Rivoli Cinema

Cairo, Egypt

Status: open

By: Silke Laux
Last update: 5/6/2021
Facade of the Rivoli Cinema, Cairo
Facade of the Rivoli Cinema, Cairo

Year of construction (completed): 1945
Year of first opening: 1948
Architectural style: art deco
Number of screens: 5
Number of seats: 2150

This cinema in downtown Cairo was designed by the British architect Leonard Allen. It opened in 1948. The owner, the British Rank Organisation, showed British films. The Rivoli Cinema had the only theatre pipe organ which had been installed in a movie theatre in the Middle East. On January 26th, 1952, it was heavily damaged during anti-British riots and the Rank Organisation gave up the control of the building.

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