2240 Union Street,
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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Cory Theatre, Union Theatre, Rio Theatre, Toho Rio Theatre, Metro II Theatre
This neighborhood film theatre opened as the Cory Theatre in 1913. It was later renamed Union Theatre, then on November 20. 1941 it was renamed Rio Theatre. It played double bill westerns and revivals through the 1940’s, held family night singalongs and grocery raffles. Later (1950’s) it tried foreign films for a while and was renamed Toho Rio Theatre, screening Japanese films.
Taken over by United Artists in 1968, it became the Metro II on August 16, 1968. It changed hands and became the Rio Theatre again on October 20, 1982. On March 11, 1983 it was taken over by John Buckley, former operator of the Cento Cedar Cinema, who renamed it Mercury Theatre. This began a period of screening foreign movies, but it was closed on February 3, 1986. It was demolished in 1990.
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