323 Walnut Street,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Majestic Theatre
The Rio Theatre was on Walnut Street across from Capitol Park and adjacent to a large YWCA building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Built in 1908, it began life as the Majestic Theatre featuring vaudeville and shows such as "No, No, Nanette" and "Rose Marie". Deem’s Taylor’s opera, "The King’s Henchman" was performed there and artists such as pianist Josef Hofmann were booked into the house.
It also doubled as a movie theater and in 1938 settled into its final identity as a first-run movie theater, the Rio Theatre, opening with Frank Capra’s "You Can’t Take It With You". It continued to show quality film fare until the late-1940’s when it slipped into double-feature B-movie programming and a final sad decline.
The Rio Theatre was a beautiful Art Deco style theater with a three-story facade. A large vertical sign spelled out the name which also appeared at the front of the triangular marquee. What appears to be a large circular window was behind the vertical sign. I vaguely remember that the lobby area had a multi-level structure with stairs that suggested its legitimate theater origins.
The Rio Theatre was razed in March of 1955 and Strawberry Square now occupies most of the block.
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