Rivoli Theatre

1374 Myrtle Avenue,
Bushwick,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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Rivoli Theater, Brooklyn, NY

The Myrtle Theatre was opened on November 16, 1910, with seating provided for 1,000. It presented continuous vaudeville and pictures.

In October 1933 it was re-named Rivoli Theatre and was closed in 1963.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ken Roe

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Bway
Bway on June 17, 2010 at 3:29 am

A photo of the interior would be greatly appreciated!

bobbymoral
bobbymoral on June 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Bway, this is the link I created for former church members on Facebook..here you will be able to see some pictures of the interior. View link

sg77
sg77 on April 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

we lived on wilson ave between himrod and harman sts. we went to the rivoli very often. all you had to do was to cash in for the deposit money were milk bottles. 3 bottles got you in, a big nine cents if you had more bottles you might be lucky to get some candy.. those were the days . things sure have changed. but so have we since then lol….

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on August 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

A few weeks ago I visited the area and found the church to be open, although no service was in progress. I decided to go in and was greeted by two attendants who invited me to view the old auditorium. It is in really good shape and clearly resembles its former use, with the altar area replacing the screen. In short, this represents a wonderful re-use of the old Rivoli.

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair on August 27, 2017 at 1:06 am

http://collections.mcny.org/Collection/Myrtle%20Theatre-2F3XC5NSG2RA.html 75.207.31 Anthony F. Dumas Myrtle Theatre DATE:1931 Myrtle Ave & Harman St. Brooklyn N.Y. Myrtle Amusement Co. Managers. drawing (visual work) pen-and-ink drawing H: 11 in, W: 16 in

Bway
Bway on November 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Here is a stunning photo of the Rivoli when still operating as the theater, vertical sign, marquee and all.

http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/NYCMA~7~7~771945~854531?sort=borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code

HomecrestGuy
HomecrestGuy on January 30, 2019 at 6:33 am

Two pictures of the Rivoli, circa 1940, added to the Gallery.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 30, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Thanks for the photo, which featured what must have been one of Olivia de Havalland’s least memorable movies – “My Love Came Back”.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 11, 2019 at 7:29 am

George Burns mentioned playing here with a dog, in his film 1982 George Burns in Concert.

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