224 S. Mulberry Street,
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The Rivoli Theatre was located on the corner of Mulberry and Charles Streets in downtown Muncie. It was opened in 1927. The theater opened with vaudeville and motion pictures.
The theater’s owners also operated the Rivoli resturant next door. It was a very popular eating establishment for downtown business operators and for the local student population from up the street.
The balcony was closed off in later years. The Y & W theater circuit in Indianapolis sold it to an independent operator in the early-1980’s and closed not long after.
In the mid-to-late 1980’s, Ball Brother foundation purchased the Rivoli Theatre and razed the building to make way for their new headquarters.
I remember going by the theater during it’s demolition and the stage house was the only part of the theatre left to be torn down.
What a sad day for the community…
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