Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Riviera is a sublime example of the romantic Art Deco style.
This stunning theatre was the home of first run pictures, on its fifty foot screen, until 1977. The theater was leased to a church group in 1979 and, by the mid-80's, threatened with demolition.
The Friends of the Riviera protected the theater and it was eventually sold to the Charleston Place Hotel (which is located next door).
The hotel restored the entire theater, but removed the seats in order to create a conference center and ballroom.