As the years went on, the Riviera grew in popularity with live concerts, theatre, dance, comedy, and movies. Keeping up with the times, the Riviera has made millions of dollars in updates to the stage and other areas around the theatre. This includes an updated counterweighted stage rigging system with 41 lines that replaced the original 13 un-safe hemp and sandbag rigging lines. This upgrade allows the theatre to bring in larger productions and increases the capability of flying more lighting, scenery, and curtains.
In 2014, the theatre’s 1949 Marquee was completely restored. The work, done by Wagner Sign Co., Flexlume Neon, and Frey Electric brought the Webster Street centerpiece back to its former glory, more brilliant than ever with original paint colors, brand new neon, lighting, and LED video screes that replaced the original milk glass letter boards.
In 2015, the Riviera upgraded it’s movie presentation infrastructure from film to digital, as this is now the mandatory way of showing movies. Thanks to generous grants, the Riviera is still able to show films, both classic and new for years to come. The new Dolby Digital projection system is state-of-the-art, with crisp, bright images – movies now play from a hard drive, rather than physical 35MM film.