Rivoli Theatre

225 Broad Street,
Rome, GA 30161

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Architects: Albert Howell, McKendree A. Tucker

Firms: Tucker & Howell

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Elite Theatre

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RIVOLI (nee ELITE) Theatre; Rome, Georgia.

The Elite Theatre was opened November 9, 1911. It was remodeled October 5, 1925 reopening as the Rivoli Theatre. In July 1928 it was given a new fa├žade and marquee and a Kilgen organ was installed. By 1936 it was owned by Lam Amusements. It closed in 1955 and became a shoe store.

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JackCoursey on January 7, 2007 at 11:27 pm

Here is a resent photo of the former Rivoli.

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 10:00 am

According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia” page 551, the Rivoli had a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co. at one time.

1234 on November 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Just finished an article on the Rivoli published in the Atlanta Chapter ATOS November 2009 newsletter. Go to their website and go to that newsletter.

1234 on March 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Actualy the Rivoli opened as the Elite Theatre on Nov, 9,1911.
In 1925 the Elite was completely remodeled and re-opened as the Rivoli on Oct. 5, 1925. In July of 1928 the Kilgen organ was installed and a new facade and marquee where placed on the front of the building. The Rivoli closed in 1955 and became a shoe store, it has been several retail establishments over the years and is currently a pet store. The upper portions of the 1928 facade are still there.
The Reproduco was installed in the 1925 re-model.

SandraStanley on January 28, 2016 at 11:59 pm

I just got onto this page; am interested in the reference (1234) re: the shoe store on Broad Street in Rome, which opened in the Rivoli space. I am trying to locate the owners or operators of that store. I believe it will solve a mystery for me and for our family. Great grandfather, James Jefferson Morgan, lived in Rome, then moved to Alabama. When my grandfather was returned to his home in Alabama from visits with us (in Southern Georgia), he would ask to be taken home by way of Rome, so he could visit his ‘brother’, who owned a shoe store ‘on the main street’ there. This ‘brother’ was one of two brothers James Jefferson had from a union prior to the only one we knew of with our great grandmother. I know I am not on topic, per se, here, and I hope this is okay. It is, after all, history. Thanks for any insight. On my list of things to do is to go to Rome and check this out for myself… Thank you, Sandra Stanley

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