Rivoli Picture House

Station Avenue,
Sandown, PO36 8HB

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Rivoli Picture House

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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. Currently (September 2012) disused awaiting a buyer.

Contributed by Len Gazzard

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cinemafan78
cinemafan78 on October 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-rivoli-cinema-sandown-isle-of-wight

FanaticalAboutOdeon
FanaticalAboutOdeon on October 20, 2013 at 4:04 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.

KerryForest
KerryForest on December 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Note that the location of the Rivoli is incorrect on the map provided. It is actually below Fitzroy Street, right next to the Baptist Church at the corner of Station Avenue and St John’s Road. You can actually see part of the church on the right of the photo.

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