Rivoli Theater

516 Court Street,
Beatrice, NE 68310

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm

An article about the new Fox Theatre in the January 18, 1949, issue of the Beatrice Daily Sun said that the Rivoli Theatre had been closed Sunday (January 16.) The July 18 issue of the paper said that the Rivoli building was then being remodeled as the new location of Hested’s store. It later became the home of Knowles Music.

An April 30, 2003, Daily Sun article about the recent restoration of the Rivoli building’s facade (link) said that the Rivoli Theatre had opened on September 27, 1926. The “opening” in the October 5, 1926 ad OCRon posted in the photo section must refer to the opening of the Red Grange movie, not the opening of the theater itself. The actual opening feature at the Rivoli was the Constance Talmadge movie The Duchess of Buffalo.

Chris1982 on October 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

The building now houses the “Quilt Stitches” store at 516 Court Street.

OCRon on September 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The news article and ad (see photo section) from the Beatrice Sun places the Rivoli at 516 Court Street. The Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1948 show an unnamed theater at 516 Court Street, next to the Paddock Hotel. No theater could be found on the maps at 521 Court Street.

According to news stories and ads, it opened on Ocober 4, 1926.