Riviera Theatre

2575 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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JimRankin on December 14, 2002 at 9:06 am

The full story of these three theatres, all by noted architect Thomas Lamb, in 1912, is told in the issue of MARQUEE magazine of the Theatre Historical Soc., of Vol. 6, #2, Second Qtr., 1974. (www.HistoricTheatres.org) Many back issues are at the Avery library at Columbia University, as well as the Library of Congress and many others. The cover and three-page article contain five photos of the theatres. This entry should be cataloged under JAPANESE GARDENS THEATRE. The article is entitled: “The Hidden Garden Of Broadway” by the late Michael Miller.

Jean on September 5, 2002 at 3:11 pm

The two theatres each had rooftop theatres as well. The Riverside had a sloping roof atop and the Riviera next door had a full-sized theatre upstairs which seated 1,700. It was styled after a Japanese Tea garden. Each box was draped with silk hangings. William Fox, who owned the theatres sold the Riverside to B.F. Keith. (Keith formed 20th Century Fox).

Jean on August 22, 2002 at 11:37 am

These Shubert Theaters became United Artist Theaters before succumbing to the wrecker’s ball.

Jean on August 22, 2002 at 11:32 am

Covering the entire block, these two theaters were built by the Shuberts before WW1.The theaters were a popular stop along Broadway’s “Subway Circuit.” Located on the roof of one was a rooftop theater and Japanese Tea Garden.

A 31 story apt. building stands in their place.