Riviera Theatre

1135 Meridian Street,
Anderson, IN 46016

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Riviera Theatre

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The Riviera Theatre was opened in 1919. By 1941 it was operated by Alliance Theater Corp., who still operated the theatre in 1954. It was demolished in November 1980.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Is this theatre building still standing? Are there any photos of it, and/or does someone have a street address showing where it was located? Thanks!

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by Mr. David Junchen, pg. 629, the “Riviera Th.” in Anderson, Indiana originally had a Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No further details, such as size of the organ (# of manuals / # of ranks), install date, blower info, or nameplate (Seeburg-Smith, Smith, Smith-Geneva) are given in the book (not known at the time of publication).

Does anybody know what happened to this organ and where it (or its parts) is/are today? Thanks!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

The Riviera burnt down. The organ probably went with it.

vicsable
vicsable on September 24, 2017 at 8:14 pm

Roger,

To the best of my knowledge The Riviera suffered a roof collapse and ultimately was demolished as the photo states. I recall my father taking me there sometime before the collapse to watch the 10th anniversary of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” (Late 1977, I was four at the time). Here is my proof via this link:

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1978/08/28/page/5/article/theater-roof-collapses-under-heavy-rain

As far as the organ, I am not certain of its fate.

I hope this helps.

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