Riviera Theatre is a newly renovated artifact of the 1920s that illuminates silver screens with independent or hard-to-find movies. Cinephiles can choose from a variety of upcoming features, which include The Other Woman with Academy Award winning Natalie Portman, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which follows a man battling morbid obesity by only drinking fruit and vegetable juice. Platonic partners can sip on sodas and share a large bucket of popcorn that's lightly buttered so hands can slip out of awkwardly long handshakes. Amidst ornate molding and golden lighting salvaged from Riviera's vaudeville days, viewers enjoy films amplified in 5.1 digital surround sound within a 370-seat auditorium.
After appearing as Ted's band on eight seasons of Scrubs, The Blanks take center stage to regale audiences with harmonious a cappella songs and quirky sketch routines. A talented quartet that channels the eccentric goofiness of Monty Python and The Three Stooges' raffish disregard for pies, The Blanks entertain audiences with vocal renditions of TV theme songs, commercial jingles, and goofy skits. The family-friendly troupe takes on pop-culture icons and a host of miscellany with the unspoken goal of robbing the laughter hidden in audiences' purses. Audience members who arrive early can peruse the historic 1882 opera house, whose recent facelifts have left it with a permanent smile and plush amenities.
When John and Mary Magocs opened the Capri Drive-In in August 1964, they had no idea the theater they ran with their two young sons would one day be highlighted as one of the most charming in the country. The New York Times once named it among 10 Drive-Ins Worth a Detour, noting its family ownership and stellar concessions. Capri boasts that its original 150'x75' screen is one of the largest in the country; in 1986, it expanded its viewing space by adding a second 80'x40' screen. Short-range FM radio stations broadcast audio from the drive-in's current showings to the spacious lot, which holds more than 900 cars. Viewers can swing by the snack bar to pick up barbecue-pork sandwiches, nachos, ice cream, and even mosquito coils, which repel bugs more easily than hurling a personalized insult at each one that flies by.
Maple City Bowl's 24 bowling lanes have a bit more versatility than your average stretch of hardwood. The Pro-Anvil synthetic lanes can take impact after impact from bowling balls without complaint, and the Brunswick Frameworx scoring system keeps track of every strike and spare. Bumpers provide a more forgiving game for youngsters, oldsters, or middlesters who might enjoy the weekly cosmic-bowling events held on Friday and Saturday, as well as solstices that coincide with planetary alignments.