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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2006 at 7:21 am

NY Times Aug 7, 1942

“3 BEACH THEATRES BOUGHT IN QUEENS; Perial Corporation Acquires Film Houses Assessed at Total of $100,000

Three theatres in Rockaway Beach, Queens, have been sold to the Perial Amusement Corporation by Da-Gel Enterprises, Inc.
They are the Edgemere theatre at Beach Thirty-third St with an assessed valuation of $42,000, land and improvements, sold subject to a mortgage of $25,880; the New theatre in Rockaway Beach Boulevard with an assessed valuation of $28,000 land and improvements, sold subject to three mortgages aggregating $42,000, and the Rivoli theatre in Rockaway Beach Boulevard with an assessed valuation of $30,000 land and improvements, sold subject to a mortgage of $17,246. A purchase money mortgage of $17,000 affecting all three parcels was also executed. Titles were insured by the City Title Insurance Company".

I don’t see the Edgemere theater listed on CT. Would someone like to add it if it isn’t already here?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 15, 2007 at 9:36 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 8:19 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”:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 16, 2007 at 10:11 am

Either the article is mistaken about the theater building being converted to a Post Office, or the Department of Buildings needs to update their records for this property. A certificate of occupancy dated 10/23/64 shows a new building at this address. Purpose of building is a United States Post Office. I checked a real estate listing for this property and they also give a build date of 1964.

9014 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Block & Lot #: 16124 – 0001
Building Class: Post Office (Z3)
School District: 27 map/schools
City Council District: 32
Police Precinct: 100 (Crime Statistics)
Political Contributions: search
Zoning R6
Building Size (F x D): 50.00ft x 82.00ft
Lot Size (F x D): 50.00ft x 150.00ft
Building Height: -
Total Gross Area of Building:
Year Built: 1964
Historic District?: No
Corner Lot?: Yes
Has Garage?:
Number of Floors: 1

Units: 0

FAR as built: 0.47
Allowable FAR: 2.43

Recent photos might help to determine if the Post Office building is the same building as the former theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 10, 2008 at 1:48 pm

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

robboehm on February 8, 2014 at 11:28 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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