67 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Billed as the “Showplace of the Tonawandas”, the Riviera Theatre was built during the year 1926, by the Yellen Family. The architects Leon H. Lempart and Son drew the plans, which were patterned after the Italian Renaissance. The interior artwork was painted at the Rochester Studio of Willard M. Lusk, by Ferdinand Kebely.
Today the historic Riviera Theatre is owned and operated by the Riviera Theatre and Organ Preservation Society (RTOPS), a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The mission is to preserve and maintain the Historic Riviera Theatre and the Mighty WurliTzer Organ and to promote the performing arts.
Over the past several years the Riviera Theatre has made great progress including the restoration of our iconic marquee; improvements to our stage rigging system; digital projection conversion project and fully re-mediated a brownfield site behind the theatre that will now Set The Stage for our planned $6.1 Million Riviera Theatre Expansion and Development Project which includes 23,000 square feet of new performance space and amenities.
Today the Riviera Theatre is a regional destination with 100,000 visitors annually and a $3 Million annual positive economic impact to the community and region. Visitors form across New York State; Southern Ontario Canada; Ohio; Pennsylvania and beyond now attend events. As a direct result of the progress, we now see the revitalized areas around the theatre with new restaurants, bars and shops and a new sense of pride.
The Riviera Theatre could not do any of this without the continued generous support of patrons and supporters in the community.
The Riviera Theatre continues to seek support to help SET THE STAGE so that many more successful chapters of the Riviera’s history will be written in years to come, and that this heritage may be shared for many future generations to enjoy.