Riviera Theatre

714 Fourth Street,
Sioux City, IA 51103

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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 Tri States Theatres when it opened: two-projector automation with xenon lamps.

The theater is currently open showing second run movies and is equipped with digital projection.

Contributed by Mike Geater

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

RobertR
RobertR on February 17, 2004 at 2:00 pm

No never been there but I used to be in the theatre business, both booking and operating and I hate to see the whole second run business dry up. There are alot of people who cant afford or wont pay $10 (NY price right now) to see a movie. The second run discount policy makes good use of theatres that were never palaces or first rate plexes. In NY second run is just about dead.

jshenjes
jshenjes on February 17, 2004 at 2:05 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
failure on March 19, 2004 at 10:16 am

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

jshenjes
jshenjes on March 19, 2004 at 10:21 am

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
failure on March 19, 2004 at 10:27 am

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
EStorm on May 7, 2004 at 5:07 pm

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

Dan70sFan
Dan70sFan on January 5, 2010 at 6:11 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
jshenjes on January 31, 2010 at 9:33 am

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
sporridge on January 31, 2010 at 9:56 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on December 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

Official website is down, but an Facebook page is up.

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