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

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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!

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!

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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!

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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

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.