Del Rio Theater

3300 Atchison Street,
Riverbank, CA 95367

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Architects: Otto A. Deichmann

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Del Rio Marquee 2010

The former Del Rio Theater is located in Riverbank, CA, which is just east of Modesto. It opened on April 30, 1947 with Wallace Beery in “The Mighty McGurk”.

It was converted into a restaurant and also doubled as a bingo hall. The theater has kept its famous sign but is vacant in 2018.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Despite its condemnation in 2012, a Google street view dated May, 2018 shows Del Rio building still standing, with its vertical sign intact. It did look vacant at that time, and I’ve found no recent information about it on the Internet. The most recent mention is a March 23, 2016 article in The Modesto Bee. At that time the building had been sold to a Modesto businessman who intended to renovate it for use as an event center. The project had obviously not come to fruition by May this year.

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