Capri Theatre

6258 Van Nuys Boulevard,
Van Nuys, CA 91401

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, National General Theatres

Architects: Clifford A. Balch

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Rivoli Theatre

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Capri Theatre demo.

Built and operated by Greenberg & Seibert, the Rivoli Theatre was opened August 18, 1921 with Roscoo ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle in “Crazy to Marry”. By 1941 it had become a District 2 Fox theatre.

On June 29, 1960 it was re-named Capri Theatre and was closed in the early-1970’s.

It was razed for a parking lot for the federal building.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

BillCounter on July 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

Joe — Many thanks for the information on Sherman Way — and the link about Valley street names. Your research is much appreciated.

holland53 on November 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

On the night before Easter ‘71 I went to the Capri to see MASH with Butch Cassidy as double bill with a good friend. It was smaller than the main Van Nuys theater, but a nice memory. Thanks to Joe for the info on street names in the Valley!

garyrabbitt on November 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Yes Chuck, I think it would be best to list the theatre as you say, or both ways. The last time I went to the Capri, dad too us kids to see the original version House of Wax (1953) in 3D. I think that was about 1966 or so. I posted a couple of other photos and Google map on the Photos tab.

PostOfficeBox on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

my mom worked @ the Rivoli when she was 14 in ‘57. she got a kick out of the photos.

garyrabbitt on January 7, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Hi POB, Glad you and your mom liked all the photos of this theatre. I wish I would have taken more of them. Take care :)

VicGroves on July 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hate to see monuments from ones past bite the dust. I worked at the Rivoli in late 1953 qnd 1954. Tore tickets, sold goodies, and set the marque. What a time. Also, ancient history. :)

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

This photograph of the Rivoli Theatre was taken by George Mann in 1926.

sconnell1 on January 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm

On January 28, 1972, I saw my first film in California at the Capri. I had just arrived from the Washington, D.C. area. That night “Play Misty for Me” and “Diary of a Mad Housewife” were playing there. Although I settled in nearby North Hollywood, this was the only time I went to the Capri.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Plans for what would become the Rivoli Theatre were announced in the March 18, 1921, issue of Southwest Builder & Contractor. Greenberg & Siebert were the developers of the project, which was designed by the Architectural & Engineering Co., which had its offices in the Story Building in Los Angeles. I’ve been unable to discover anything about this generically-named firm.

DavidZornig on August 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

1952 photo added courtesy of David Kroger.

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