Reo Theater

107 Lincoln Avenue,
Rio, WI 53960

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Reo Theater

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Initially opened in 1910 as an Opera House. It underwent numerous changes in names and configurations from 1915 until 1947. It finally closed in 1958 as the Reo Theater. In addition to the main floor seating, a small balcony contained a "crying room" with 9 seats.The last film shown was "Jailhouse Rock" with Elvis Presley.

Currently a small-town bar and grill named the Old Theater Tavern, which occupies the former lobby area and the auditorium is used for storage. There are pictures on the walls of how the building looked over the years when it was a movie theater and the bartender will let you read a written history of the place if you ask.

Contributed by trolleyguy

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Trolleyguy on June 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Here’s a current picture of the Old Tavern Theater.

And here’s a mailer from the 50’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Boy, i never would have thought that was a movie theatre.Thanks for picture Trolleyguy.

TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Put a marquee on it and it would look like a theatre,Thanks Trolleyguy.

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