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Riviera Theatre

4746 N. Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
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Ranked #299 of 367 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Theaters
Most recent review
- May 21, 2014
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Took my special needs son to see Foster the People. There was an area blocked off for "handicap" people and Ethan was able to sit on the stool overlooking the first level and the security did a decent job of not allowing anyone in there. When the show started, people came into that area but soon realized that Ethan needed... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My husband and I saw Nickel Creek at this venue. The theater was fine, but a little run down and in need of repairs. It was cool that there was food and bars near by. We were able to park a few blocks away for free. Also, the theater had a bar with all sorts of drinks available for purchase.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

My daughter spent all night line for a concert, only to get in and find what she described as a huge amount of girls already in the show and taking up the entire front area at the stage. This wouldn't be so bad it wasn't rubbed in her face by a girl who apparently bragged to her and the other... More

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Indianola, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I just saw Young the Giant at the Riviera, and enjoyed the venue as well as the show! All seats are general admission, and those who want to stand in the front can, but anyone who wants a seat can find one in the balcony. I thought the acoustics were pretty good, and I love looking around at the details... More

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Chicago, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Went to the Riviera last week to see a show. The Theater is very dated, dirty, and falling apart. The seats are filthy and broken. The lighting is broken on the seats with exposed wiring and tape. The only washrooms are in the lower level and not surprisingly are filthy. The sound quality was not very good either. But the... More

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Beloit, Wisconsin, Usa
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32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Riviera Theatre is a small concert venue which is just like that old pair of shoes that was so comfortable, so cool looking (once) that you just can't bear to part with them, even though you barely wear them, if at all. I saw The Hives perform there in the 2000's and it was quite obvious that the place... More

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Springfield IL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Riviera Theatre has to be one of the worst places I have been to in my life. I took my niece here for the Marilyn Manson concert on July 5. They changed the time of the "meet-and-greet" and the concert without telling anyone in advance, so we ended up waiting seemingly forever to get in. Once inside, the place... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

It is a cross between retro cool and a dump. It retains a lot of the old fixtures and features of a past era. It could surely use a little renovation and the only bathrooms are in the basement. Saw Fall Out Boy there and it was packed. Very loud and very hot but kind of a fun experience.

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Antioch, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I had a complete nightmare experience last night at this theater. First of all, it is very run down and drab...the chandelier in the lobby is filthy, as is most of the theater. The real nightmare began, though, when we tried to claim our coats. The coatcheck is downstairs, and the line barely moved for an hour! It was very... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

We went to see “Of Monsters and Men" at the Riviera Theatre. I've been to a lot of gigs in smaller venues and this is one of the best. Nice space for standing and seating, loads of beer, good facilities. Would be worth a visit just to look at the historic features of the actual building. Easy to get to... More

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