Riviera Theatre

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This article is about the theatre in Chicago. For the theatre in North Tonawanda, see Riviera Theatre (North Tonawanda).
Riviera Theatre
The Riv
Riviera Theater Chicago.jpg
Address 4746 N. Racine Ave.
Location Chicago, Illinois
Owner Jam Productions
Type concert venue
Capacity 2,500
Built 1917

Riviera Theatre is a concert venue located on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. The Riviera Theatre is capable of seating approximately 2,500 audience members.

Built in 1917, it was designed by Rapp and Rapp for the Balaban & Katz theatre chain run by A. J. Balaban, his brother Barney Balaban and their partner and brother-in-law, Sam Katz.[1] It is an example of French Renaissance Revival architecture.[2] It later became a private nightclub in 1986. The theatre is located in the Uptown section of the city, at the intersection of Lawrence, Broadway and Racine. The area has several notable theaters, including the Aragon Ballroom, which is only 0.2 miles away. It has been owned by Jam Productions since 2006.[3]

Today, it serves as a venue for many popular acts, both local and national.[4]



  1. ^ The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban And Katz by David Balaban & Joseph Ducibella (Arcadia Publishing, 2006)
  2. ^ Valentine, Maggie (1994). The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre. New Haven (Conn.): Yale University Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-300-06647-0. 
  3. ^ Jam Productions affiliate buys Riviera Theater
  4. ^ About the Riviera http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Riviera/VenueDetails.aspx

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