Rivoli Cinema

95 Sharia 26 July,
Cairo

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One of the many cinemas in downtown Cairo theatre district, it is located on a corner site. Opened in February 1948 by the Rank Organisation, it was designed by a British architect Leonard Allen, it had a British manager and a British made Compton 4Manual/10Rank theatre organ was installed (the last organ to be manufactured by the Compton company). It was opened by organist Gerald Shaw, and was the only known theatre pipe organ to be installed in the Middle East. The Rivoli Cinema showcased British films.

In January 1952, the Rivoli Cinema was badly damaged by anti-British riots and the Rank Organisation withdrew their control of the building.

The Rivoli Cinema was later sub-divided into a twin screen and in 2008 is listed as a 5-screen cinema. Today many of the films are shown in their English language version.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 16, 2005 at 7:32 am

A photograph of the Rivoli Cinema and some text here:
http://www.hsje.org/cinema/cinema_rivoli.htm

eceleticandveryinspired
eceleticandveryinspired on January 14, 2013 at 1:20 am

Photos of projection room, manager’s office and exterior here : http://www.cinematheque.fr/fr/dans-salles/hommages-retrospectives/stephan-zaubitzer-cinemas-egypte.html

Unfortunatly no picture of the original auditorium which I would love to see.

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