509-11 Lackawanna Avenue,
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Architects: C.E. Gayeski
Firms: Rex Craft Associates
Styles: Spanish Renaissance
Previous Names: Riviera Theatre
The Riviera Theatre was opened on December 6, 1928 with Colleen Moore in “Lilac Time”. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Frank Walker.
The theatre was remodeled by architectural firm Rex Craft Associates, headed by architect C.E. Gayeski. It reopened as the Center Theatre on October 6, 1960 with Charlton Heston in “Ben Hur” presented as a roadshow presentation. In the early-1970’s it was operated by the Scranton based ABC Theatres chain. It later went over to screening X-Rated movies and closed in the 1980’s.
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