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EXTERIOR / MURAL /  BOX OFFICE - Riviera Theatre
57 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY

Built:

1926

Original name:

Rivera Theatre ("rivera" is Spanish for "stream")

1930s name change:

Shea's Riviera

Original owners:

Henry Henschel (realtor) and Max Yellen (financier)

Architect:

Leon H. Lempart and Son

Interior style:

Italian Renaissance

Significance:

One of the last surviving 1920s movie palaces in New York State.

Status:

State and National Registers of Historic Places (1980)


2008 Photos, unless otherwise noted












Terra cotta (mixed with bits of marble top make them sparkle) mermaids with tails of acanthus leaves




Terra cotta cap and arrow           Soldier bricks



Terra cotta arches and keystones




The 3rd marquee since 1926 features about 600 bulbs














Tim Martin Mural - 2008 Photo


2008 photo               Mural by Tim Martin in 1997             Mural depicts Charlie Chaplin with a young Jackie Coogan, stars of the 1921 Chaplin classic, The Kid.           

Right
:  The Riviera's prized Mighty Wurlitzer organ.  "In 1880, the company began manufacturing pianos and eventually relocated to North Tonawanda, New York. It quickly expanded to make band organs, orchestrations, player pianos and pipe or theatre organs popular in theatres during the days of silent movies." -
Wikipedia (online September 2021)

2021 revision below:

Tim Martin Mural  - 2021 Revison

WORK IN PROGRESS



August 4, 2021        Photo courtesy of Chuck Keith



August 4, 2021        Photo courtesy of Chuck Keith


August 4, 2021        Photo courtesy of Chuck Keith





August 8, 2021        Photo courtesy of Chuck Keith






August 28, 2021        Photo courtesy of Chuck Keith




Box Office


Italian Renaissance Revival style




Marble base









Wall sconce






Stained glass



Frieze: gold painted anthemia on blue background










Medallion   ...   Anthemia   ...   Acanthus leaves   ...   Crystal chandelier







Photos and their arrangement 2008 Chuck LaChiusa
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