Enter The Riviera and experience a revitalized Art Deco theater reminiscent of the 1930s, where everything from small gatherings to large-scale events boasted luxury and extravagance. While we toned down the formality, we maintained the one-of-a-kind architecture and the feeling of being transported back in time in an opulent building with a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. The iconic venue sits in the heart of Charleston on the corner of King Street and Market Street, close to some of Charleston’s best shops, restaurants, and bars.
The Riviera was designed and constructed by architect Charles C. Benton in 1939 as Charleston’s first motion picture theater.
In 1997 The Riviera was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a significant example of the Egyptian Art Deco style.
Acquired by BHC in 2021, The Riviera reopened to the public for the first time in 45 years.
Enjoy a beverage from our downstairs bar, or make your way to the terrace bar, spotting original, one-of-a-kind murals adorning the walls. From the terrace, soak up the unique aerial view of historic King Street and its fantastic architecture. Relax in one of the only 600 seats while enjoying an intimate performance with an unobstructed view from every seat. We welcome performers of all genres and backgrounds, from musical acts to performance art to comedians and everyone in between. We have shows all year and offer something for everyone.
Around every corner is a mural to admire and a spectacular performance to enjoy on a night you’ll never want to forget. Join us for an intimate evening at The Riviera.