Rio Theater

1413 Park Street,
Alameda, CA 94501

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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In a sense, the Rio Theater can be called a once-and-future store, as it had been converted from a store when it opened on August 12, 1943 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “It Ain’t Hay” & William Gargan in “Destination Unknown”. Closing April 1, 1954, it has since become a store once more.

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stefoscope on December 10, 2004 at 4:19 pm

This theatre’s original art deco painted ceiling still exists underneath the current false drop-ceiling.

gsmurph on May 21, 2005 at 9:11 pm

A card and stationary store operates there today.

gsmurph on June 16, 2005 at 8:36 am

The Rio opened August 12, 1943 and closed April 1, 1954.

GaryParks on March 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

The entrance to the Rio was on the right half of the terra cotta clad facade in the Google photo. Note that in the three bays on the Right there are no transom windows. This is where the marquee was. If one goes around the corner and walks up the alley next to the Alameda Theatre, the small brick auditorium structure of the former Rio is obvious.

rivest266 on August 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

August 12th, 1943 grand opening ad in the photo section.

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