Rivoli Theatre

1806 Washington Street,
Two Rivers, WI 54241

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RIVOLI Theatre; Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

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The Rivoli Theatre was opened in December 1922 with seating listed at 1,000. It was located on Washington Street between 18th Street and 19th Street.

The Rivoli Theatre closed in the late-1950’s and has since been converted to retail use. The building has been given a new modern look from the ground to the second story. The stage house can still be seen from the rear.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Here is a 1943 photo of the Rivoli Theatre. It had a handsome facade of brick and terra cotta. It’s hard to tell from the limited view the photo provides, but the style looks to have been predominantly Italian Rennaisance. I haven’t found any interior photos.

The Rivoli opened in 1922, according to the final paragraph of this web page. An announcement that the theater was being planned appeared in the January 28, 1922, issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater. 65x120. Washington St., Two Rivers, Wis. Archt. Rudolph M. Hansen Co., 113 Walnut St., Green Bay. Owner Rivioli Theater Co., care Ed Miquette, Two Rivers. Gen. contr. let to L. M. Hansen Co., 113 Walnut St., Green Bay. Drawing plans.”
A history of the Two Rivers Opera House (7MB PDF here) has a photo of the Rivoli under construction (about halfway through the document.) It says that that the Rivoli opened in December, 1922, with a vaudeville show and the feature film Rich Men’s Wives. The Rivoli was equipped with a Barton organ.

The Rivoli closed for about two years in the late 1950s, but was reopened in 1959 according to an item in the May 2 issue of The Milwaukee Sentinal that year. I’ve been unable to discover how long the theater remained open after that, but I doubt it was very long. When the subsequent occupant, Evans Department Store, closed down a couple of years ago, it had been in operation for 47 years. The building is currently vacant and on the market. The current interior can be seen in this small PDF from the city’s economic development department. The interior has been altered as drastically as the facade, and is unlikely to be suitable for theatrical use. It looks like the auditorium was gutted and converted into two floors of retail space.

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