9666 Magnolia Avenue,
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The Arlington, a neighborhood theatre built in 1946, was a nice example of post-war modernism, with a brick exterior and clean straight lines. It was built about six miles away from the Fox Theatre in downtown Riverside and was always an independent. With the advent of multiplexes, it’s single screen finally made it obsolete and after several managements, it closed for good in 1987.
The Press-Enterprise says that in 1988 a developer gutted the building, removed the balcony and marquee and leveled the floor. Even then it found no success as a nightclub or antique mall.
In 1995 the city finally bought it for $530,000 and demolished it, with plans to build a library close to their 1909 Carnegie library. The city is still seeking funding for it. Another source says the address of the Arlington was five blocks away on the other side of the street. I will go with the local newspaper as my source. Their address: 9666 Magnolia Ave.
There are two other long-gone theatres listed in the Arlington neighborhood, the Airdome and the Chatterbox.
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