Rivoli Theatre

4380 N. Elston Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641

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Khnemu on November 15, 2016 at 1:27 am

The Rivoli must have been converted to a ballroom between December 1949 when the last movie listing in the Chicago Tribune is given for the Rivoli and April of 1950 when an event is listed at the Rivoli Ballroom.

rso1000 on October 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

In the 1960’s, the building became The Rivoli Ballroom.

I could be wrong, but I believe it was also used for banquets before or at the same time it had Ballroom dancing. I do recall my Uncle once going there trying to secure a location for a bowling banquet.

I do know for the Ballroom Dancing events, The Original Marquee and vertical RIVOLI sign were once again lit up and used to promote the dances. The same bands that performed the over 30 dances at the Embassy and Milford Ballroom began performing here.

I don’t know how long this operation lasted but I remember the facility was closed again before it became Antoine’s Ballroom and Banquets. The Main auditorium was kept intact for Large parties, and the remainder of the stores in the theater building became smaller Banquet Halls.

Antoine’s eventually closed and I can only assume it was because of lack of available private Parking. I performed several Weddings and parties there, and I can assure you first hand…parking was a NIGHTMARE.

As mentioned above… since the early 1980s, the former Rivoli has housed the Muslim Community Center.

Broan on March 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

The American Contractor lists Arthur Howell Knox as architect.

DavidZornig on September 17, 2011 at 4:21 am

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”.

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2009 at 2:33 am

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.

Broan on October 8, 2007 at 7:30 am

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

Broan on May 20, 2007 at 11:20 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.