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Riviera Theatre

2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
Jam Productions
4746 N Racine Ave
Chicago IL 60640

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Record #9887  
 Opened: October 2, 1918
Capacity: 2300 seats
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s): French Renaissance
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz, ABC Great States Theatres, Plitt Theatres, Brotman and Sherman Theatres

This is the theater that started it all for architects Rapp & Rapp. It also happens to be the theater where they made all of their mistakes, which include the virtual non-existence of a lobby. The Riviera opened in 1918 and featured stage shows and movies. Concerts took over in the mid-1970s. In 1984, the seats on the main floor were removed, reducing the capacity to 2,300. The chandelier in the entry originally hung in the Granada Theatre, which was demolished in 1990.

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Photos from the Norman Plant collection.

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Last featured 7/31/2003. Last edited 7/31/2022.

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