Wanted theater to lease or own

posted by rivieraservices on May 25, 2007 at 4:30 am

Looking for old vaudeville theater in any condition on a lease to own basis.


Comments (19)

rivieraservices on May 25, 2007 at 5:43 am

Yes in any area. A downtown location would be prefered or at least a none residential area because its hard to obtain a liquor licence.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on May 25, 2007 at 5:58 pm

You might look into Hollywood’s IVAR THEATRE Ivar @ Hollywood Blvd. It’s owned by the California Youth Theatre and, I am told, receives backing from the Getty Foundation.
It is hardly ever open -basically used for rehearsals?, in fair but shabby looking shape, has a small balcony but a pleasing stage with plenty of room for dressing rooms.
Where are YOU located? Can I be of local help?

wagarrison on May 25, 2007 at 8:41 pm

I know of one that will be for sale near Seattle WA it is a single screen on the main street(downtown) for the city it is in…

rivieraservices on May 26, 2007 at 1:59 am

If you know the name of the theatre in seattle you might as well give me the name so I could look it up. Do you know if its a movie theatre or live performance? Do you know the address by any chance?

bbolton on June 1, 2007 at 7:57 am

Go to the link below –


we have a great following, suitable for vaudeville or any style.

We’re negotiable on the price.

rivieraservices on June 1, 2007 at 8:04 am

Not exactly what I am looking for-thanks.

ssteve on June 2, 2007 at 8:04 am

The Norwalk theater might just be the one your looking for. www.norwalktheatre.com

rivieraservices on June 3, 2007 at 3:20 am

Thanks steve, but it looks as if its in use, they have a schedule and everthing. Anybody else have any bright ideas?

ssteve on June 3, 2007 at 11:45 am

Are you looking for something that is currently empty? Or for sale or lease? Im confused

rivieraservices on June 3, 2007 at 2:31 pm

I’m looking for something which is currently empty for sale or lease to own. No historical monuments please.

theatre4sale on June 6, 2007 at 6:39 am

Let me know when you find one, I am also looking for one.

brande on June 15, 2007 at 11:28 am

I own the Regent Theater in Wellington Kansas and we have had the theater listed on this website for awhile. The theater used to be a Vaudville theater. We are currently showing movies. We have also had dinner theater and concerts. Please email me if you would like more info.

wagarrison on June 15, 2007 at 12:50 pm

The Des Moines Cinema Des Moines WA single screen with 4 commercial spaces plus the theater
has a stage and screen currently showing first runs.
2-0-6 four two seven 1331


rivieraservices on June 16, 2007 at 11:47 pm

Thanks for your comment BillG, I looked it up on the internet. Its a little bit small for what I had in mind and I’m looking more for a theatre with a nice stage.

andrew1 on June 21, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Yes, the seller would just like to get his improvement dollars back, he is asking 1.8 million. There is a fully active coffee shop that runs in the daytime like a (starbucks) at night it is functional for movies or plays. Please call me to discuss your options. (858)362-4380

TBDEntertainment on July 3, 2007 at 1:11 pm


I am a very reputable,well connected, and respected concert promoter, talent buyer, and creative director, with nearly a 15 year career having produced most pre-eminent artists alive or have sinced passed in over 2 dozen historical theaters in the Northeast. I spent nearly 5 years establishing (building from the ashes) what is now one of the top grossing nightclubs in a post 911 Clear Channel NYC economy. Have never joined the SFX, CCe, Live Nation brigade despite being offered. All that said, I too have been on a hunt to locate a venue to aquire, and restore as a PAC (plus). I have a financial model, but very shrewd investors, however I am extremely well versed in main street renewal programs as related historic buildings, non for profits and public private partnerships. I believe we may, have potential synergy, although I am geographically rigid to Eastern Long Island, Southern CT, Rockland, Westchester with some flexibility into surrounding counties. I am aware of a few venues from 600 cap to 2000, and ones that are 3500-4500 cap, That would be the crown jewels of the East Coast if 40,000,000-50,000,000 in funding existed to restore them. So thats my story, I’d love to hear more about you and your mission. Email me at if you have any interest in beginning a dialogue.

markp on January 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm

You may want to look into the Forum Theatre, 314 Main St, Metuchen, N.J. 08840. Worked there in the early 80’s, was a beautiful 600 seater.

NativeForestHiller on March 20, 2008 at 3:19 am

To RivieraServices: I am a preservationist who is seeking parties of interest that may “save the day” for an endangered early 20th century NY theater by the prolific Thomas Lamb. The theater may be available for lease or purchase. If you are interested, please contact me at your earliest convenience for more information. Timing is crucial! Thanks!

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