Rivoli Theatre

125 Dudley Street,
Roxbury, MA 02119

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1939 photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

The Rivoli Theatre was one of several neighborhood movie theatres many years ago in the area of the Dudley elevated railway station in Roxbury, to the south of downtown Boston. It was run at one time by M & P Theatres, a Paramount affiliate.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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LINESIDES on April 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

It sat at the rear of that UPS truck is. The street to the right was not there during its time!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Linesides- I have rotated the Streetview photo above around and around, but I don’t see a UPS truck. Wasn’t the Rivoli across the street somewhere along where the trees are and all the cars are parked with their back ends against the sidewalk?
I worked on Vernon St near Dudley terminal 1968-70 and it was very rough then. The movie theaters were all gone by that time. The area was OK until about 2PM or 3PM or so. Many people where I worked carried weapons. I did not have a gun, although I knew how to use one. I did have a “pig-sticker” knife which I bought in a gun shop in Alabama. I was glad when our office moved to the Forest Hills section of J.P. in Sept. 1970. I think Dudley Square is more stable today (I hope).

LINESIDES on April 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Go to the view above put your cursor on the street and click the right arrow.> I believe it is a safer neighborhood than when you were in their. If you need to go back I would recomend day light hours only. I am 67 years old. Lived off of Washington street half way between Dudly street station and Egleston station on Galena street. Moved out in 1957. I wonderfull memories from these days.

LINESIDES on April 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I then moved to the Heath street projects in Jamaca plain. 58 to 68. Last white person to leave!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Linesides- OK, it took me about 5 minutes of riding around, but I found the UPS truck, with 2 yellow backhoes working in the distance. That location is about where I thought the Rivoli entrance was. If you went to the movies at any of the Jamaica Plain movie theaters, please make comments. Most of them are listed here in Cinema Treasures, also.

LINESIDES on April 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Ron there was a theater located in the building indicated in the link I have supplied. I am leaning towards the Perkins Street site. The other location I know that there was a Bowling Alley in that building. I don’t remember the name. Don’t remember what I saw their. Dont rember Just what building. Maybe some other folks could chime in. Ron, Is this web site your baby? http://www1.whdh.com/weather/radar/

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Linesides- no, it’s not my baby; it’s run by guys in Calif. There used to be more members making comments from eastern-MA; now there’s only a few. There are 3 theaters listed here for JP- the Egleston, the Madison and the Strand. The latter two were on Centre St. I don’t see anything around Perkins St. Problem is that some of the neighborhood theaters are listed here under just plain “Boston” while others are listed under their neighborhood, such as JP, Roxbury, Dorchester, East Boston, etc. Makes it hard to find all of them, sometimes.

MarkB on July 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Ron – you left out the Jamaica Theatre, which was on Centre st. quite near Perkins street. It is represented here.

rrahim on November 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi there, I rember the Rivoli as being the “Plush” movie theatre in the early 1950’s. My siblings and I went there when we had the 25 cents admission price. They gave out prizes at the end of each show. They ripped your ticket in half, giving you one half back and the second half went into a bucket. At the end of the show, the master of ceremony would come on stage and pull a winning ticket out of the bucket and announce the winner and the prize. I once won a “Roy Roger’s watch” . I loved that theatre. That’s when you got more than you paid for when you attended the movies!

DavidZornig on March 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm

Two 1939 photos added courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

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