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Riviera makes “Top 10″ list

January 2, 2009 by WLKM 

The re-opening of the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers is among “The Top 10 Local Entertainment Stories” cited by the Kalamazoo Gazette in 2008.

“Riviera Theatre re-opens in Three Rivers” earned the number six spot on the newspaper’s list of local entertainment stories.

In reporting the compilation in the “Ad Lib” column of its “Ticket” entertainment guide in the New Year’s Day issue, John Liberty wrote, “There were a number of remarkable accomplishments by those in the arts community as well as the devastating loss of several talented members of the same community in 2008.  The Kalamazoo Gazette entertainment staff takes a look back at the top local entertainment stories of the year as a way to applaud those achievements and honor those who are no longer with us.”

Regarding the Riviera, the newspaper said, “Bruce Monroe and his family poured more than $1 million into renovating the old Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers.  Monroe bought the venue in 2005 and made massive renovations to it before opening August 22nd.  The Riviera Theatre, which originally opened in 1925, is home to live music, comedy, films and more.”

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