Riviera Theatre

906 Pacific Avenue,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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The Riviera Theatre was opened in 1929. It was known as the Capri Theatre for the final few years of operation.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 1, 2005 at 2:49 pm

Listed as the Riviera Theatre in Film Daily Yearbook’s that I have; editions 1941, 1943 and 1950. Seating capacity is given as 1,100 in the 1940’s and 606 in 1950.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 2, 2005 at 8:07 pm

I just found a record through the Tacoma Public Library that says the Liberty Theater was at 906-08 Pacific Ave. in 1918 and in the 1920s.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 3, 2005 at 12:17 am

Another site I looked at said this theater was also known as the Regent.

So far, it’s been the Regent, Riviera, Liberty and Capri.

Any others?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2012 at 7:16 am

The Tacoma-Pierce County Buildings Index says that the Riviera Theatre was built on the site of the former Liberty Theatre. It was new construction, as the Liberty building had been erected as a commercial structure in 1884 and was obsolete. The Riviera was opened on July 7, 1929 in a building designed by architect Silas E. Nelsen.

This house was next door to the building which had housed the first Tacoma Pantages Theatre, which later became the Victory, but was closed by late 1924, five years before the Riviera replaced the Liberty.

This photo of the Capri Theatre from the Tacoma Public Library is dated c.1966. Another photo, dated c.1963 shows the house with the Riviera name still on its marquee. The Index says the name was changed in 1964, and the building was demolished as part of an urban renewal project in 1969.

This photo depicts the entrance to the Liberty Theatre in either 1926 or 1927 (the years of the two bouts between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney), so not too long before the house was demolished to make way for the Riviera.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2012 at 7:19 am

The Tacoma library web site has been having problems all night, so the links in my previous comment might not be displaying anything. If the library doesn’t fix its problems soon I’ll just repost the comment without links, and put the library on the list of web sites I never link to.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 8, 2012 at 8:00 am

Pictured in this 1929 trade journal: archive

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