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Rivola Theater (State Theater) - Tawas City MI

Address: 541 W Lake St
City: Tawas City
State: MI
Zip: 48763
County: Iosco
Open: 1930's
Capacity:
Owner History: Ashmun Theatres
Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 3015
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General Information:

Tawas City had a theater going back as far as the 1930's at least. This theater was also known as the State and the Bay. Another 1970 article tied it all together, mentioning the other names it operated under. We know the State and Rivola are the same because the building is clearly the same in the historical photos. The article states it was also the State and the Bay. So, it was all 3. It was being used as a church before it was razed.

The reason it was razed is so the land could be used for extra parking for Keiser Drug at 537 W Lake St which is gone also. I figure the theater was at 541 next door. A look back at the 1958 and 1975 aerials shows that there were several buildings along that stretch and you can even see the theater in 58 and being gone by 75. See the comparison aerial photo below. I have marked the wooden building in the street view as Keiser Drug but it may be the original structure was razed. The drug store building in the historical photo looks to be brick. The location was right either way.

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Rivola Theater (State Theater) - Old Photos From Facebook
Old Photos From Facebook
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - 2016 Street View Of Lot
2016 Street View Of Lot
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - 1958 Vs 1978 Comparison
1958 Vs 1978 Comparison
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - April 1957 Ashmun Bros Owned
April 1957 Ashmun Bros Owned
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - 1975 Ad For Keiser Drug With Address
1975 Ad For Keiser Drug With Address
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - April 938
April 938
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - Ashmun Buying Up Theaters Sept 30 1940
Ashmun Buying Up Theaters Sept 30 1940
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - Dec 11 1931 Article
Dec 11 1931 Article
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - Feb 1957
Feb 1957
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - May 1970 Razed For Drug Store
May 1970 Razed For Drug Store
Rivola Theater (State Theater) - The Sebewaing Blade Jul 5 1946 Article On Mgmt Change
The Sebewaing Blade Jul 5 1946 Article On Mgmt Change
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