Holiday Cocktails 2016

Holiday Cocktails

We've been slowly launching our holiday cocktails over the last week, but now they're officially out! Menus are printed, the chalkboard has been decorated, and they're ready for you to come and enjoy.

One of these lovely little cocktails is featured in the 12 Cocktails of Christmas this Friday, December 2: 5pm-8pm (part of the Main Street Stroll).


New Brew!

Mango Magnifico con Calor 2016
"Mango Magnifico is a high-gravity fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros to add just the right amount of heat. The delicate flavors imparted by the sweet richness of the mango are punctuated perfectly by the subtle heat of the habaneros, proving that fruit beers do not have to be one-note. Each 750mL bottle of this 10% ABV ale is both sophisticated and refreshing, making it the perfect beer to share... or to keep all to yourself."
(pulled from Founders Brewing website profile.)



Giving Tuesday (11/29)

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Our downtown events bring us together to take care of our community, bring entertainment and enjoyment into our lives, and to bring us something more than the everyday mundane small towns are so often accused of falling into; this is our way of providing a way for you to show your support, say thank you, and give back this holiday season.

What is your favorite downtown Three Rivers event? Three Rivers Clean Up, Sass in the City, Harmony Fest, Christmas Around Town, or Huss Future Fest (headquartered downtown)? Today at the Riviera you can cast your vote for your favorite with your pocketbook and the Riviera will match your donation (up to $100).

We open at 4pm, please see the bartender to donate.

Cyber Monday (11/28)

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TODAY ONLY: Buy your Three Men and a Tenor - Ha Ha Holiday Show tickets online and you'll get 10% off all of your concessions and bar purchases at the show! See the Three Men and a Tenor page for more information on the event.

Shop Small Saturday (11/26)
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Today's special is 33% off of out-the-door bottles of wine, and this includes ALL our wines we normally carry as well as these wines brought in special for the holiday season:
Leelanau Cellars - Tall Ship Moscato
Chateau Grand Traverse - Cherry Reserve Port
Chateau Grand Traverse - Late Harvest Riesling
Chateau Grand Traverse - Semi-Dry Riesling
Fenn Valley - Late Harvest Vignole
Fenn Valley - Riesling Semi-Dry
Round Barn - Cabernet Sauvignon
Free Run - Cabernet Franc
Bowers Harbor - Chardonnay "Unwooded"
Black Star Farms - Pinot Noir Rose

A few are limited supply, so hurry in!

Black Friday Special (11/25)

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Come in today and get 10% off of your purchase of a Riviera Gift Card!
Our gift cards are good for both bar and theatre, so whether you're shopping for a film buff, a craft beer connoisseur, or just want to gift someone with a night out (drinks and an artisanal pizza always sound lovely), we have you covered!

Mark Higgins - 15 October
Mark is a local musician who always delivers a fun evening. He has a real enthusiasm and love for music, and it shows every time he gets behind a microphone and his guitar. We loving having him in, make sure you keep an eye out for him to return!

DASAS Behind the Mask - 22 October

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Behind the Mask was a masquerade fundraiser put on by the local Domestic and Sexual Abuse Service (DASAS). We've wanted to have a masquerade event of some kind here since our doors opened approximately 8 years ago, but it just never worked, so when DASAS came to us with the idea we were so excited. Not only was it a great event but was also for a truly good cause.
Prizes for best dressed, best dressed couple, best homemade mask, and several others were handed out. The 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera played on the big screen; there were live performers (including fire work), music, and an auction for masks handmade by survivors DASAS has worked with.
All proceeds went to DASAS and we hope they make this an annual event. (Photos below by Interesting Developments from Dawn, originals can be found on her facebook page.)

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Frankenstein (1931) - 28 & 29 October
The original film adaptation of Frankenstein played here for two nights in honor of Halloween, and how can you not watch at least one classic horror film during October? Especially one partially credited with helping establish the horror genre for Hollywood. (Did you see the videos we posted from BBC's "History of Horror"?)
One of our staff members has been a fan of the Mary Shelly classic for years and was thrilled to see the original adaptation.
The 1931 version did this beautiful thing that we see so rarely in modern versions, it showed The Monster had the capacity and desire to learn and develop, to be sweet, it's something skipped in most retellings. Its "monster" nature is credited to the "abnormal" brain used in its creation, as well as the fear it has and (much like Mary Shelly's Monster) the abuse it suffers at the hands of humans. Where the book lays the real horrors at the feet of humanity's shortcomings, the film balances the horrors beautifully between what we've come to expect from horror (a monster lurking in the shadows) and humanity's shortcomings.

Halloween - 28 October
If you missed our Halloween party this year we are truly sorry, but don't worry there is always next year! Three prizes were awarded this year. Best Super Hero went to our own local Clark Kent, Most Creative went to this lovely space cat, and Creepiest went to the Grady Twins from The Shinning. The twins stood at the end of the foyer to bid a dead-in-the-eyes farewell those leaving the night's last showing of Frankenstein.

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Way Down Wanderers - 29 October
If you haven't heard the Way Down Wanderers we feel truly sorry for your ears, and if you missed seeing them perform live there is not enough pity in the world for you. These guys were truly a treat, insanely talented and a genuinely great group of guys. At once point the majority of the crowd was up and dancing in front of the stage and for their encore they came down off the stage to play their last song.

The Riviera Theatre has a great weekend of events for our upcoming 1-Year Anniversary!

On Friday, August 21, Celtic rock group The Elders will be taking the stage at 8pm. Since forming in 1998, The Elders have brought their musical mix of amped-up roots rock, powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch songwriting to festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States and Ireland. These six gentlemen create an original sound that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music, and they deliver it with passion and fire! The songs are mystical, comical, political and cultural, and tell stories of people, places and events - some distant, some recent, some real and some imagined. Don't miss this evening of "arse-kickin' music from the heartland!" Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Saturday, August 22, the Riviera presents Goldmine Pickers, a young, passionate, four-piece band weaving together roots and inspiration from bluegrass, jazz, folk, and Irish traditions to create an energetic new space in Americana music. The group has magnetized audiences in venues ranging from intimate spaces to expansive concert halls with their memorable acoustic performances that feature inspiring interplay between guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and a fiery fiddler, with soaring, heartfelt harmonies. Opening up the evening, The Bearded Ladies take Americana music to a whole new level of party with their danceable blend of bluegrass and jazz. The Ladies (four rustic gents with a penchant for pickin') take the energy and passion of a punk band and blend it with the elegance of a string quartet, serving up a foot-stomping good time while maintaining an invite to your grandma's dinner table. Tickets are $10, with the show beginning at 8pm.

Finishing up the weekend's events, the Riviera presents Il Viaggio a Reims Opera in Cinema on Sunday, August 23 at 3pm. Rossini's last opera in the Italian language (all of his later works were in French,) Il Viaggio was commissioned to celebrate the coronation of French King Charles X in Rheims in 1825, and has been critically acclaimed as one of his finest compositions. It is a demanding work, requiring 14 soloists (three sopranos, one contralto, two tenors, four baritones, and four basses.) The uniqueness and audacity of the opera is compounded by its plot, which concerns a group of people who plan excitedly for a "viaggio" (journey) to the city of Reims that at the end never happens. Directed by Luca Ronconi and featuring sets and costumes by Italian architect Gae Aulenti, the true spirit of the Opera is perfectly captured in this high-definition production from Teatro alla Scala. $16; encore presentation August 26 at 7pm.


Emerging Pictures

The Riviera Theatre is pleased to announce a new partnership with New York-based film distribution company Emerging Pictures. Representing the fusion of independent film methodology and the latest digital technology, Emerging Pictures exhibits, represents, and distributes a wide range of digital content including first run independent/international/documentary films, a growing list of digitally converted classic films, and specialized content such as operas, ballets, concerts, live theater, film festivals and more, all presented in crystal-clear high definition!

Emerging Pictures is the nation's largest network of all-digital theaters, with participating venues in 50 cities across the country. "Now you can experience cinema at the Riviera Theatre using the latest cutting-edge technology that normally would only be found in much larger cities," Riviera manager Danielle Moreland said. "Going digital will help ensure quality and consistency, as each showing will be as clear as the one before it, and will also allow greater access to new films and events which in many cases aren't playing anywhere else in the area."

June Movies (from Emerging Pictures):

Gigantic (Plays 6/5, 6/9, 6/11, 6/12) - A funny, surreal love story about the anxiety that comes when two people with crazy families collide unexpectedly and fall for each other. Starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner and more.

Gomorrah (Plays 6/12, 6/16, 6/18, 6/19) - Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They are forced to obey the rules of the "System," the Camorra. Based on a best-selling exposé of the Naples mafia, five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality.

Two Lovers (Plays 6/19, 6/23, 6/25, 6/26) - A romantic drama starring Joaquin Phoenix as Leonard, a charismatic but troubled young man recovering from a recent heartbreak. After meeting two women (Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw) in quick succession, Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love.

Hunger (Plays 6/26, 6/30, 7/2, 7/3) - Starring Michael Fassbender (300), Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, this intense film provides an exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit.

Coming soon:
Bruce Springsteen HD Concert benefit screening
Italian Summer Opera Series: Best of La Scala, featuring Aida, La Traviata, Don Carlo, & Viaggio a Reims


New projector

Great news! Our new projector has arrived, and should be up and running by the end of the month. This is a new digital DLP projector, and the picture quality is amazing! With the addition of some future equipment, it even has the capability to show 3D films. We are very excited to bring movies back to the Riviera, and look forward to seeing you all at a show very soon!

We've just added a press section to our web site, which, at the moment, highlights a number of articles written in the Three Rivers Commercial News when the Riviera was opening in 1925.

We'll also add current news stories to this section when they're available. We hope you enjoy reading a bit of the theatre's history!


Grand opening!

We're starting out our schedule of events with a packed weekend of live entertainment! First, on Friday, August 22, we'll be hosting The Verve Pipe. Then, on Saturday, the Three Rivers "Songs from the Stage" Benefit Voice Recital will perform in the afternoon, followed by a performance by Dueling Piano International in the evening. Finally, on Sunday afternoon, we'll feature comedian and magician Chris Linn.

And, of course, the Riviera Theatre Bar will be open its usual hours, 4 to 10pm, and during each of these events--giving you a chance to hang out with friends over a cold drink.

Hope to see you there!

The Riviera Theatre Bar is now officially open. Check out our Theatre Bar page for more details.