Riverbank's Del Rio Theater doomed

Riverbank's Del Rio Theater has a date with the wrecking ball.

The city's Redevelopment Agency, whose members are the City Council, voted unanimously Tuesday to demolish the building, which has stood at Third and Atchison streets since the 1940s.

Councilman Dave White did not vote because he owns property near the theater.

The Redevelopment Agency bought the building for $1.7 million in 2007. The city had hoped to renovate it and transform it into a downtown arts venue. A recent structural study revealed serious problems with the building. Engineers say it is unsafe to occupy. The repairs would cost about $1 million.

City officials recommended tearing down the building and replacing it with a new structure. The city will go out to bid on the demolition contract, projected to cost about $100,000. Demolition could happen this summer.

Afterward, the city could sell the land or build a new structure, said Economic Development Director Tim Ogden. An aluminum-frame building probably would cost about $450,000, he said.

Bee staff writer Leslie Albrecht can be reached at or 578-2378.