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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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 2, 2004 at 9:27 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 9:59 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 11:10 am

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 1:37 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 6:13 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 1:28 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 9:23 am

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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