Riviera 4 Theatre

714 4th Street,
Sioux City, IA 51101

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Riviera 4 Theatre

Opened by Cinema Treasures contributor, Mike Geater, in the early-1970’s, the Riviera Theatre was a classic 1970’s palace that emulated the look and functionality of the Plazas that were built elsewhere in Iowa.

One side had 660 seats, the other 440. It also featured something new for TriStates Theatres when it opened: two-projector automation with xenon lamps.

The theatre was showing second run movies and is equipped with digital projection. A third screen was later added, and by January 2010 a fourth screen had been added. It was closed on July 2, 2016.

Contributed by Mike Geater

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

jshenjes on February 17, 2004 at 5:05 pm

I live in Atlanta now and we have a Madstone Theater. I’m sure you’re familiar with them. They seem to have made it a flourishing business.

failure on March 19, 2004 at 1:16 pm

Eric Hilsabeck Rocks!!! He is a wonderful human being!

jshenjes on March 19, 2004 at 1:21 pm

This is a win/win situation. Not only was the Plaza too small and primed for closing, the Riviera was begging to be used again.

failure on March 19, 2004 at 1:27 pm

Eric Hilsabeck is the embodiment of Goodness and Beauty. My sister named her first born son after him in honor of his humanity to man. Also I went to college with him so I might be a little biased.

EStorm on May 7, 2004 at 8:07 pm

the Riviera Theatre was designed by the architectural firm of DeWild, Grant & Rickert (DGR).

Dan70sFan on January 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I remember seeing several movies here growing up. I saw Empire Strikes Back when it first came out in May,1980 here,as well as the Blue Brothers,Blue Thunder and several others. I also remember going to the Cameo Theatre in Sioux City,which isn’t on this site (It had a light up “cameo” sign on the front,and was a double screen theatre as well ,it was across for JCPenny to the west.)

jshenjes on January 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm

This theater is now a 4 screen, all digital 2nd run theater. The two large theaters were divided in half and the lobby and restrooms were remodeled.

sporridge on January 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Just realized one nice thing about digital projection: no splices, scratches, or other flaws.

rayman29 on July 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

The riviera closed a week ago.

rivest266 on October 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm

This opened on September 24th, 1971. Grand opening ad in the photo section and below

Found on Newspapers.com

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