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Salvage Day

January, 1987, Rivoli Theater – Muncie, Indiana: A few days before demolition started, the salvage company finished removing seats and equipment and opened the theater up for a Saturday Salvage Day. The format: if you could remove it, lift it, and carry it out, you could have it (once you paid a bargained price for it.) Everything in the theater was fair game. People were literally ripping fixtures and trim from the walls. My friend Bill Boggs and I attended the sale, both to hunt for items, plus snap a few photos.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

South side of the Rivoli Theater. Salvage sale is in progress…

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

West side of the Rivoli, first floor was the location of the celebrated Rivoli Restaurant  which so many Central HS students used to frequent. Second floor was home to a number of business offices over the years.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Closer view of the west side entrance of the Rivoli.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Bill Boggs poses near the South side entrance of the Rivoli.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Bill Boggs walks along the sidewalk on the south side of the Rivoli.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Unidentified woman removes a portion of a door during the salvage sale.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Stairwell looking down towards lobby, handrails have been removed.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Back corner of the balcony, part of a decorative column was removed by an ambitious souvenir hunter.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Interior of the 2nd theater. Bill Boggs poses in front of the destroyed projection screen.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Bill Boggs and an unidentified person backstage at the Rivoli, salvaging rigging gear,

Photographer John D. Disher poses on the ladder leading to the attic area of the Rivoli, January, 1987

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Handwritten sign on one of the exit doors illustrated the frustration felt by some supporters of the Rivoli.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Patrons paying for their salvage items in the ticket lobby.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Rivoli ticket booth, partially dismantled.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

Back of the Rivoli Stage, one of the Salvage Day attendees loads up their vehicle with salvage items.

Photograph by John D. Disher, c1987

A happy salvager heads home with his prizes.

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One response

  1. Kellie

    I have one of the benches from the lobby and a brick as it was being torn down. I saw my first theater movie at the Rivoli when I was 4. My aunt and her friends took me to see Lady and the Tramp. I will always remember the Rivoli. Thank you for this site.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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