How does it work?
The Rio Theatre can accommodate a wide variety of events, including concerts, lectures, video presentations, movies and theatre. We also do weddings.
Our multi-purpose venue has 650 seats and a thrust stage 40 feet wide, with center section at 24 feet.
Pricing for the Rio Theatre is based on the particular event, dependant of technical needs and staffing needs . Rehearsals and classes are charged hourly. Non-profit educational Organizations and public schools receive special consideration.
The Foyer and Cabaret Space:
Tear drop shaped, with an approximate size of 24 feet wide and 60 feet deep..This is the main lobby space.
The Beautiful Main Theatre:
Historic, romantic and very functional..
Original refurbished movie theatre seats + wheel chair spaces
Capacity of 650
Thrust stage is 40 feet wide total, with center section at 24 feet
Stage floor is masonite
Large movie screen 20 feet high by 30 feet wide
Grand drape can close to cover movie screen
Projection system : Christie WU12K-M WUXGA 3DLP Projector
Backstage area behind movie screen, approximately 100 square feet
Open space in front of stage for dance, orchestra pit, special effects
The main room can be rented hourly for classes , rehearsals and photo shoots . ( 2 hour minimum )
The Crying Room
Used mainly as a green room ( hospitality), this room is on the second floor, with a full view of the main theatre. Couches, table and chairs. Used also as a dressing room, with another smaller private dressing room across the hall..Private rest room can be made available.
Since every event is different , each is negotiated individually. The Rio Theatre can accommodate Live concerts, film screenings and festivals, presentations , live theater and more .
We will need to review the technical and production details , so that we can best determine your needs . If you are interested in booking the Rio Theatre, please fill out our pre-booking form here
Keep in mind, the Rio Theatre's marquee will be made available to promote your event with a full price rental.. This is a boon for advertising your event, on one of the busiest intersections in Santa Cruz..