324 N. Main Street,
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Rialto Theatre (Official)
Architects: Roland 'Tip' Goucher Harrison, Frank E. Wetherell
Firms: Wetherell & Harrison
Functions: Live Performances, Movies
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Rialto Theatre opened on September 3, 1939, designed in Streamline Moderne style, with seating for 200. It is located on Main Street. The theater remained in operation for half a century, closing in 1989. It was reopened in 1995 as a movie house and venue for live performances.
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Here is another view of the Rialto:
I think that was some kind of joke.
I don’t know. I was thinking maybe the marquee was set up for a movie shoot.
Here’s a 2008 view of the RIALTO: http://www.boxsetgallery.com/stein/index4.html
This appears to have been a replacement for an earlier Rialto Theatre. The February 1, 1939, issue of Boxoffice magazine said that Jack Bouma, operator of the Rialto Theatre in Pocahontas, planned to begin construction on a new theater there that spring. The plans for the new house were being drawn by the Des Moines architectural firm Wetherell & Harrison.
The earlier Rialto Theater was down the street and around the corner. The building is still there at 29 3rd Ave NE. The Boumas operated the “Old” Rialto from the 1920s until they constructed the “new” Rialto discussed above.
Manager Jerry Reiter in a March 1970 issue of BOxoffice said that the movie “THE WILD BUNCH” played the Rialto and said “FOR TOO MUCH BLOOD FOR MY PATRONS”,but he said he got many good comments. Played Wednesday- Saturday.Cold Iowa weather.
Still another comment from Jerry Reiter,“CASTLE KEEP” he said “just enough comedy and fighting to make it good"It played four days.