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Rivoli, Hawthorn East

Venue Summary
Name Rivoli, Hawthorn East
Address 200 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3124
Operation Dates 1940-10-11 - 9999-12-31
Capacity 1500
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 8
Roles
1940-10-11 - 1970-01-01 : Exhibitor : Junction Theatre Company Pty Ltd
1968-12-26 - 1999-04-26 : Owned : Robert Mc Leish Theatres
1971-01-01 - 1999-04-26 : Exhibitor : Rivoli Twin Cinemas Pty Ltd
Venue Comments

Robert Mc Leish, built the first Rivoli, Camberwell Theatre in Camberwell at 481 Burke Road, in 1921. By 1940 he opened the new Rivoli. In June 1949 the Rivoli suffered minor fire damage and in 1954, widescreen was installed. In August 1967 Todd AO projectors were installed and screen brought forward , which resulted in a loss of around 300 seats. In 1968 the theatre was divided into two. Opening as the Rivoli Twin Cinemas on Boxing Day of 1968. In 1983, control of the theatre passed from Mc Leish family to Village Theatres. On April 26 1999 the cinema closed for refurbishment which would include 6 more screens. The new Rivoli opened on Thursday 4 May 2000.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1953/4 = 1644
1954/5-1965/6 = 1642
1966/67 = 1332
1969/70 -71 = 732(Rivoli 1) & 400 (Rivoli 2)

References

1967 'Rivoli Revived' in Showman, September 15, p.5.
'Engaging art deco' Sunday Herald Sun 21 May 2000, p. 95

Film Weekly (15 August 1968, p.1.) reports Junction Theatre Co. has agreed to enter into a joint operating company in which Village Drive-in Ltd and the Junction Theatre Co. will take up shares. Announced by Junction managing director R. J. Mc Leish.

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1971

Johnson, L 1999 'Credits roll but the Rivoli will return with a view to arthouse glory days' The Age 27 April, p. A7
Craig, R 2009 'Rivoli Theatre up for grabs', Age, March 20.
Gillman, J 1987, 'Those were the days...' The Progress Press, 20 January
Lambert, C 2000 'A silver screen revival' Sunday Herald Sun 30 April p, 87
Lindsay, N 2004 'Palace of celluloid dreams takes a bow' Weekend Financial Review 24 July, p. 5
Ryan, T 2000 'The death of the arthouse', Age, May 14, p.7.
'New Rivoli is luxurious opening today at Camberwell' The Argus October 11, 1940 (opening tonight)

Parr, B 1977, 'Along film row', Australasian Cinema, 4 November, p. 6. (references closing of venue)
Thorne, R 1981, Cinemas of Australia via USA, pp.316-317.
Tod, L 2005, 'Rivoli Cinemas', Kino: cinema quarterly, no.95, pp.8-10.

2000 'Opening soon! Melbourne's most loved cinemas return' Age, 14 February, p.4 (advertisement)
Uebergang, K 2004, 'Cinema named one of best in the world' Herald Sun, 23 July, p. 3

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1940-10-11 Rivoli 200 Camberwell Rd
Hawthorn East
Victoria 3124
-37.8305733
145.0558374
1644 Suburb Cinema 1
1967-01-01



1332
1968-12-26 Rivoli Twin



1132 2
2000-05-04 Rivoli



1500 8

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
El Cid Allied Artists
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
1963-02-26 - 1963-02-26
Ciociara, La Embassy Pictures Corporation
Titanus Distribuzione
1966-06-23 - 1966-06-28
Sunday in New York Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1966-06-23 - 1966-06-28
Bell'Antonio, Il Cino Del Duca Films
Embassy Pictures Corporation
1966-07-28 - 1966-08-03
Fortuna di Essere Donna, La Films Around the World 1966-07-28 - 1966-08-03
Aida CEI Incom
I.F.E. Releasing Corporation
1966-08-04 - 1966-08-04
Vaghe Stelle Dell'Orsa Royal Films International 1967-03-02 - 1967-03-02
Metello 1971-10-07 - 1971-11-24
They Might Be Giants 1971-10-07 - 1971-10-20
Bye Bye Braverman 1971-10-21 - 1971-11-03
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