Rialto Theater

Main Street,
Boaz, AL 35957

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The photo at the link below is the Rialto Theater in Boaz, Alabama. Any further information on the Rialto Theater would be appreciated.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2005 at 4:25 am

The Film Daily Yearbooks;1941 and 1943 editions list the Rialto Theatre with a seating capacity of 200. This must have been the first theatre located at 105 South Main Street. Obviously they were not up-dated to cover the move (or expansion) to 109 South Main Street. By the time the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. was published, it is listed with a seating capacity of 500.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2005 at 5:58 am

Even in 1950 the population of Boaz, AL was only 1,927. I would guess that this theatre must have ‘moved’ (not physically lifted up and moved) but ‘moved’ into another already existing building, until 1939/1940 when it finally settled.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2005 at 6:06 am

On the photo of the Rialto Theatre linked above, the titles on the marquee date it at around 1929. “Mother Knows Best” (1928) and “Collegians” (1926).

Samantha74 on August 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I have no idea how I came to this site but I joined so I could give you some info and maybe clear up a tiny bit of confusion. I have lived in Boaz, AL for 31 years, my father was born & raised here. I called to get this info from my dad & a friend of his.

The Rialto was the theater in the very old & tall building, I will try to get a photo of it in it’s current state. But there was at one time two theaters here, they couldn’t remember the name of it. I’m going to try researching and try to find out for you all. There are some links that I could share with old photos, if that is allowed??

Samantha74 on August 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thanks! I was just looking at that link. I will keep asking and searching, kinda fun & interesting!!

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