Rivoli Theatre

418 East Baltimore Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Today, the 400 block of East Baltimore Street is known only as “the Block”. The area has been unpopular with the local and state governments, but actually has quite a history for Baltimore movie theatres. One of Baltimore’s more popular movie houses was at 418 East Baltimore Street, the Rivoli Theatre.

The theatre operated from January 3, 1921 until 1954, when the theatre portion was torn down for a parking garage. The facade survived for years and was incorporated into “the Bloc”, but in the 1990’s, half of the 400 block of East Baltimore Street, including the facade of the Rivoli Theatre was torn down to make way for a government building.

Nothing left of a bygone favorite movie theatre.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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MarkA on December 5, 2005 at 12:09 pm

Interesting, Lost Memory. Wasn’t the Moller replaced by a Kimball (per Headley’s book, Exit?

intune on February 23, 2007 at 11:34 am

At the age of 15, William Sima became the musical director at the Wilson Theatre. He was quoted as saying “I always wanted to be a director … When I was a small boy, I’d forget to watch the show but would watch the orchestra dirctor instead.”(Shipmate, 1942) Sima became the second leader (assistant) of the United States Naval Academy Band in 1918 and its leader in 1933.

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