Riviera Theatre

67 Webster Street,
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

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LouB on June 26, 2008 at 8:33 am

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The above website deals with the 2008 Summer Classic Film Series.

LouB on June 8, 2008 at 9:07 pm


Check out the 2008 Summer Classic Film Series at the Riviera on the above website.

kevins on April 13, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Patsy: The console work will be done in phase II of the project. That work is currently planned for next year. I did upload a recent picture of it.

Patsy on April 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm

KevinS: Pictures of the organ console? Great! Has the organ been refurbished, too?

kevins on April 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for the kind words. I also have latest pictures of the organ console which I will post to that site soon.

Patsy on April 13, 2008 at 11:11 am

KevinS: Your recent posts with photos is truly amazing and awe inspiring as to what can be done to an original theatre that is loved and cared for by the local citizens. I can’t wait to see it, in person, when attending another wonderful organ recital.

LouB on April 13, 2008 at 10:28 am

There are some really nice pictures in the posting above.

kevins on April 13, 2008 at 2:21 am

Here are a few photos of the theatre.
Riviera Theatre Photos

Patsy on April 9, 2008 at 11:59 am

And don’t forget the wonderful Wurlitzer organ recitals held each month on Wednesday nights. Go the theatre website for details.

LouB on April 9, 2008 at 11:42 am

I have come across an ad for this theatre from Sept.4,1982. Rocky III was playing and the price of admission was $1

railroad on April 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Phone number 1960: JAckson 2113

Patsy on March 20, 2008 at 7:47 am

photographz: Yes, this is very true, but that didn’t happen and it is still around for us and future generations to enjoy. If you haven’t attended one of their organ recitals held each month, please treat yourself to a wonderful evening at the beautiful Riviera! One of the most special and visual aspects are the interior stained glass doors leading into the lobby with the letter R in the center of each door.

photographz on March 20, 2008 at 7:35 am

Just a side note in this theater’s history-in June of 2007, it narrowly escaped being seriously damaged by fire: View link

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on March 1, 2008 at 11:05 am

Harold Lloyd Film Festival, April 18-20, 2008.
Sponsored by The Riviera Theatre, The Buffalo Film Society, and the Bufffalo International Film Festival.

More information:
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LouB on February 14, 2008 at 9:54 am

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As you can see by the above article renovations continue at the Riv!

LouB on February 11, 2008 at 9:37 am

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The above article deals with the Wurlitzer organ at the Riviera.

Patsy on January 12, 2008 at 7:30 am

LOUB: Thanks for the update on this wonderful theatre! I just sent the website to a Dr. Bill Snyder, resident organist Tennessee Theatre Knoxville Tennessee!

LouB on January 11, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Correction-renovation not renevation.

LouB on January 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm


The above site shows renevation currently taking place.

PGlenat on October 19, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Just to clarify, which of the chandeliers from the Genesee theatre ended up in the Riviera auditorium? I gather from opus 1280’s posts, as well as others, that it is the Genessee auditorium chandelier and not the one from the lobby, although John Basil’s comments suggest otherwise.
That leaves only one nagging question. What happened to the remaining (presumably) large chandelier from the Genesee?

LouB on October 19, 2007 at 3:55 pm

I was in North Tonawanda today and found the “Riv” to be in tip-top shape.
I also stopped at the local library where I had the opportunity to look through Mr.Basil’s book which I was very impressed with. When it goes on sale I plan on getting a copy for my home library.

JohnBasil on October 16, 2007 at 7:20 am

In response to Opus1280. The confussion is centered around a Genesee Theater chandelier which is now at the Riviera Theater. In my posting on Sept 20,06 I questioned what chandelier actually went to the Riviera. I recently met with Nicholas Cintorino, a local theater historian. Nick was also a patron at Basil’s Genesee. I also got together with Diane Wetzler, a chasier in the box office while I managed the Genesee Theater. The Boxoffice was in the palatial (3 floors high) lobby. My mind was always centered in the auditorium in explaining the “Chandelier”. Nick and Diane refreshed my memory in telling me there were 2 chandeliers and one was in the lobby. The lobby chandelier was smaller, not exactly the same but in ways similar to the chandelier in the auditorium of the theater. The chandelier operations were not the same because the structure and size of the lobby was not like the auditorium. Therefore different in some respects to size and design.\Also, removing the lobby chandelier and through double-entry doors to the Riviera Theater was a very easy movement. After placement in the Riviera auditorium, the condition, design, and operation depended entirely on the people working in the theater. I am wondering if my clarification will lead to an armistice or ?
I no longer have any time on the internet as my book “ True Theater History During the 20th Century” has been donated to individuals worldwide. Also, to libraries and educational schools. Next year 2 books will be in release. One national, the other more expansive in Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. The entire book of 700 pages with over 300 photos is Non-Fiction and validated by people that lived, worked and owned motion picture theaters during jth 20th century.

Patsy on October 8, 2007 at 11:38 am

LOUB: Great news. I think one of the maintenance men named Al is always there and I’m sure cared for that chandelier like it was “his child” as is the entire theatre to him.

LouB on October 7, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Patsy:From what I’ve read its back in place. I hope to get there soon and see it.

Patsy on October 7, 2007 at 6:40 pm

LOUB: Thanks for the site! In the photo I can see a chandelier so wondered what the status is of it now?