145 Main Street,
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The Rivoli Theatre was opened on April 3, 1926, and was part of the Calderone Theatres chain. It was on Main Street about a block or so east of the Calderone Theatre. I don’t remember any details about the auditorium, but had the impression that it was in the same style as the Valley Stream Theatre or Lynbrook Theatre. The marquee was standard white glass and stainless with R-I-V-O-L-I in green neon script on the sides facing up and down the block. The facade, from what I recall, was as severe as the Valley Stream Theatre and Lynbrook Theatre. I think in later years it was taken over by one of the local universities, and then subsequently demolished along with so much of Hempstead’s history.
The last movie I can remember seeing there was some sort of sci-fi fantasy in the late-1950’s – early-1960’s in which the machines such as flying machines were actually animated line drawings, but the people in them were real. No, I’m not dreaming, someone out there must have seen this bizarre film too. It’s name escapes me.
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