5566 Riverview Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Arthur Enterprises Inc.
Architects: William Schlesinger
Styles: Quonset Hut
The Rio Theatre opened November 22, 1939, designed by architect William Schlesinger. It was part of the Arthur Enterprises Inc. (Fanchon & Marco) this was one of two theatres in the St. Louis area built in the Quonset Hut style. Single floor theatre with a large lobby. A lot of neon adorned the front of the building and the marquee.
Located just off the main boulevard of W. Florissant Avenue on Riverview Boulevard, the theatre was located in the Walnut Park area of the northwest section of the city. Densley populated with an old German clientele. The Rio Theatre stayed around until 1973 when the neighborhood started to change and the older population moved to the suburbs. Lombardo’s restaurant finally bought the property and demolished the theatre for a parking lot.
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