Rio Theater

7714 W. Vernor Highway,
Detroit, MI 48209

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Architects: Cyril Edward Schley

Functions: Furniture Showroom

Styles: Art Deco, Spanish Colonial

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Rio Theater

The Rio opened in 1935, built in an unusual mix of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial styles. It sat around 1400, and was designed by Cyril Edward Schley, a protegee of C. Howard Crane, whose best known Detroit work is the former Telenews (most recently housing a nightclub).

The Rio served as a first-run movie house until it closed in the 1960s. It currently houses a furniture store.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 12:59 am

The Rio was listed in the 1963 motion picture almanac as a Detroit Theater Enterprises house, along with the Hollywood and Roxy in Detroit, the Lucon in East Lansing and the Van Dyke Drive-in in Warren, MI.

spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

According to a comment in Lost Memory’s Link, some of the interior decor still remains although the floor has been (understandably) leveled.

spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 4:13 am

Also, the furniture store has closed; now it is occupied by Grand Ahorro-Mega Savings

jxcac6 on November 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My parents first met there! My mom was ticket girl. I would like to get what ever pictures are out there of front of building including ticket booth. I cant find but 1 Please email any old pictures to Thank You

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