This is your chance to lease one of the Russian River’s most attractive landmarks, the historic Rio Theater, established in 1949, which has been a favorite local movie house for over 65 years.  Love movies and community gatherings?  This is the place to celebrate days gone by, as well as create experiences that will be remembered long into the future.

The Rio Theater & Cafe and it's huge outdoor lawn on the Russian River.

For the right passionate person or team, this is a one of a kind turn-key business opportunity to continue to build on the Rio’s historic legacy. For serious inquiries, please email

The details

Rent a fully functional movie theater and event space.  The Rio Theater’s ready-to-go assets include:

  • First Run Digital Theater Projector ready to show the latest movies
  • 6000 square feet of public and private space
  • Theater capacity for 170 seated or 260 standing.
  • Fully functional snack bar and box office
  • Internet and DISH connectivity
  • Live performance stage
  • Surround sound audio system
  • 2 restrooms
  • 1 Office
  • 3 Storage Rooms
  • Upstairs area including: mechanical room, 3 storage rooms, viewing room, drafting room, and mezzanine.
  • Recently restored exterior neon signage

Local Resources

  • 1.5 acre property in the middle of Monte Rio, CA.  
  • Rio Property includes a popular café, and 5 other businesses in adjacent Quonset huts and on the property alongside the main building --  including art vendors, a surf and skate shop, and jewelry maker.
  • Large scale community and private events hosted seasonally outside on the lawn.
  • Co-blended lawn, café, and theater events.
  • River view and municipal park proximity

Rental Fee

  • To be negotiated based on tenant interest.
  • 3 month security deposit

rent the rio for Private Events

Rent the theater for short term rentals and private events. 

The Rio can be rented out for private events of all kinds, including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or special events with friends or colleagues. The available spaces for rent include the theater itself, the Rio Café outdoor deck and indoor area, and the vast green Rio lawn. 

  • Theater: We have the ability to screen films on Blu-Ray or DVD, sporting events or TV shows (via DISH network), internet videos, and even good old-fashioned slides. Perfect for kid’s birthdays, multi-media presentations, new product launches, and anniversaries. The theater seats 220 people.
  • Cafe: Our indoor and outdoor café space has extensive BBQ capacities and is a perfect place for a cocktail party or an afternoon of drinks in the sun. Our team can provide catering through the café, or you can rent the space alone and bring in an outside catering service. 
  • Lawn: Full lawn (1.5 acres) available for weddings and other daytime receptions, includes basic tables and chairs for up to 40 people. Events for over 400 people have been held  on the lawn. The Rio Property is set up to receive outside rental equipment to suit our clients’ needs.

Please contact us with your desired dates and information, and we'll get back to you with pricing, availability, and additional details as soon as possible. You can also call us directly at 707-520-4075 or email us at