Riviera Theatre

N. 2nd Street,
Niles, MI 49120

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Then & Now image courtesy of Jason Madrigal, photo montage courtesy of Donna Ochenryder Collection.

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Opened 1930, closed 1961, it was owned by Butterfield Theaters.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I made a mistake. The Riviera opened in 1920, not 1930. It was built by John Baumann.

Donna Ochenryder whose photos were added, worked at the Riviera 1948 to 1951 as an Usher and finished working for Eleanor Baumann in the popcorn/candy stand.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on August 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

What year were the tickets for or do you know the attraction? They have reserved seating on the tickets.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 29, 2015 at 7:46 am

I found the tickets image in a Facebook post in a Group called “If you grew up in Niles/SW Michigan then you remember what…..who….”. It is what led me to researching and adding the Riviera to CT. I lucked out by scrolling endlessly through the Group’s Photo Section, and finding the other photos. Which helped distinguish it from the other Riviera Theatre in nearby Three Rivers Michigan, which was also pictured in the Group with a similar marquee. The two towns are 36 miles apart. Some group members had no recollection of the Riviera in Niles. As it closed over 50 years ago.

There was no description with the tickets photo, other than this: “These may jog some memories of the Niles population….a long gone establishment from the ‘Good old Days’ in downtown. 2 tickets for the Riviera Theater.”

Here is a link to the Group. Copy & paste to view.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/263439923682065/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 29, 2015 at 8:20 am

Thanks OCRon! Maybe CT Admins can update both now.

Address: 110-112 N. 2nd Street. Year Opened: 1920.

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