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.
South side of the Rivoli Theater. Salvage sale is in progress…
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.
Closer view of the west side entrance of the Rivoli.
Bill Boggs poses near the South side entrance of the Rivoli.
Bill Boggs walks along the sidewalk on the south side of the Rivoli.
Unidentified woman removes a portion of a door during the salvage sale.
Stairwell looking down towards lobby, handrails have been removed.
Back corner of the balcony, part of a decorative column was removed by an ambitious souvenir hunter.
Interior of the 2nd theater. Bill Boggs poses in front of the destroyed projection screen.
Bill Boggs and an unidentified person backstage at the Rivoli, salvaging rigging gear,
Handwritten sign on one of the exit doors illustrated the frustration felt by some supporters of the Rivoli.
Patrons paying for their salvage items in the ticket lobby.
Rivoli ticket booth, partially dismantled.
Back of the Rivoli Stage, one of the Salvage Day attendees loads up their vehicle with salvage items.
A happy salvager heads home with his prizes.