Rio Theatre

1439 Main Street,
Sweet Home, OR 97386

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This theatre was built in 1950 and has somewhat been in operation since. The Rio Theatre has undergone major renovation and restoration. It has a 1953 Motograph projector and has just installed a DTS system. In 2013, it installed digital projection equipment. It is a first run theatre that has a great local and regional following. Live concerts and other stage rentals helps fill the needs of an entire county.

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chelseahomemaker
chelseahomemaker on April 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

i am interested in renting this theater for my wedding in may of 2011. please let me know if this is possible.
-Chelsea Watts

77budsson
77budsson on November 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Does anyone have photos from the mid 60’s to 1975? My dad, Bud Brown owned it at that time and I cant find any pictures of it. Other than one of dad sitting at the ticket both. The sign behind him read Adults – $1.25
Studens – .75
I remember dad would give free popcorn to the families that he new didnt have much money.
He later went on to manage the Santiam Drive in, the Motor Vu drive in and the Kuhn theater.

Thanks, Todd Brown

shomerio
shomerio on April 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Live the retirement dream in beautiful Sweet Home Oregon. Foster Lake and the Cascade Mountains beckon as you aspire for the perfect retirement scenario. Own a fun, part time entertainment business in a small town and live in the apartment upstairs. The single screen Rio Theatre for sale on Main ST. in Sweet Home, Oregon. Enjoy providing the community with first run, family oriented movies Friday through Sunday, then take the rest of the week off! Local community events, special showings, and/or daily movie showings are at your command. This is the perfect opportunity to make a modest income but still enjoy leisure time. Look us up at riotheatreinc.com. $295,000. 541-401-3500.

77budsson
77budsson on April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Just wondering was there anythings still under the old stage?

shomerio
shomerio on April 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

When I bought the building and the building, it was pretty baron as fr as collectables go. Since then I have accumulated 1200-1500? posters and 50 complete 35mm movies. I also have some old new lamp housing bulbs, misc parts for motograph projectors, spare platter system, and a lot more vintage and collectable items. I am trying to include these item in an on the sale of the theatre, to allow a new owner with a ready ebay business. I have too much stuff and can be overpowering to someone that is new to the business. I accumulate stuff where ever I am and am having to “clean house” at th theatre and at my home. Thanks for the question. Mie

77budsson
77budsson on April 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Oh I was just curious. Dad “ Bud Brown” had sold the Rio, I think in 1975 I was in the 7th grade I remembered that we had a lot of stuff under there. We moved to Lebanon where he managed the Motor Vu, the Khun and the Santiam Drive inn.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

A few 2011 photo can be seen here, here and here.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on January 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

The Rio suffered some water damage on Dec. 5th 2013, one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the Willamette Valley. The lobby, concession area and bathrooms were all damaged. However, the auditorium and the new digital projector were spared. It appears they have made all the repairs and is open again this Friday Jan. 31st.

Novagoat
Novagoat on April 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

We just moved to town and my son and I walk to the Rio to watch Rio 2 today was a very hot day and my six year old took a water bottle. Upon walking up to buy our tickets some old guy who I think owns the place said can’t you read. I looked down and being 40 years old I knew there must by a no drink or outside food sign he must be talking about. I said it’s just water and we can dump it out no problem , and he said no containers allowed. At that point I lost my head, whatever happen to customer service, who doesn’t sneak candy and such into movies give me a break it’s a water bottle sir you are a jackass. Please don’t give these people your hard eared money they are not worthy. It’s a shame to because I really liked the old place and cheap prices, but now they will never see one cent from my family and friends.

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