Rivoli Theatre

4521 S. Western Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90062

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Lewis Arthur Smith

Styles: Greek Revival

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The 1,000-seat Rivoli Theatre was one of many neighborhood theatres in the southern part of Los Angeles. It was built in 1921 for Arthur Sanborn and Hollywood Theatres Inc. It was opened around November 1, 1921. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ.

The Rivoli Theatre was later operated by West Coast Theatres and later by Fox West Coast Theatres. It was closed around 1950. Since demolished, the site is now a parking lot.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2004 at 4:28 am

The architect of the Rivoli was L.A. Smith, according to the notice in Southwest Builder and Contractor, issue of 6/24/1921.

Harold on July 20, 2005 at 8:22 am

The Rivoli Theatre was operated under the direction of Mr. A.L. Sanborn. A photo from Aug. 21, 1921 shows Mr. Sanborn standing in front of a sign announcing the opening of the theatre. The sign promises “Superb Music – Superior Motion Pictures – A Symphony Of Lighting Effects” The theatre was built by Hollywood Theatres Inc.,and billed as “Western Avenues Wonder Theatre”. The Sanborn family still operates theatres in Southern California from it’s Newport Beach, Ca. office. The Rivoli was just one of many theatres the Sanborns have built and operated in California since 1919.

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2007 at 7:56 pm

Crime in April 1924:

Safe crackers smashed off the safe door of the Rivoli Theater, 4521 South Western, early yesterday and got $846, according to police. They entered through a skylight and are believed to be the same “skylight burglars” who have entered several places over the past few weeks.

seymourcox on June 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

In the 1938 movie “Nancy Drew, Detective” the Rivoli Theatre can clearly be seen in the background of a car chase sequence,
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