Vista Theater

241 Main Street,
Rio Vista, CA 94571

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Located in California’s river delta region, the town of Rio Vista was once equipped with a small theater, the Vista Theater. It opened in 1925 and closed in 1974.

When seen by this writer in 1990, its upper facade of buff colored brick was intact, and there was a streamlined moderne ticket lobby. The marquee was gone, and a sign reading Vista Mall was in its place. The interior was converted to multiple retail uses. By 2008, the building has been converted into real estate offices

Contributed by GaryParks

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GaryParks on May 14, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Lost Memory:
Thanks so much for your posts. Other than my one visit to the site and one photo, I knew nothing about the place. On the Century 21 site, it shows that the building looks better now than it did then, plus I had never seen any historic photos. How nice to know that the interior decorative painting is intact. I saw none of that when I went partway into the building. It sounds like the building has been much more mindfully taken care of in recent years.

wurl240 on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

The former Vista has been transformed to a Century 21 office. The theatre interior, with seats removed, has been restored to its c. 1940 appearance. The office welcomes visitors to see the former theatre interior.

JohnRice on November 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

Calvary Chapel Rio Vista now occupies this building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

The May 2, 1925, issue of The Moving Picture World had this announcement: “The New Vista Theatre of Max Weiss at Rio Vista, Cal., is nearing completion.”

There’s a very small photo of the building when the theater was still in operation on this web page. The page says that the first Vista Theatre, which this house replaced, was located in the 100 block of Main Street and was in operation by 1923.

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