Riverside Theatre Phase One Reopening

Vero Beach, FL – Riverside Theatre’s Live in the Loop Outdoor Grill and Bar will reopen the weekend of May 29th and May 30th offering two dining experiences: outdoor dining with live music and indoor dining with comedy. 

Since 2012, the loop drive in front of the Theatre has served as a gathering place for people to eat and drink on select Fridays and Saturdays while listening to local bands play a variety of musical styles. Due to its popularity, an outdoor grill and bar structure was built in 2017 in an underutilized area near the front entrance to the Theatre. 

CDC and State guidelines on reopening casual dining will be followed for outdoor dining in The Loop and indoor dining in the Waxlax: 

  • Reduced public capacity to 25%, managed physical distancing and limited guest density at tables and seating across the Theatre campus. 
  • Face Masks or Coverings are required. They may be remove when are seated at a table.
  • One-time-use disposable menus, drinkware and utensils will be utilized. 
  • No-contact ordering and payment options will be available.
  • Staff has been given enhanced safety training and reinforcing cleanliness and hygiene. Food and beverage staff is required to wear face coverings and gloves.
  • Intensified cleaning with disinfectant spraying will be done including the wiping of all surfaces – door handles, tables, armrests, seating and electronic displays. Hand sanitizers on counters and no-touch dispensers on walls are available all around the campus.

Seating at Live in the Loop complies with social distancing rules by limiting seating at tables 6 feet apart. While Live in the Loop performances have always been free and open to the public, every Live in the Loop attendee must have a ticket to enter the area. Tickets to Live in the Loop are still FREE, but must be obtained on our website – RiversideTheatre.com. There is a limit of 4 tickets per household. There is a charge for food and drink, but purchases from the Outdoor Grill and Bar are not required. 

Scheduled bands for reopening weekend:

Friday, May 29 – Radio Days

Saturday, May 30 – Second Wind

Seating in the Waxlax will be in compliance with Phase One dining regulations with seating limited to 25% capacity and spaced out at a minimum of 6 feet apart. Tickets for seating in the Waxlax are $16 & $18 for the comedy performance. There is a charge for food and drink, but purchases from the Outdoor Grill and Bar are not required. 

Scheduled comedians for reopening weekend are Al Ernst and Casey Peruski.  

Dining in The Loop with music and dining in the Waxlax with comedy will continue all summer. Capacity percentages will change when restrictions are eased. 

For more information on Riverside Theatre, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. 

Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Questions about Riverside Theatre’s Reopening


How do I enter Riverside Theatre?
The main entrance to Riverside Theatre will be at the bottom of the outdoor steps. All other entrances will be blocked off. 

Do I need to wear a mask to enter the Riverside campus?
Yes. Face Masks or Coverings are required to come on to the campus. Face Masks or Coverings may be removed once seated at your table, and to eat or drink. 

Will Riverside Theatre staff be wearing Face Masks?
Yes. For the safety of patrons and staff, ALL Riverside Theatre employees will be wearing Face Masks. Staff that come in direct contact with food items will also be wearing gloves. 

What other safety procedures will Riverside Theatre implement? 
Every table and chair will be cleaned and sprayed with disinfectant prior to each table seating. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly. There will be no standing in lines to order food or drinks. Roaming the campus with Face Masks or Coverings will be required.

Will restrooms be available?
Yes. Restrooms are available inside the Riverside Theatre building. However, Face Masks or Coverings are required to enter the building.  


How crowded will the Live in the Loop area be?
Following the state guidelines given to restaurants, the outdoor area will have limited capacity with tables and chairs socially distant at 6 feet apart. Tables and chairs cannot be rearranged from their designated section.

Can I bring my lawn chairs to The Loop?
No. Lawn chairs will not be allowed. Every person will have an allocated seat to manage social distancing guidelines.

How do I get seating for The Loop?
Complimentary tickets MUST be reserved in advance by going to the Riverside Theatre website – RiversideTheatre.com. To maintain capacity guidelines, no one without a ticket will be allowed in.

When can I arrive for seating in The Loop?
Seating will begin at 5:30pm. 

How do I order food or drinks?
Once you are seated at your table, a Food Server will come by and take your order on a digital tablet. A Food & Drink Runner will deliver to your numbered table. There will be no need to get in line for food or drink service. Outdoor Grill and Bar windows will be closed to the public. 

Will bands be playing the Live in the Loop Outdoor Stage?
Yes. The same great local musicians everyone has enjoyed will continue to delight audiences starting at 6pm each Friday and Saturday evening.


Is Comedy Zone still happening?
Yes. Since Comedy Zone takes place in the Waxlax Stage with restaurant-style seating, we are allowed to have performances operating at 25% capacity under Phase One reopening guidelines. Tickets can be purchased on our website – RiversideTheatre.com. Tickets purchased for Comedy Zone performances include seating in the Live in the Loop area.

Will I be able to purchase food and drink inside during Comedy Zone in the Waxlax? 
Yes. The same guidelines for the Live in the Loop Outdoor Stage area will be followed in the Waxlax.


Is Howl at the Moon still happening?
There are no scheduled dates currently. We hope to announce dates for 2021.

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