Loew's Rio Theatre
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Opened in March 1920, the Rio Theatre was already a thriving vaudeville-movie theatre when Loew’s took over in the early-1920’s, but I have no information about its architectural style or what the name signified. But I some how doubt that it related to anything Brazilian. Due to its location so far uptown at Broadway and W. 159th Street, the Rio Theatre was probably patronized only by residents of the area. Loew’s Rio Theatre was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 32 rank theatre pipe organ.
After the opening of Loew’s 175th Street in 1930, the Rio Theatre was reduced to playing the same programs, but two weeks later. Loew’s Rio Theatre closed in March 1957 with Tyrone Power in “Abandon Ship” (aka Seven Waves Away) & Ben Gazzara in “The Strange One”. It became a supermarket for the next 50 years. In 2011, it was in multiple store use as ‘Plaza de Las Americas’. By 2017 it was SuperFood Town.
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