Rivoli Cinema

Corporation Street,
St. Helens, WA10

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Previously operated by: Eagle Picturedromes Ltd., J.F. Emery Circuit, Star Cinemas

Architects: William Ellis

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Rivoli Cinema

A handsome cinema in Corporation Street, the Rivoli Cinema opened on 7th October 1929, operated by Eagle Picturedromes ((Wigan) Ltd. Seating was provided for 1,350-seats, with 1,000seats in the stalls and 350-seats in the circle. Within weeks of opening, it was equipped with a Christie 2Manual/7Rank theatre organ built by Hill, Norman & Beard and the console was on a lift. It was taken over by the J.F. Emery Circuit in 1932 and they operated in until 1933. By 1934 operated by County Playhouses (Wigan) Ltd. a subsidiary of Wigan based Eagle Picturedromes Ltd.

The organ survived in the building until CinemaScope was introduced in the mid-1950’s. The Rivoli Cinema was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain in September 1965. They converted it into a Star Bingo Club. It was eventually closed and demolished.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian on March 9, 2008 at 10:49 am

Photograph of the Rivoli here:–

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atmos on May 1, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Information on the internet states the architect was William Ellis and it opened on 7 Oct 1929.

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