Del Rio Theater

3300 Atchison Street,
Riverbank, CA 95367

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Del Rio Marquee 2010

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The former Del Rio Theater is located in Riverbank, California, which is just east of Modesto. It opened in 1947.

Now converted into a restaurant, the theater has kept its famous sign and also doubles as a bingo hall.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2009 at 11:42 pm

The June 21, 1947, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said the the new Del Rio Theatre had opened recently. The owner was William Peters, who also owned the El Rey Theatre in Manteca, the Rio Theatre in Ripon, and the Lyric Theatre in Escalon.

The Del Rio had 750 seats, 135 of them loges. The architect was O.E. Deichmann of San Francisco, who also designed the Park Theatre in Menlo Park.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2009 at 11:46 pm

That’s supposed to be O.A. Deichmann.

kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Here is a 5/25/09 story about possible demolition from the Modesto Bee:

kencmcintyre on August 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Here is somebody’s term paper, subject Del Rio Theater:

kencmcintyre on August 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I thought that was pretty funny too. Even has photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I give it a B-. It would have been a B+ but for the claim that Otto Deichmann was “…the foremost theater designer in the west at the time.”

kencmcintyre on August 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

You’re a tough grader. Glad you weren’t at my school.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

An April 9, 2012 article in the Modesto Bee says that the City of Riverbank has condemned the Del Rio Theatre building and it is now vacant. The redevelopment agency that was to have overseen the renovation of the house is near default and will probably be shut down. At this point, it seems unlikely that the Del Rio Theatre will be saved.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

A few 2011 photos can be seen here and here.

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