BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER - 2004
3800 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Looking beyond the exceedingly generous $2 cover charge, this old-fashioned urban showroom has rare virtues aplenty. The inviting art deco lobby, complete with copper water fountain, looks much as it would have when the Riverview was built in '51. Inside, the sound (DTS and Dolby) is state of the art, the room is spacious, and the screen is gigantic. Owner and manager Loren Williams chooses carefully among second-run Hollywood titles, throwing in both indies (e.g., the Paul Westerberg doc) and "indies" (e.g., Pieces of April) for good measure. Though Asian Media Access's "Cinema With Passion" series of Hong Kong action movies is on hiatus at the moment, the Riverview still screens Rocky Horror twice a month at midnight, and plays host to some of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival's niftiest fare in April. Oh, yeah--and there's real butter on the popcorn.