Riviera Theatre

5002 W. Adams Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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The Riviera Theatre was opened in 1925, at the southwest corner of W. Adams Boulevard and Longwood Avenue, just east of La Brea Avenue in the then-fashionable West Adams district of Los Angeles. The owner was a Mr. Miguel Montijo. It was independently operated and was open in the early-1940’s but had gone from listings by 1950.

Further information about the Riviera Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2004 at 7:45 pm

I have searched on Terraserver for the address 5002 W.Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, and the fairly recent USGS aerial photograph of the area displayed shows a building at that address which certainly looks as though it once housed a theater. I have not been able to find what the current use of the building might be.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 10, 2007 at 7:25 pm

The theater building is still there. It’s painted red. No way to tell what kind of business, though. I took some pictures.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 11, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Featured on 6/26/35 – “Society Doctor” and “The Barretts of Wimpole Street”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2007 at 8:34 pm

Looks from the pictures like this is another building converted to a single use and thus probably using a single address. If that address is 5000 W. Adams (I can’t find a current listing for 5002 W. Adams), then the current occupant is a home & garden-related shop going by the strange but euphonious name Chestnuts Papayas.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2007 at 8:43 pm

No, it turns out that it’s called Chestnuts & Papaya and its business is furniture and accessory rentals for film productions.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Function should be retail.

montijo
montijo on September 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

My Grandfather built this theater in 1925. We lived in a three story house on longwood with a vacant lot betwen us and the theater building. There was a candy store on the corner and on the other side of the movie theater was a small store. My Grandfather died in 1931, and my father lost the property about 1932 or 3.

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