Rivoli Theatre

525 Long Beach Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Opened in 1937, the Rivoli Theatre was one of the many neighborhood theatres that was located in Long Beach.

Contributed by William Gabel

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fmbeall on October 3, 2006 at 6:54 pm

I have no address for the Mission. I find it listed in the 1929 Film Daily Year Book with 875 seats. I believe the Rivoli was a completely new construction in 1936 (see Joe Vogel comment above). It was quite modern and plain, with a balcony.

Neurosturgeon on July 23, 2007 at 4:51 pm

The Rivoli can be spotted in the movie, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” as it is was visible in shots from in front of the Police Station (the local YMCA), just south of Cormier Chevrolet.

I think the last time I went there was in the 70’s for the unbelivable double bill of “Gone With The Wind” and “How The West Was Won.” Went in at about 1pm and got out about 9pm.

DennisM432 on March 11, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I’m doing a Documentary film about the old movie theaters in Long Beach as part of my cable TV series “I Remember Long Beach”.
I would like to talk to anybody who has stories or pictures of any of the old theaters. I was A manager at the old Plaza Theater (Spring and Palo Verde) in the 70’s. If you have any stories to tell or pictures please let me know.

kencmcintyre on May 12, 2009 at 12:43 am

Here is a December 1959 ad from the Long Beach Independent:

William on May 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

To answer Dennis Pierce’s question, Yes Pacific Theatres operated the Rivoli Theatre along with the Towne and State Theatres in Long Beach around 1969.

nevin on February 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

i saw coma with richard widmark at the rivoli in 1978 and also went there in 1945 with family when i was 5 years old we walked from santa fe and pacific coast hwy over the l.a. river, there was no long beach freeway there then

drb on October 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Is this the Long Beach Rivoli? It’s a screencap from the opening credits of the 1977 comedy “Loose Shoes.”


RonMahan on December 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Yes, the photo is of the Long Beach Rivoli.

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