Rivoli Theater

9014 Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

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I found the Rivoli Theater mentioned on a website. It was located in Rockaway Beach near Beach 90th Street. Located at this address today is a US Post Office. NYC gives a build date of 1964 for the Post Office so I assume that this theater was closed before that year and it has since been demolished.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 15, 2007 at 6:36 am

An exterior photo and brief history of the Rivoli Theatre comprise the latest installment of Ron Marzlock’s “I Have Often Walked” series in the current (June 15th, 2007) issue of the Queens Chronicle: www.queenschronicle.com

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 16, 2007 at 5:19 am

This is an englargement of the tiny photo displayed at the Queens Chronicle website. By the time of this undated view, the Rivoli was apparently closed, since the marquee says “Visit the New…2 Big Hits.” Note the row of Roman colums above the Rivoli’s entrance. I suspect that an airdome operated there in fair weather. The article says that the Rivoli first opened around 1915, and had 557 seats. The writer also quotes the 8/7/42 NYT story about the about the sale of the three Rockaway Beach theatres, and adds “By the end of the war, however, it became apparent that the new owners were no longer interested in the movie business and the Rivoli was closed. The property remained empty for many years and in 1964, was coverted into the Rockaway Beach post office. The place is unique in Queens County history as the only movie theater that ever became a U.S. Post Office”:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/rivoli616.jpg

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 10, 2008 at 10:48 am

Nostalgic coverage in the current issue of Queens Chronicle can be seen here: View link

robboehm
robboehm on February 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

Theatre was operated by the same lessees as the New in 1929. Referred to in an article about the Arverne owner (the Arverne which I’m still researching to set up).

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