Riviera Theatre is home to historic Wurlitzer organ


If you look up, this is what you’ll see at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York, a suburb of beautiful Buffalo.

Constructed in 1926, the Riviera Theatre was originally an ornate movie house. The first films shown there were Upstage and The Mona Lisa. It was also a place for vaudeville performances.

Today, the Riviera Theatre is lovingly restored, looking great, and booked with all sorts of shows, from comedians (Vicki Lawrence) to jazz performances (The Four Freshmen) and more.

The Riviera Theatre features a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, that rises up from the floor for everyone to see, as it gets played masterfully before most every show. –Mark Weber


Secrets of Buffalo: Oechsner Castle

Beautiful Buffalo is home to unique and great architecture. In suburban Williamsville, there’s a castle located off Oakgrove Drive. Ignatz Oechsner, a German-born mason, started building the castle around 1917, on Dream Island, a one acre island in Ellicott Creek. There’s a main building, gatehouse, tower, dungeon and coach house. Oechsner Castle is currently a private residence.