3155 E. 10th Street,
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Previously operated by: Universal Chain Theatrical Enterprises Inc.
Architects: Henry Ziegler Dietz
Styles: Mission Revival
Built in 1927 under the auspices of Carl Laemmle Jr. of Universal Pictures Corporation and its movie theatre division, Universal Chain Theatrical Enterprises Inc., and designed in Spanish Mission Revival style by architect and firm Henry Ziegler Dietz, the Rivoli Theatre was a modest 1,500-seat cinema venue on Indianapolis' east side. It opened September 15, 1927 with Glenn Tryon in “Painting the Town”. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual organ.
Universal sold out their interest in the theatre in 1937, and the theatre changed hands several times. It was closed January 1, 1975 with Walt Disney’s “Fantasia”. It reopened under new management and briefly screened regular movies before turning to adult movies, until eventually the theatre closed again.
The Rivoli Theatre still boasts the largest theatre stage in all Indianapolis. It was also host to live music concerts in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and closed down in 1992, having been dormant for ten years.
The theatre has been reputed to be haunted for many years.
The present owner has plans to restore and reopen the theatre and is working with local preservationists to preserve and protect it.
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