Wanted: Performing arts theatre in any condition.

posted by rivieraservices on June 6, 2007 at 7:34 am

Looking to purchase or lease performing arts theatre in any condition and in any location.

Comments (19)

moviejs on June 6, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Check out the Alhambra Theatre in Evansville, IN. It’s small, but very nicely restored to it’s original condition. Contact Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel’s office for info. Good luck!

LorenzoTheatre on June 6, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I am part of a non-profit group that is working to restore the Lorenzo Theatre in San Lorenzo, CA. Depending on your needs, possibly we can help each other.

You can reach me at


Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 6, 2007 at 4:00 pm

What is Riviera Services?

vic1964 on June 6, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Please check out the Capitol in Windsor Ontario Canada.It is a Thomas Lamb theatre bult by Loews in 1920.Great location!It has a page on this site.

rivieraservices on June 6, 2007 at 11:16 pm

I know that the Capital theatre in Winsor is up for grabs. Unfortunately the location is not that great. Its just across the bridge from Niagara Falls. Thats why it went tits up.

vic1964 on June 7, 2007 at 10:21 am

Actually it is across the bridge from detroit.Niagara falls is 3hours away.The location in downtown Windsor near the waterfront is good but i think the theatre may have been mismanaged.The decision to keep the back have devided for instance instead of a complete restoration.I think its worth a look but good luck anyhow.

rivieraservices on June 7, 2007 at 11:21 am

I think you’re probably right-its worth something to someone. But with all the theatres on the market today I’m going to take my time and look for a better location. The fact that theres so many theatres dark at the moment suggests that not all can survive. You need the best location and the best acts to survive. Look at what happened to Livent, they had the best shows in the business. When Phantom of the opera started at pantages, it was sold out for two years in a row-thats unheard of. Yet they went tits up as well! I understand that the local government has plans for capital so I’ll leave it to them.

vargragg on June 7, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Oasis Theatre in Blue Island, IL (Chicago) is for sale. Was originally movie theatre, but have been converted and used for performing arts. Seats about 320 I think, and has a larger dining area. Number for is 708-955-8321.

rivieraservices on June 8, 2007 at 3:55 am

Thanks but its just a little bit too small for what I had in mind-a concert venue.

paulaclark on June 12, 2007 at 4:32 pm

The Port Theatre In Port St. Joe Florida is going up for auction on August 2nd to the highest bidder. The acoustics in the Port Theatre are incredible! It was built acoustically RIGHT for concerts.
If you want additional information on the auction, feel free to call Higgenbotham Auctioneers, International, LLC 863-644-6681. Probably in about a week or two, there will be flyers going out on this auction. For detailed information about the theatre itself, you could call my husband, one of the owners, Wade Clark at 931-629-4080 and he could tell you detailed information about condition, size, etc. We bought the Port Theatre in 1995 and spent 12 years working on it, and doing a weekly auction in it, until late last year. It’s in the center of the downtown in a lovely Gulf Coast town.

rivieraservices on June 12, 2007 at 11:30 pm

I’ve seen pictures of the Port theatre, it seems to need A LOT of work. I think the place has been gutted to make an auction house. I think it would be more cost effective to build a new theatre. Do you have any idea where the biding will start?

brande on June 15, 2007 at 11:30 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 12:47 pm

the Des Moines cinema in Des Moines WA is available has more commercial space with it

rivieraservices on June 15, 2007 at 1:26 pm

I dont know how it looks but I was looking more for a theatre not a cinema. Thanks

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 17, 2007 at 12:36 am

What sort of business are you planning to operate?

rivieraservices on June 18, 2007 at 5:22 am

I’m planning on transforming a performing arts theatre into a cultural entertainment venue for just about any form of live entertainment e.g. music, comedy, dance, competitions of various kinds. I’ve been in the business for 20 years now and I beleive there’s a market for it if I can find the right place at the right price in the right location. Until then I’ll keep on searching.

bbolton on June 26, 2007 at 9:11 am

We have this:


Great following – new baby – no time!


ssteve on July 16, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Check out the Norwalk Theatre located in Norwalk Ohio, midway between Toledo and Cleveland. Has been a performing arts theatre since the 1970’s with stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, baby grand piano. Still has pull down movie screen and projection equipment if you want to run movies too. Seats 700 on main level and 225 in Balcony. Go to www.norwalktheatre.com to see pictures. For more info email me at

robinofthehood on September 29, 2007 at 8:34 am

You might be interested in the Strand and Riviera theaters in downtown Binghamton, NY. Both are for sale @ asking price of $160k/negotiable. The Strand is smaller and has been a small restaurant for many years (now closed). Next door (buildings are literally side by side) is the much bigger Riveria or Stone Opera House – it would be perfect for a performing arts center. There are financial incentives available throught city/county/state for redevelopment and restoration. I would be interested in partnering with someone who would redevelop. Together, the buildings would make and ideal situation – keeping the restaurant in the smaller venue while taking advantage of the smaller stage in the Strand and offering a larger performance venue next door at the Riviera. Both buildings are listed here on the website if you do a search. Feel free to contact me if you have an interest or questions – thanks. Rob

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