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This theater is now a 4 screen, all digital 2nd run theater. The two large theaters were divided in half and the lobby and restrooms were remodeled.
This is a win/win situation. Not only was the Plaza too small and primed for closing, the Riviera was begging to be used again.
I live in Atlanta now and we have a Madstone Theater. I’m sure you’re familiar with them. They seem to have made it a flourishing business.
Did you ever see a show in the Riviera Robert? You sound maybe like you have or have a personal interest in the theater. The Riviera is an architectural example of what was wrong with architecture in the 70’s. There isn’t much soul with this place and it’s total utilitarian design is a yawn. Now, the Sioux City Orpheum, that’s a theater with some chutzpah! Probably the greatest theater in Iowa of it’s type right now, the Adler in Davenport and the Paramount in Cedar Rapids included.
Since the late 90’s (1998 I think, or 97). It’s a huge theater by today’s standards, surprised that a 2nd run theater could support so many seats (440 on side, 660 on the other). I can’t even count how many times I saw a movie here in the 70’s/80’s. Saw the first Star Wars movie. Scared witless by “Halloween” in 1978 (enamored with Jamie Lee Curtis though…). This will replace the Plaza Twin theaters in Marketplace Mall which were torn down to renovate the mall. This is quite a trade up as the Plaza theaters would have both fit in the smallest of the two Riviera auditoriums. Since closing the Riviera has been a live music venue (Big Head Todd & The Monsters in fact have a CD called “Riviera” which features the theater on it’s cover). That closed a year or two ago and the building has been for sale. I had heard rumors that it was being looked at as Funny Bones Comedy Club on one side and a blues&jazz music/nightclub on the other but that didn’t materialize. Right across to the east from the Riviera is a massive new movie theater complex going up with 14 stadium seat theaters on the top 2 levels and restaurants and high vaulted ceiling lobby on the bottom level.
Should give the 12 stadium screen plex at Southern Hills Mall some pretty good competition.
Photos of the demolition? Break in and document the insides of the place!!!
THE RIVIERA THEATER IS GETTING READY TO RE-OPEN. ERIC HILSABECK IS A CO-OWNER OF THE RIVIERA. HE SAYS THE THEATER, WHICH WAS BUILD IN THE 1970â€™S, NEEDS A LITTLE WORK BEFORE ITâ€™S READY FOR MOVIE-GOERS. HILSABECK MANAGED THE PLAZA THEATER IN THE MARKETPLACE SHOPPING CENTER BEFORE IT CLOSED TO ALLOW FOR RENOVATION OF THAT MALL. HILSABECK SAYS THE SCREENS WILL BE THE SECOND LARGEST IN SIOUX CITY â€" ONLY THE HISTORIC ORPHEUM THEATERâ€™S IS LARGER. THE RIVIERA IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON FEB. 27.
This theater is now about to reopen as a 2nd run theater with seats selling for $3. Go to http://www.rivieramovies.com This will be right next door to the new 14 seat cineplex being built in downtown Sioux City set to open this fall, 2004.