New life for Rivoli

posted by Michael Zoldessy on May 25, 2007 at 4:45 am

PENDLETON, OR — The 1920-era Rivoli Theater is being bought by the Oregon East Symphony (OES) and will be rebuilt into a multi-purpose theater for the community. Given the size of Pendleton, the Rivoli was a rather grand theater. The organizers will be looking for an interior theater designer/architect to work with them to develop with the best, most workable design possible.

The old Rivoli Theater has been empty for years, with dust, wood rot and mold its primary occupants. But that soon could change if the Oregon East Symphony has its way.

The OES Board of Directors met Wednesday night and agreed to purchase the old theater building at 355 S. Main St. with contingencies. OES Treasurer Dr. Frank Erickson said contingencies include issues such as how to deal with mold, asbestos and a structural analysis to determine if bringing the old building to life is feasible.

For the full story, go to the East Oregonian.

Please contact Tom Hebert at the address below, who will forward all inquiries and materials to the organizing committee.

Tom Hebert
71904 Patawa Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

(541) 276-4963

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KenLayton on May 25, 2007 at 5:27 am

I see in the pictures there’s a huge Altec-Lansing “Voice of the Theater” loudspeaker on stage (that’s good!). I hope these folks consider showing movies once in a while.

It looks like they have some work ahead for them in getting the building working again. How’s the roof? Is it leaking? Has the place been broken into? Any vandalism? Who was the last company to show movies there? Was this a Moyer theater at one time?

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