Rivoli Theatre

4380 N. Elston Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641

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Rivoli Theatre

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Opened in 1923, the Rivoli Theatre served the neighborhoods of Old Irving Park and Mayfair for decades. The theater stood on Elston Avenue at Keystone Avenue, not far from Montrose Avenue. The building later functioned as both a ballroom and banquet hall.

Since the early 1980s, the former Rivoli has housed the Muslim Community Center, which includes classrooms, a bookstore and worship space in the auditorium.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan on May 20, 2007 at 3:20 pm

I visited here today. The auditorium is well-intact aside from the leveled floor and pushed-in back wall. The MCC seemed to indicate that they moved in during the early 1980s; it seems to have functioned as a ballroom and banquet hall for some time after the 50s. The auditorium also features acoustical ceiling tile from the 30s arranged in an interesting deco pattern. The MCC is very friendly and welcoming. I have some pictures I hope to post soon.

Broan on October 7, 2007 at 11:30 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Here is part of a July 1956 article in the Chicago Tribune. I assume the theater was already closed, it they were trying to turn it into a warehouse.

Neighbors Complain of Noise

A zoning variation to allow a plastic toy warehouse to operate in a former theater building at 4380 Elston Avenue was approved last week by the city zoning board of appeals.

DavidZornig on September 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I added another pic today. Unfortunately the original face at the top of the arch was jackhammered off within the last week. As I mentioned under the photo, less work would have likely been needed just to remove the entire stone. And sell it to help fund their exterior renovation. Which I was told last week by folks outside was going to be “restored”.

Broan on March 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

The American Contractor lists Arthur Howell Knox as architect.

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