Rio Theatre

2711 River Road,
Camden, NJ 08105

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The Rio Theatre opened as the Auditorium, was located on River Road just north of North 27th Street. By 1941 it had been re-named Rio Theatre.

Any further information or history on the Rio Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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teecee
teecee on March 6, 2005 at 9:25 pm

John McGowan operated The Rio, at North Twenty Seventh Street and River Road. The Rio was later acquired by the Savar Theatre Corporation, owned by Samuel and Joseph A. Varbalow

teecee
teecee on March 6, 2005 at 9:37 pm

The RIO has for many years been the FAITH HOLY TEMPLE
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST. Photos at this link:
http://www.dvrbs.com/CamdenNJ-MovieTheaters.htm

Badinjun15
Badinjun15 on March 14, 2005 at 3:09 pm

After the Rio closed before the Faith Holy Temple Church it was the
Cramer Hill Boy’s Club which i had many good years playing sports and
social gatherings.posted by Ted Pease ,

RickB
RickB on March 29, 2005 at 4:19 pm

The Rio lasted until the early ‘60s as a theater.

charles1954
charles1954 on May 28, 2005 at 7:50 pm

The Rio was the site of my first movie experience – I remember going there with all my neighborhood friends from 25th Street to see ZORRO! I couldn’t have been more than 6 years old because we moved to Chicago in 1960. I also remember “going across a bridge” to Philadelphia, regularly accompanying an aunt to see films such as LIL' ABNER and BEN HUR. Does anyone know what cinema that might have been? It couldn’t have been far.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 15, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Rendering from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor of what was desribed as the new 750 seat Rio Theatre

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 15, 2007 at 5:37 pm

here’s the rendering:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 15, 2007 at 9:26 pm

There weren’t any theaters left in Camden in the early 80s, when I lived in Philly. Has anyone built one since, maybe in the waterfront area?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 15, 2007 at 9:29 pm

No, there are no open movie theaters in Camden.

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