Rivoli Theatre

1755 Park Street,
Hartford, CT 06106

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The Rivoli Theatre was in a neighborhood of Hartford. In the mid-1960’s it became a kind of repertory art house for a while. Further details on the history of this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 2, 2004 at 10:03 am

The Rivoli first opened around 1926 and had 949 seats. It was demolished in 1975 to make way for the Parkville Community School.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 2, 2004 at 11:27 am

The Rivoli was part of a chain that included the Webster Theatre in Hartford (now a live music venue) and the Plaza Theatre in Windsor (abandoned since 1997 and sitting there empty).

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 2, 2004 at 11:59 am

I only went there a couple of times in 1965…once to see Ingmar Bergman’s then-new ALL THESE WOMEN on a double bill with TWO-WAY STRETCH. At the time the theatre seemed very dingy. I returned for a revival program of CYRANO DE BERGERAC with OPEN CITY. Strange combo! OPEN CITY was projected as though it were a wide screen film…heads cut off or part of the subtitles. For a wannabee rep house, they clearly didn’t grasp the concept of aspect ratio.

Cinecita
Cinecita on August 3, 2007 at 2:10 pm

I enjoyed this theater and first saw “King of Hearts”, 3 nights running, when it premiered in Hartford in the late 60’s. “KoH” is one of my all time favorites.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 14, 2010 at 4:37 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, August 14, 1961:

OLDTIME PRICES REVIVED
The Rivoli in Hartford. Conn., turned back the hands of time to the days of the 15-cent admission. The gimmick was used for four consecutive matinees of “The Golden Age of Comedy” and “Gorgo.” The 800-seat house charged 15 cents for children and 25 cents for adults and sold popcorn for only five cents."

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

Conversion of this theatre from sub-run to an art house policy, as reported in Boxoffice magazine, October 14, 1963:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

By the 1970’s it was playing X-rated movies like “THE MINX” playing March 24,1970.

Velcro7
Velcro7 on September 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Spent many Saturday afternoons in the 40’s and early 50’s watching cartoons & cowboy movies in a/c comfort.Remember well sneaking a kiss with my first girlfriend Marilyn while watching some of the great movies of those times. Indeed an era to be cherished.

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