Springville residents rally together to renovate historic theater [Utah]

Residents focus The Rivoli Theater which first opened in 1927

Nov 15, 2011

In the mid-1950s, Lee Taylor went on his first real date. He was in the fourth grade and with a dollar in hand from his parents, he and his friend treated two girls to a movie, popcorn and drinks and left with memories that have lasted his entire life.

“I always am reminiscent of that first date,” Taylor said. “I even brought home the left over 15 cents. I was such a good son.”

This date took place at the Rivoli Theater in Springville. Taylor, a resident of Springville for 65 years, said he had many memories of going to this theater in his youth including that first date.


“We loved the Rivoli,” Taylor said. “I remember going there whenever we could afford it. A matinee on Saturday was only 15 cents.”

The Rivoli opened as a silent movie house in 1927. Since then, it was shut down, and re-opened, several times over the years and even endured a name change. During that time, the stage hosted live theater, family films, and musicals written by local artists.

In 2008, Springville City bought the property. According to savetherivoli.org, the plans to renovate it came to halt because of the economy.

That was until Andy and Norma Shelline, residents of Mapleton and founders of the Save the Rivoli committee. …

… The Rivoli Theater is located on Main Street in Springville. More information about the renovation efforts can be found at savetherivolli.org.

For the complete story visit: http://universe.byu.edu/index.php/2011/11/15/local-community-members-rally-together-to-renovate-historic-theater/

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