As you step out of the front door of the Washington House Inn and turn to your right, your attention is immediately captured by the unmistakable black-and-white Vitrolite Art Deco façade, complete with a marquee that extends onto the pavement on the west side of the street. This impressive structure belongs to the much-loved Rivoli Theatre of Cedarburg, WI. However, not many are aware that in 2005, this precious gem was on the brink of being lost forever.
Experience Treasured History
Originally constructed by Friedrich Boerner in the late 1880s, what was once a humble general store became a local icon, the place to go on a Friday night to experience the joy of cinema. Run by Marcus Theatres for decades, they eventually decided not to renew their lease as the building had fallen into disrepair. The community was in danger of losing a landmark, but a small local non-profit group, the Cedarburg Landmarks Preservation Society, stepped in and purchased it with the help of enthusiastic community fundraising. The restoration took place with generous donations from local businesses and craftsmen, and the theatre was soon restored to its former glory. Today, the theatre is run almost entirely by volunteers, and tickets are fairly inexpensive at just $4.00, or you can catch a flick on Tuesdays for only $2.50!
Plan a Unique Date Night or Creative Getaway
A visit to the historic Rivoli Theatre is an easy attraction to add to any getaway, a great way to slow down and enjoy some quality time with your partner at the movies. Make it a date night with a delicious dinner before an evening show, or after a matinee, and choose from a variety of dining destinations! We have restaurant recommendations on our dining page for whatever strikes your fancy. Take the opportunity to explore the rest of the surrounding area and see the beauty of Cedarburg for an unforgettable night on the town. You can keep up with the latest happenings on their website, including showtimes, coming attractions, and ways you can support the Rivoli Theatre.
Enjoy a Comfortable Place to Stay
Have a weekend of blissful escape at the Washington House Inn and see a film or two while staying in luxurious accommodations. Our cozy rooms come with king and queen beds fitted with the highest quality sheets, fireplaces, whirlpool baths/showers, and specialty therapeutic baths in some rooms. Wake up every morning to a delicious homemade breakfast featuring fresh pastries, seasonal fruit, and a hot entrée, like our Wisconsin Cheddar Egg Strata and other delectable offerings. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for special packages we offer that include tickets and other goodies when you go to book! Whether you’re just visiting for a day or two or staying for longer, you can add some movie magic to your getaway at the historic Rivoli Theatre, just like so many have done for nearly 100 years.Book Now