Arlington Theatre

9666 Magnolia Avenue,
Riverside, CA 92503

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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.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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ododson3 on September 9, 2006 at 3:52 pm

I grew up in Riverside and saw several movies at the Arlington, including my first viewing of “Gone With the Wind” in 1962. I also saw “Quo Vadis” there at about the same time. It was a pleasant theatre, small and on one level.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on April 28, 2009 at 9:29 am

I saw “The Gong Show Movie” here.

joshvs on March 27, 2012 at 5:44 am

We saw Fox and the Hound Here, Lord of the rings animated and The Octagon, really good times.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

Here is a brief item about the Arlington Theatre in Riverside, with a small photo of its recently remodeled front, from the September 7, 1957, issue of Boxoffice.

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