Rivoli Picture House

81 Station Avenue,
Sandown, PO36 8HB

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Rivoli Picture House

Located in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. Originally constructed as an Oddfellows Hall in the late-19th Century. Converted to a cinema, opening on 17th March 1921 with “His Majesty The King”. Seating was for 500 (400 in the stalls, 100 in the circle).

Full time Bingo replaced films in 1965, finally closing in 1993. Became a warehouse for theatrical costumes in 1994. In September 2012 it was sitting disused awaiting a buyer. It was demolished in September 2017.

Contributed by Len Gazzard

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cinemafan78 on October 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

There is a campaign to save this fantastic old building and to turn it back into a cinema once again.


FanaticalAboutOdeon on October 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Drat! Having spent a family holiday in Sandown during 1965, I hadn’t realized just how narrowly I missed the chance to see a film at the Rivoli. I do remember it looking very smart externally – no doubt following a spruce-up for the launch of bingo. That summer, the Queen’s, Sandown was enjoying long queues for “Mary Poppins” and the Regal, Shanklin also seemed to be pretty busy.

LenGazzard on September 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

Building DEMOLISHED September 2017

LenGazzard on October 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

Demolition photos uploaded.

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