224 S. Mulberry Street,
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The Rivoli Theatre was located on the corner of Mulberry Street and E. Adams Street in downtown Muncie. It was opened April 16, 1927. The theatre opened with vaudeville and motion pictures.
The theatre’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 twinned the theatre on August 16, 1976. They sold it to an independent operator in the early-1980’s and it closed in January 1987.
In the 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 theatre 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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