Rivoli Theater

904 Chester Street,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Plitt Theatres, Stewart and Everett , Wilby-Kincey

Architects: Howard J. Riddle

Functions: Youth Center

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Rivoli Theater

The Rivoli Theater opened in 1958 and was operated by Wilby-Kincey. It was designed by Howard J. Riddle and constructed by J.A. Baldwin. The outside fa├žade features two sculptures by Gerard Tempest that hold up two columns. It was taken over by ABC Southeastern Theatres in 1975. Later tasken over by Plitt Southern Theatre. It was last operated by Stewart & Everett from August 3, 1979 and was twinned on March 21, 1980. It was closed in 1985.

There have been several attempts by the city of Myrtle Beach to convert the space into a performing arts center since the city purchased it in 1999 - as of yet nothing has come of that. In the meantime it has become a Christian youth facility. The auditorium has been de-twinned.

Contributed by Jim McDonnell

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

raubre on April 24, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Does anyone have a picture (past or present)? I wish to see the theater if I go to MB for a vacation.

ncmark on December 24, 2006 at 5:21 am

This was a great place to see a movie. In the 60’s & 70’s I visited the Rivoli during my families annual vacations and remember how big the place seemed. The theater is near the recently closed Pavilion – a local arcade/ dance hall that sits right on the ocean in the heart of Myrtle Beach.

Scottoro on April 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm

I was in Myrtle Beach just once, in 1975. One rainy day my family went to a theatre to see The Apple Dumpling Gang, which had, as I recall, dolphins in the waves or some marine scene on the inside auditorium walls. Would this have been the Rivoli or another theatre?

WolfDreamer on March 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Google streetview of the Rivioli as it appears now:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Was this an ABC THEATRE at one time? Because a friend and myself were in Myrtle Beach and since both of us worked for ABC SOUTHEASTERN Theatres we noticed I think 2 theatres. One we went to and saw “THE END” with Burt Reynolds about 1978. Oh, we got in free.

raysson on March 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

The Rivoil Theatre opened in 1958 with a seating capacity of 1,078.
It was owned the operated by Wilby-Kincey Corporation until 1975 when it was acquired by ABC Southeastern Theatres and later on by Plitt Southern Theatres. Stewart and Everett Theatres last operated the Rivoil until its closing in 1980.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm

From 1959 a movie calendar from the Rivoli Theater in Myrtle Beach.

Mmandarano on September 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

The Rivoli is currently being renovated by a Christian youth ministry called Ground Zero. They have been leasing the building from the city for $1 since June 2011, and as of April, 2013, have invested $1.3 million into the renovations.

rivest266 on April 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

Reopened under Stewart & Everett management on August 3rd, 1979 and reopened as a twin cinema on March 21st, 1980 and closed in 1985. Grand opening ads posted.

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