Rio Theatre

271 Broadway,
Idaho Falls, ID 83405

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Rio Theatre

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The Rio opened under the name of the Broadway in 1924 but was soon taken over by Fox West Coast and renamed the Fox. The 1934 Golden Jubilee edition of the Post-Register says that when Fox defaulted on their lease, its manager resumed the lease and reopened it in 1934 under the name of the Rio.

It was later operated by DeMordaunt and Drennan and finally by Carmike Cinemas who closed it in January of 2001.

A barbershop still operates near the entrance of the building. A few blocks away is the Colonial Theatre and the Centre Twin, the oldest theater in Idaho Falls.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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teecee
teecee on April 26, 2005 at 7:43 am

Recent night photo at this link:
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RobertR
RobertR on April 26, 2005 at 8:29 am

What a great place, too bad it’s closed.

op712
op712 on September 28, 2007 at 9:44 pm

There were times that the Paramount on “A” street and the Rio on Broadway would compete in being the best theatres in town. In the middle 50’s, for a couple of years, the RIO had the lead in that exhibition race, but eventually, Fox Intermountain’s “Paramount” would reign supreme for the city.

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