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall is downstate New York's oldest theater - operated for community benefit by a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. Its long,rich history includes early experiments in talking films by Thomas Edison, and currently serves as both a rental venue and a presenting venue for the performing arts.
Location: 18 Peconic Ave., Riverhead, N.Y. 11901              Phone: (631) 727-5782
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 147, Riverhead, N.Y. 11901      Email: 


NEWS 2013


A week in Riverhead

Follow along as Community Journalist Brittany Wait spends a week getting to know the people and places of Riverhead. She'll be based in the downtown district but will explore other areas of the town, as well. The photos in this gallery were taken with Instagram, a social app that allows users to add filters to photos and share them. 
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Riverhead Blues Festival Could Find New Home In Southampton Town

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Carol Moran   Aug 13, 2013 4:58 PM 
 Aug 13, 2013 6:53 PM
The operators of the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall are seeking a venue change for their decade-old Riverhead Blues Festival, which was canceled this summer for undisclosed reasons—and Southampton Town could be its new home.

Bob Barta, president of the theater’s board of directors, said Tuesday that board members are exploring a slew of options, including locations in both Riverhead and Southampton towns, though he said he did not expect a decision to be made for at least another month. Mr. Barta declined to offer any specifics about possible sites under consideration in Southampton Town.

The festival has taken place along the Peconic River waterfront in downtown Riverhead since its inception about 13 or 14 years ago, but Mr. Barta explained that the nonprofit theater ran into difficulties last year, particularly with a few... MORE

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