|September 2013 file photo|
The poor cornice of the Riviera Theater has been through so much in the past decade. But we hear help may be on the way....
- In August 2008, the terra cotta crown was swaddled in white tarpaulin, so the building essentially wore a diaper for five years.
- Then in August 2013, the material was removed -- and so were the terra cotta pieces of the parapet.
- In September, a plastic wrap printed to look like the original terra cotta was installed, a "temporary fix" that remains to this day.
We heard from a reader who's given us reliable information in the past. She told us she had a conversation with Jerry Mickelson of JAM Productions, the owner of the Riviera (and Uptown Theater) this week.
He indicated that he plans to to do some restoration work at the Riviera next year, including the installation of a new roof and the replacement of the terra cotta on the cornice. In fact, the original terra cotta pieces are sitting on the stage at the Uptown right now, as they have been ever since they were removed.
We're hoping that Mr. Mickelson's future actions match his good intentions. We'll be delighted to do a post in a year or so showing the Riviera facade in good shape for the first time in over a decade.