Address: 2001 Farnam Street
Year Built: 1926
Architect: John Eberson
Style: Moorish/Classical Revival
Designated Omaha Landmark: 10/21/1980
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 8/13/1974
The Riviera Theater was designed in 1926 by prominent Chicago architect John Eberson, who planned motion picture palaces in most of the nation’s major cities. Originally, the Riviera showed stage shows and movies. Known as an "atmospheric" theater, a type pioneered by Eberson, the auditorium’s ceiling featured an artificial night sky effect. Moorish and classical style details are used throughout the building. Renamed the Paramount during the depression the lower lobby was used for miniature golf to attract customers. Later the building was the Astro movie theater. After sitting vacant for many years, the structure was purchased by Nebraska Furniture Mart founder Rose Blumkin and is now the Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Theater.