In 1926, the Yellen Family opened the Riviera Theatre (previously known as Twin Cities Rivera) with the help of architects Leon H. Lempart and Son and painter Ferdinand Kebely. The early years of the theatre consisted of showing silent films, comedians, newsreels, and organ performances. Throughout the 1960s-1970s, the building was in desperate need of repair and ended up closing. However, in 1989 a group called the ‘Niagara Frontier Theatre Organ Society’ purchased the theatre and brought life back into it. Due to the hard work of these volunteers, concerts, plays, comedians, and films are able to be shown at the Riviera and enjoyed by Buffalonians of all ages.
The Riviera has a packed calendar of events coming up from February to October of this year as of right now. Some of the concerts that you could experience are tribute bands of Queen, AC/DC, Blue October, The Rolling Stones, Journey, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, The Spice Girls, and Elvis just to name a few. Do you prefer comedians over music? Don’t worry, you have options too! Some comedians that you could see are Terry Fator and Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Women Show. Or you could dance the night away with a performance by Burlesque w/Dannie Diesel (Danielle Colby from American Pickers) & Friends. There are also kid friendly options too. Bring the whole family to see Fairytales On Ice! Featuring Beauty & The Beast, Spring Stoogefest 2023, and Mighty Wurlitzer Silent Film & Concert with Curtis Cook (the Buffalo Sabres Organist).
Make 2023 the year to try out a new venue for entertainment or try out entertainment that you haven’t tried before! Check out The Riviera’s website to learn about all their upcoming shows, some of them are even free!
Written by Sara Dembski