Riviera 4 Theatre

714 4th Street,
Sioux City, IA 51101

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Previously operated by: Tri-State Theaters

Firms: DeWild, Grant & Rickert

Previous Names: Riviera I & II Theatre

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Riviera 4 Theatre

Opened by Cinema Treasures contributor, Mike Geater, on September 24, 1971 with Tom Laughlin in “Billy Jack” & John Pillip Law in “The Love Machine”. The Riviera I & II Theatre was a classic 1970’s palace that emulated the look and functionality of the Plazas that were built elsewhere in Iowa.

One screen had 660-seats, the other screen 440-seats. It also featured something new for TriStates Theatres when it opened: two-projector automation with xenon lamps.

The theatre was showing second run movies and is equipped with digital projection. A third screen was later added, and by January 2010 a fourth screen had been added. It was closed on July 2, 2016.

Contributed by Mike Geater

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

failure on March 19, 2004 at 1:16 pm

Eric Hilsabeck Rocks!!! He is a wonderful human being!

jshenjes on March 19, 2004 at 1:21 pm

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.

failure on March 19, 2004 at 1:27 pm

Eric Hilsabeck is the embodiment of Goodness and Beauty. My sister named her first born son after him in honor of his humanity to man. Also I went to college with him so I might be a little biased.

EStorm on May 7, 2004 at 8:07 pm

the Riviera Theatre was designed by the architectural firm of DeWild, Grant & Rickert (DGR).

Dan70sFan on January 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I remember seeing several movies here growing up. I saw Empire Strikes Back when it first came out in May,1980 here,as well as the Blue Brothers,Blue Thunder and several others. I also remember going to the Cameo Theatre in Sioux City,which isn’t on this site (It had a light up “cameo” sign on the front,and was a double screen theatre as well ,it was across for JCPenny to the west.)

jshenjes on January 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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.

sporridge on January 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Just realized one nice thing about digital projection: no splices, scratches, or other flaws.

rayman29 on July 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

The riviera closed a week ago.

rivest266 on October 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm

This opened on September 24th, 1971. Grand opening ad in the photo section and below

Found on Newspapers.com

rayman29 on July 15, 2021 at 1:58 am

It was just announced the Riviera will become the home of several businesses. After 50 years, about 40 as a movie theater, a few years as 2 different night clubs and a few years vacant, the Riviera will be gone for good. There will be a small theater to rent, but no more 50, or in later years 40 foot screens.

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