Rio Theatre

136 S. Main Street,
Irving, TX 75060

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drmichaelbell on June 6, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Well, when my family moved to Irving in mid-1946, it did have two walk-in theaters, the Rio and Irving Theater. I used to go to both depending on what was playing. Of course as a six or seven year old kid, I wouldn’t watch anything but westerns.

The Irving Theater was much more modern than the Rio. The inside of the Rio was lined with open-flame gas heaters. Its a wonder that none of us died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Rio didn’t make it until the early-1960’s, because it burned down in the 1950s. They just left the lot vacant.

Michael Bell
Irving resident 1946 – 1981

dallasmovietheaters on January 17, 2019 at 7:18 am

The original Irving Theatre on Main Street was opened in September of 1924 likely on a 15-year lease. Operator E.R. Lawrence sold the theatre on August 26, 1935 to Hans Smith. Smith opted to build the New Irving Theatre, a streamlined moderne facility, launching in 1939. After a period of vacancy, I believe this theatre became the Rio Theatre closing under that name. It was converted for other retail purposes.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 24, 2012 at 12:02 am

2 Photos of the Original Irving Theatre, taken back in August of 2008. Click on photos to enlarge.. Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer